By: Chris Loveland
The Raiders put up a great fight today, but in the end it was not enough.
Today’s game was Carr’s chance to show the league he deserves to be in the conversation as one of the top QB’s in the league. Carr did thoroughly outplay Eli’s older brother, but it was not enough for the W. Carr went for 249 yards, a TD, and only 1 INT. However, that interception could not have been more costly, because with under 7 minutes left in the fourth, Chris Harris took that interception 72 yards for a Touchdown. The interception was in the midst of a beautiful drive by Carr, which looked like would give The Raiders the lead once again.
Derek Carr and Amari Cooper did not have themselves a day. It is easy to pass it off as part of the good Broncos secondary, but ACDC was just a little out of tune today. The Broncos defense is very good, but I sternly believe that Carr and Cooper could have exploited it. But, Carr had some good plays, and moments of maturity. Carr even caught the Broncos with an A-rodg-esque hard count. Carr also threw less interceptions than the former Cal product today; watch out Aaron there is a new MVP in Oakland. Joking aside Carr had a solid day, and he will be a great Quarterback in the years to come.
C’mon Latavius, today was your chance at redemption. 39 yards on 13 carries? Be better. That performance was not all on the line, the O-line set some solid run lanes against the powerful Denver front seven. Not a good day for the Oakland ground attack, that needs to change if this team wants to continue to improve.
Marcel Reece had himself a nice little day in the receiving game, he had 7 receptions for 49 yards and 1 touchdown. Reece has proven himself to be one of the most versatile H-backs in the game. From last year’s performance as the fill-in running back, to this year’s continued skill in the passing game, Reece has been fun to watch while in Oakland.
Sebass also had a big off day, going for 1/3 on Field goals. Had he sank both of his missed Field Goal attempts this would have been a tie game. A rare and costly bad day from the former first rounder.
Charles Woodson is the man. Charles Woodson picked off Papa John’s best friend twice, after having no career interceptions off of him throughout his entire 18 year career. Woodson is having a huge year in Oakland’s secondary, he is still an unbelievable talent, despite being 39 years of age. Woodson is being allowed to basically just roam the secondary and makes plays where he sees fit in the passing game. Woodson’s ability to read where the ball is headed is unparalleled. Woodson proved once again today that he is worthy of being a first ballot hall of famer.
The Defense played a good if not great game, The D only allowed 9 points against this supposed powerhouse offense. The D also held the Broncos to under 300 combined yards, an impressive feat to say the least. This weak Broncos run game once again was stifled, and The Raiders D-Line had constant pressure on Captain Falldown. This Defense forced the Broncos into 3 serious 3 and outs, that stat alone shows the grit and toughness held within this lineup.
The Raiders have perfected a quick look offense, and Carr thrives within it, if not for a few big mistakes, this offense would have truly picked apart this Broncos secondary.
If it wasn’t for Vonn “Sport Goggle” Miller’s beautiful strip sack, and Carr’s interception this would’ve been a Raiders victory, giving the Broncos a rude awakening. If not this season, next season these Raiders will be competing for the lead of the division. Especially if The Forehead continues regressing as he has done this season.
P.S. I despise Peyton Manning.