The Oakland Raiders would finish their drive with a second and nine from the Denver Broncos ten yard line, but Denver would hold at their own four yard line to force another field goal attempt by Oakland. This time, he couldn’t have missed it and put the Raiders up 3-0 early in the second quarter.
The Raiders would decline a holding penalty on Noah Fant to take the loss of downs instead, but then Drew Lock fired a bullet up to Courtland Sutton who made a leaping grab for a 19-yard gain and the first down.
Lock would scramble outside for five yards out to midfield on the next play. DaeSean Hamilton continued to follow up his solid performance last week with a catch over the middle for seven yards and a first down. They went back to the Phillip Lindsay well on first down for four yards. That run would put him 26 yards away from 1,000 on the season.
After a short gain by Lindsay, Lock found Sutton again on a side armed pass over the middle for an 11-yard gain and another first down.
Unfortunately, Jake Rodgers bad day at right tackle continued as he was completely dominated by Max Crosby who tackled Diontae Spencer for a big loss on first down. On second and 18, Lock was almost intercepted on a pass over the middle. Lock’s next pass was complete over the middle to get Denver back into field goal range where Brandon McManus would kick a 43-yarder to tie the game up.
Mike Purcell continued to dominate his matchups inside stuffing yet another run in the first half. Another drop by a wide receiver helps the Denver defense on second down with Isaac Yiadom in coverage. On third and 10, Derek Carr side armed a screen pass that went for another huge gain of 33 yards into Broncos territory.
Another wide open receiver caught the ball at the Broncos 20 yard line on the very next play. It wouldn’t take them long from there to get a first and goal at the Broncos five yard line. After a short run, Carr went Yiadom’s way where Yiadom finally made a play to knock the pass away to force a third and goal.
Carr, from the shotgun, found yet another wide open receiver for the touchdown. However, after review it was overturned. On fourth and inches, the Raiders would go for it. The Raiders run a fullback dive that is met by an orange brick wall for the stop.
From their own 1 yard line, Sutton was completely mugged on an outside pass that was called for pass interference to get them out to the nine yard line. Royce Freeman was stuffed on first down, but then caught a pass over the middle to setup a third and four. From the shotgun, Lock went deep and overthrew Sutton to bring out the punting unit.
The Raiders continued to attack Yiadom, but Trey Marshall stripped the ball and recovered it for a huge turnover with just over a minute remaining in the first half.
On first down, Lock would scramble for 12 yards down to the Raiders 29 yard line. A short screen pass to Sutton was followed by another pass to Sutton that was broken up. On third down, Lock fired a pass to DaeSean Hamilton for 11 yards and another first down for Denver with just over half a minute left in the first half.
From the Raiders 14-yard line, Lock went to the end zone to Sutton who drew another pass interference penalty to setup a first and goal from the one yard line. Lock threw it in from there to Andrew Beck for the touchdown reception and the 10-3 lead with 28 seconds remaining in the first half.