DENVER — A game between the Oakland Raiders and the Denver Broncos is never without excitement.
While it seemed as if the Broncos should have dominated at times, the game remained close and interesting until the very end. Despite a missed fake punt, a third quarter in which their offense totaled -6 yards, and the loss of their starting quarterback, Derek Carr, to a back injury, the pesky Raiders kept things nervously close.
Everything started off perfectly for the Broncos in a first quarter that went smoothly for both the offense and defense, adding up to an early 10-0 lead. The two scoring drives for Denver included an incredible one-handed touchdown grab by A.J. Derby.
By the beginning of the second quarter, Carr was 3-for-6 for 16 yards while Trevor Siemian was 7-of-10 for 115 yards and a touchdown. Things would even out after that.
Shortly afterward, Raiders receiver Jhonny Holton was beating Darian Stewart deep for a 64-yard touchdown that made the game a real contest, 10-7, capping off an improbable 99-yard drive from the Raiders.
Starting the half 10-7, it was again all Orange & Blue as Oakland totaled -6 yards in the third quarter and then lost their quarterback on an Adam Gotsis sack.
Still, Denver struggled to put Oakland away, even after a botched fake Raiders punt that gifted them great field position. The Broncos couldn’t capitalize and found themselves settling for a field goal that Brandon McManus missed, his third miss of the season.
While Vance Joseph’s crew kept struggling to close things out offensively, Oakland found a spark with backup quarterback E.J. Manuel who drove them down for a field goal to close the gap to 16-10.
In the end, though, the defense closed things out just as Manuel had the offense driving down the field once again. Justin Simmons skyed high over Amari Cooper to get the game-sealing interception, the Broncos winning the game by just six, 16-10, in what seemed like a potential blowout at times.