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Broncos come out flat; end season with a whimper vs. Raiders

The Denver Broncos looked terrible for three quarters and the game would get away from them against the Las Vegas Raiders in 27-14 loss.

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Opportunity for a strong finish was there, but not for the Denver Broncos. Instead, it was the Las Vegas Raiders who seized second place in the AFC West at the expense of a division rival and will enter the 2024 year with more optimism after the Josh McDaniels error.

Denver came out wholly flat. The spark we were promised from the benching of Russell Wilson never materialized. They scored 16 points last week in a win and had just a touchdown until down three scores in the fourth quarter. The Broncos defense was bullied all game and the team was just disappointing all around. Head Coach Sean Payton still has a lot of work to do to build this roster for next season.

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Broncos vs. Raiders final score

TEAM 1st 2nd 3rd 4th FINAL
TEAM 1st 2nd 3rd 4th FINAL
Denver Broncos 0 7 0 7 14
Las Vegas Raiders 7 10 0 10 27

First Quarter

After trading punts on the first three possessions of the game, with the Broncos defense forcing a three-and-out after a sack on the first Raiders drive, the Raiders got a driving going late in the first quarter.

They would drive down the field behind short passing game and good interior runs from Zamir White. The drive would be capped by a Jacoby Meyers fake pass attempt where he cut back and ran it into the end zone for the early lead for Las Vegas.

Raiders 7, Broncos 0.

Second Quarter

The Broncos answered the Raiders scoring drive early in the second quarter largely led by a 36-yard Jarrett Stidham pass to Brandon Johnson. However, a Maxx Crosby sack set up a seemingly insurmountable second and 22. A quick slant to Jerry Jeudy led to a juking run an dodge into the end zone to tie the game up at seven.

It looked like the Raiders were on the verge of responding with points on their next drive, but Aiden O’Connell fumbled the ball where Alex Singleton was able to recover. After review, it confirmed the ‘tuck rule’ came into effect and overturned the fumble where the Raiders were able to kick a 49-yard field goal to retake the lead.

Then in the final two minutes, the Raider offense absolutely dunked on Vance Joseph’s defense driving down for another score. They decided not to put Pat Surtain on Davante Adams in an obvious end zone route and he broke wide open for the late touchdown to blow the game wide open.

Raiders 17, Broncos 7.

Third Quarter

More trading of punts began the second half, but Denver had a chance at points late in the third quarter, but Jarrett Stidham missed on a perfect deep ball into the end zone having his pass batted away at the last second and then made two pretty terrible throws on third and fourth downs while being pressured to give the Raiders the ball back with good field position heading into the fourth quarter.

Raiders 17, Broncos 7.

Fourth Quarter

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Fabian Moreau seemed to get lost in coverage on a deep ball to Jacoby Meyer for the 34-yard touchdown pass to put the game away for good for the Las Vegas Raiders. That would be all she wrote on the Denver Broncos 2023 season.

The Broncos would add another touchdown in the fourth quarter. Big pass plays to Brandon Johnson and Jerry Jeudy would set them up with a first and goal, but it would take this fourth and goal direct snap run by Javonte Williams to secure Denver’s second score of the game.

Denver’s defense just could not make a stop on the Raiders next drive giving up third down conversion after third down conversion as Las Vegas chewed up the remaining clock to come out with the home victory over the lifeless Broncos team. The field goal would come with just over two minutes left in the game and that was that.

Raiders 27, Broncos 14.


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Broncos 2023 schedule

Wk Date Opponent Time (MT) TV Final Score Record
Wk Date Opponent Time (MT) TV Final Score Record
1 9/10/2023 vs. Las Vegas Raiders 2:25 PM CBS 16-17 0-1
2 9/17/2023 vs. Washington Commanders 2:25 PM CBS 33-35 0-2
3 9/24/2023 at Miami Dolphins 11:00 AM CBS 20-70 0-3
4 10/1/2023 at Chicago Bears 11:00 AM CBS 31-28 1-3
5 10/8/2023 vs. New York Jets 2:25 PM CBS 21-31 1-4
6 10/12/2023 at Kansas City Chiefs (TNF) 6:15 PM Prime Video 8-19 1-5
7 10/22/2023 vs. Green Bay Packers 2.25 PM CBS 19-17 2-5
8 10/29/2023 vs. Kansas City Chiefs 2:25 PM CBS 24-9 3-5
9 11/5/2023 BYE
10 11/13/2023 at Buffalo Bills (MNF) 6:15 PM ESPN 24-22 4-5
11 11/19/2023 vs. Minnesota Vikings (SNF) 6:20 PM NBC 21-20 5-5
12 11/26/2023 vs. Cleveland Browns 2:05 PM FOX 29-12 6-5
13 12/3/2023 at Houston Texans 11:00 AM CBS 17-22 6-6
14 12/10/2023 at Los Angeles Chargers 2:25 PM CBS 24-7 7-6
15 12/16/2023 at Detroit Lions (Saturday) 6:15 PM NFL Network 17-42 7-7
16 12/24/2023 vs. New England Patriots (SNF) 6:15 PM NFL Network 23-26 7-8
17 12/31/2023 vs. Los Angeles Chargers 2:25 PM CBS 16-9 8-8
18 1/7/2024 at Las Vegas Raiders 2:25 PM FOX 14-27 8-9