LOS ANGELES, SEPT. 9 -- Why are the Los Angeles Raiders still thinking about a move? Their recent fortunes here have been so favorable, even the nonsuperstitious in the organization couldn't possibly want to be anywhere else.

Sure, the seats are often empty and the heat sometimes gets unbearable at the L.A. Coliseum. So what? The Raiders have yet to lose in this historic stadium with Art Shell as coach, and they extended that winning streak today to seven with a 14-9 season opening victory over the Denver Broncos.

While the Raiders' tenant status remains day-to-day, they put aside rumors of a move to Oakland or Sacramento with a thorough defensive performance against the defending AFC champions.

"Everyone is making predictions about what I'm going to do, when nobody knows what I'm going to do," said Raiders owner Al Davis when asked about relocation plans. "I don't even want to get into it. We won, that's what you guys {reporters} want to focus on today."

The 54,206 fans and a like number of empty seats didn't provide much of a backdrop until Howie Long's fourth-quarter strip and recovery of the ball from John Elway, with the Broncos only four yards away from a touchdown that could have cut the Los Angeles lead to 14-13.

It was then the Raiders -- having rallied from a 6-0 halftime deficit on Jerry Robinson's five-yard interception return and Terry McDaniel's 42-yard fumble recovery during a span of 5 minutes 44 seconds in the third quarter -- began to enjoy themselves.

"I get paid, we win, it's great," said Long. "We were having fun out there."

Elway was having anything but fun. The Raiders' pass rush, looking every bit as good as many predicted, swarmed him from the start, rushing Elway into seven straight incompletions in the second quarter and a three-for-15 half.

His final numbers weren't much better: 14 of 31 for 157 yards and two interceptions. Elway was so affected by the heat that, during a key Broncos series with less than 10 minutes remaining, he left the game because of heat exhaustion.

Reserve quarterback Gary Kubiak completed all three of his passes during a drive that set up David Treadwell's third field goal, but Elway reentered the game for Denver's last drive, which began at its 23 with 1:43 left.

"They can bring it like no one else can bring it," Kubiak said of the Raiders' defensive front. "You have to give them credit."

The Raiders never relented. It was more than Greg Townsend's three sacks and Howie Long's two. More than Robinson's interception and McDaniel's fumble recovery. More than Elway and running back Bobby Humphrey, who was held to 24 yards on 11 carries, could handle.

"The defense played tremendously," Robinson said. "The guys played hard. They were the AFC champions and we beat them. And we're extremely happy about it."

Robinson's interception came moments after the Raiders failed to score on fourth and two from the Denver 4.

On third down, after Townsend dropped Elway for a 14-yard loss back to the 5, the Broncos quarterback called for a screen. Trying to connect with Steve Sewell swinging out of the backfield, Elway released the ball just as Robinson cut in front of Sewell.

"Down in that territory," said Robinson, "Denver has a tendency to screen. I just happened to be thinking about that tendency. Sure enough, they tried to run the middle screen."

All the Raiders lacked was a consistent offense. Former Redskins quarterback Jay Schroeder was unable to match the form he displayed last week in a 34-7 exhibition victory over San Diego, completing nine of 18 passes for 118 yards.

Schroeder appeared to have put the Raiders in position for a go-ahead touchdown with less than two minutes remaining in the first half, but his pass to wide-open Tim Brown at the Denver 18 was dropped.

"It was just the way the whole day went," Schroeder said of Brown's drop. "{But} our defense hung in there and played 60 minutes of great football."