The Denver Broncos needed to make a statement offensively to get things back on track since Trevor Siemian’s return from injury. Instead, they bumbled around with poor drives and giving the Oakland Raiders excellent field position.
With that field position, the Broncos defense was unable to hold to the tide forever and quickly spotted the Raiders a 13 point lead. The Broncos never fully recovered and fell to 6-3 with their 30-20 loss to their division rival.
Rick Dennison seems to love calling pass plays, because that is all he does with Trevor Siemian. Siemian would start the game 1/7 and three three and outs. Good job, Dennison.
Meanwhile, the Raiders took advantage of the good field position to put up two field goals in their first two drives. They would end the quarter with a first and goal opportunity to put up even more points.
Raiders 6, Broncos 0.
With three straight runs, the Raiders did finally punch it in for the touchdown to start the second quarter.
After tying a Tim Tebow record from 2011 for most three and outs to start a game, the Broncos offense finally got going with their first first down of the game with 10 minutes left in the second quarter.
The drive would end with a beautiful rollout by Siemian for a 36-yard touchdown to Jordan Norwood.
The Raiders got a drive of their own going to answer the Broncos score, but Sebastian Janikowski hooked a 48-yard field goal attempt to keep the score 13-7.
Todd Davis would make the weakest tackle attempt in all history that would spring Latavius Murray loose for a 42-yard gain and put the Raiders in scoring position late in the first half.
The drive would result in a Raiders touchdown and a 13-point lead with the first half winding down.
Siemian and the Broncos got a drive going before halftime. Driving down far enough to setup Brandon McManus for a 55-yard field goal attempt that he nailed.
Raiders 20, Broncos 10.
The third quarter was mostly led by the Raiders getting close to scoring position, but just outside of it followed by perfect punts down inside the five yard line for the Broncos to deal with.
Demaryus Thomas got the Broncos going with a pass interference call to get them out of the their own end zone. The drive would be a good one, ultimately stalling just inside field goal range.
Brandon McManus started the quarter with a field goal to cut the Raiders lead to just a touchdown.
With the Broncos defense down Aqib Talib, Derek Wolfe and Brandon Marshall, the cracks began to show through. The Raiders quickly drove out past midfield, with Carr hitting his tight end down to the Broncos 30 yard line.
Another conversion to Cooper who was being covered by Roby set the Raiders up inside the red zone. The Broncos defense stiffened to force the field goal.
The Broncos offense needed to score a touchdown at some point in the fourth quarter if this game was every going to be in question.
With a soft defense, Siemian started making some throws quickly getting the Broncos out to midfield with half the fourth quarter already gone. Then on second down, Siemian was pressured up the middle and was stripped by Bruce Irvin that was recovered by Oakland.
On the very next play, Carr would try to hit his running back on a wheel route and Ward jumped in front for the big time interception, but it was reviewed and reversed.
The big break, became the straw that broke the camels back.
The drive would result in a game sealing touchdown. Game over.
There was one good thing that happened before the end of the game when Kapri Bibbs took a short screen pass 69 yards for the touchdown.
Raiders 30, Broncos 20.