The Broncos were ready to score. With the ball on the one-yard line Denver dialed up a pass, but NaVorro Bowman broke up the throw. After a couple of deflections the ball fell back to Bowman laying on the ground.
It was the Raiders first interception of the season and jump started a dominant display that led to a 21-14 win over Denver.
Immediately after the interception, Derek Carr led the Raiders down the field for their first touchdown drive, which ended with a one-yard touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch.
The Raiders running back was the focal point of the offense. He had 6 carries on the Raiders first 11 plays of the game. He finished the game with 67 yards on 26 carries and added 44 yards on 3 catches.
The 26 carries were a season high for Lynch, who has surpassed 15 carries just twice all season.
Aside from the early Lynch carries, the game started with a bang, as Michael Crabtree and Aqib Talib were ejected after a fight broke out. Talib, for the second year in a row, yanked Crabtree’s necklace off.
The Raiders also had right guard Gabe Jackson ejected for running over an official during the scuffle.
The Raiders were down their top two receivers for most of the game. Following Crabtree’s ejection, Amari Cooper was knocked out of the game after he was knocked unconscious. Carr fired a high pass over the middle that forced Cooper to expose himself while trying to make the catch.
Cooper took a hit directly to the head and was knocked out on the field. He walked off under his own power, but did not return to the game.
Even without Crabtree and Cooper, Derek Carr had a solid day completing 18 of 24 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns. Carr managed to find nine different receivers on the day.
The Raiders defense was dominant while Paxton Lynch played quarterback for Denver. In his first start of the season Lynch completed 9 of 14 passes for 41 yards. Lynch left the game with an ankle injury.
Trevor Siemian entered the game in the third quarter and led the Broncos on their first scoring drive in the fourth quarter. Siemian ended the game with 149 yards on 11 of 21 passing.
Siemian made the game interesting with a late touchdown pass to pull the game within seven points. But the Raiders held on after Carr hit Cordarrelle Patterson for 54 yards on a 3rd and 8 on a lofted pass which saw Patterson break multiple tackles.
The win puts the Raiders back in the discussion for the AFC West, as the Chiefs sit just one game ahead of the Raiders and the Chargers in the division.
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