In one of the most anticipated games of week 4, the Broncos won the otherwise suffered against the Raiders to go to their week of rest with three victories, all as local. The result marks an even game and this was because Denver left opportunities to give life to the rival. Finally the team of Jack Del Rio takes his second consecutive defeat of the season by score 16-10.
The game was finished when …
Quarterback EJ Manuel, who had come in for Derek Carr, led the Raiders offense to a possible comeback. They were already on the 41st of the rival and if they managed to score of six points, with the extra point they would turn the marker. But missing 1:56, Manuel decides to throw towards Amari Cooper in a deep trajectory and the saferty Justin Simmons manages to intercept.
Finally Denver secured a game that always kept in suspense until this play.
Raiders vs Broncos Analysis
12 yards per carry from Marshawn Lynch
Once again the Denver defense had a great performance limiting the rival’s running back star. The turn was for Marshawn Lynch, who had 9 carries in the game and got only 12 yards. The longest haul of the afternoon was 4 yards and so the Raiders team relied on the air raid on Carr and later on Manuel.
The Oakland team tends to do good work from Carr, but he did not have Michael Crabtree on injury and after poor performances by Amari Cooper, they needed a more balanced attack to cause greater danger.
The Broncos offense continues to have trouble scoring
Once again we saw the inability of the Denver offense to get points. It’s the second week we see this unit get a touchdown and both times has been in the first half. In this game the Raiders were able to push with three or four men and managed to get out of the bag of protection to QB Siemian, who is not the most effective throwing in motion.
The offensive line commits punishments at key moments and usually have errors that end up affecting the continuity of the series. Menelik Watson had to leave due to injury and Donald Stephenson was immediately displayed by Khalil Mack.
Another example of their poor performance is that the receiving leader was AJ Derby with 75 yards and the wide receivers starters ended up with 27 and 11 yards respectively for Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas. The effectiveness in the third down was 5 of 16. It seems that what we saw against the Cowboys was a mirage and with this level will not reach them to get well released the rest of the season.
The injury of Derek Carr
I can not say that this situation was the difference in the game. In fact, until the time that Carr was injured, the Broncos with their defense were controlling the game with a score of 16-7. EJ Manuel replaced with less than 5 minutes remaining in the third quarter and did not look bad at all, commanding the offensive that ended in the field goal that brought his team closer to 6 points. And it could have been touchdown if Jared Cook did not drop the ball in the end zone.
It is said that Carr’s back injury is not serious, but if he returns soon, he will have to make adjustments to become the dangerous offense we have not seen in two weeks.
Brandon McManus once again failed
Not long ago the Broncos kicker received an extension of contract and has since been made to believe that he cheated his team. Before it was one of the most effective in its position and a guarantee no matter that the distance was greater to 50 yards.
Before the Raiders had the worst failure of the season. The field goal attempt was 29 yards and if they did, the Broncos would have gone 12 points clear of Oakland. It came McManus and put it right in the left post to lose the opportunity.
I do not know if this is an alarm for Vance Joseph, but the Denver kicker is not at his best.
MVP and party villain
MVP – Justin Simmons – Safety
It is obvious that this safety saved the team from the debacle to a backup quarterback with the interception at the end of the fourth quarter. No doubt it was a time when Oakland felt confident and was moving forward with good passes from Manuel, but thanks to his athletic ability, Simmons managed to jump more than Amari Cooper and stay with the ball.
It is worth mentioning that Simmons did better than Darian Stewart, who looked very bad in the touchdown of Johnny Holton.
The Villain – Jared Cook – Tight End
It was incredible that Cook dropped Manuel’s pass with which they could put the game 16-14 with a lot of time to play in the fourth quarter. The Denver offense was inoperative and it would not have been difficult for Oakland to win.
In week 5 they will receive at home the Ravens, who like them, come from two consecutive defeats. The Oakland team looks more solid if Derek Carr plays, although EJ Manuel did not hurt him against Denver. It will be a complicated game for Baltimore’s defense but I think they are a better team playing at home.
He is one of the first teams to take his week off (if we take Dolphins and Buccaneers off) in Week 5 to return to the Giants in Week 6. On paper they should not be a risk, are going through a good moment, so they will have time to make a good game plan and correct their flaws, especially the offense.