The Las Vegas Raiders overcome penalties and dropped passes to beat the Denver Broncos 37-12. The offense started slow, scoring only 10 points in the first half, but exploded in the second half, scoring 27 points with 17 coming in the fourth quarter.
Running the Ball
Las Vegas played a physical football game running the ball 41 times for 203 yards. With Kolton Miller, Richie Incognito, and Trent Brown out on the offensive line, the Raiders still could provide run lanes for Josh Jacobs and Devontae Booker. Jacobs rushed for 112 yards on 21 carries with two rushing touchdowns and Booked 81 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns against his former team. It is nice to see the Raiders overcome injuries on the offensive line and still produce.
Derek Carr played a mistake-free game; he passed for 154 yards. His numbers don’t look all that great, but he threw some nice balls and made some plays with legs. Nelson Agholor dropped a touchdown pass, and Darren Waller dropped what could have a touchdown. If those plays were produced, Carr numbers would look better. But none the less a win is a win.
Defense Forcing Turnovers
The Raiders defense came into the game with only five tunrovers forced on the season. Against the Broncos, the forced five takeaways. The first turnover was enormous; the Broncos were driving to take a halftime lead when safety Jeff Heath read Drew Lock‘s eyes and jumped the route in the end zone for an interception. Heath added another interception, and defensive end Carl Nassib grabbed him a pick in a zone blitz situation. Linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski capped off the game with a one-handed interception to give the Raiders four picks on the day.
Cornerback Nevin Lawson also did a great striping Broncos receiver DaeSean Hamilton, and the Raiders recovered. This was by far the best defensive game the Raiders have played; they looked fast got pressure on the quarterback. Las Vegas will need to continue to play this physical brand of football next week against the Kansas City Cheifs.