By: Max Klotz
Final Score: Denver Broncos: 41 Oakland Raiders: 17
The Raiders struck first in this game and jumped out to a 10-6 lead early in the second quarter. Peyton Manning threw two first half interceptions which the Raiders turned into a field goal and a Derek Carr touchdown to Brice Butler. D.J Hayden had one interception on a tipped ball and Justin Tuck had the other. However, Peyton Manning returned to his normal superhuman ways on a screen pass to C.J. Anderson. Anderson took Manning’s pass 51 yards for Manning’s first touchdown of the day.
Manning did not look back from there. He finished the day with five touchdown passes and 340 yards. The Raiders could not stop any of the Denver offense and four Broncos ended the day with more than 60 receiving yards. Emmanuel Sanders caught two touchdowns and Julius Thomas caught two touchdowns, while C.J. Anderson tore put the Raiders catching the ball and running it. Anderson finished the day with 163 scrimmage yards and one receiving touchdown.
The entire Raider offense struggled against the revamped Broncos defense. Derek Carr ended the day with only 192 passing yards despite throwing the ball 47 times. He also threw two interceptions, one to T.J. Ward and the other to Bradley Roby, the Broncos first round draft pick. On the bright side, the Raiders offensive line was able to keep the Broncos vicious pass rushers, namely Von Miller and Demarcus Ware, off Derek Carr. They did not give up a sack on the day.
The Raiders only rushed for 30 yards and their longest rush on the day was 6 yards long. The Raiders need to establish their running game if they want any hope of winning games this year. Derek Carr cannot carry this team with his arm, at least not at this point in his career. Their leading rusher was McFadden and he only had 14 rushing yards.
Next up the Raiders have the San Diego Chargers. The Raiders best game of the year so far was probably their last game against the Chargers, when Carr threw for 4 touchdowns. At that point in the season the Chargers looked like one of huge strongest teams in the AFC. However, the Chargers are now only one game above .500 after having lost three straight games. The most recent of those was a 37-0 drubbing at the hands of the Miami Dolphins. Maybe the Raiders can have a repeat performance against San Diego.
Cover Image: By Jeffrey Beall [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons