The Oakland Raiders didn't seem to miss Antonio Brown on Monday night, defeating the Denver Broncos 24-16 on Monday night to move to 1-0 on the season.
It was the Raiders' first game since the bizarre departure of superstar wide receiver Antonio Brown, who after joining the team in the offseason ran his own way out of town before ever taking a snap in Oakland.
Many thought the distractions that Brown brought to the franchise would be a detriment to their opening game on Monday. However, the Raiders looked poised and treated the home crowd to a prime time win to kick off their final season in Oakland.
Making the loss of Brown easier to take was the emergence of wide receiver Tyrell Williams, another player the Raiders acquired in the offseason. Williams finished the game with six catches for 105 yards and a touchdown.
Throughout the game, Raider Nation made their feelings on Brown's departure clear, chanting "F— A.B.! F— A.B.!" loud enough that the ESPN microphones couldn't help but pick them up.
Other fans took other measures to show their displeasure, with some using a bit of carefully placed black duct tape to transform their No. 84 Antonio Brown jerseys in No. 81 Tim Brown jerseys.
The Raiders still have a long season ahead of them, but they looked sharp in their opener, and despite a mountain of distractions brought on by their departed wide receiver, were able to leave with the win in their final Monday night game in Oakland.