The Raiders came out fighting and looked like they could actually pull off the upset for most of the first half, but a combination of mistakes and poor execution eventually did them in. Peyton Manning and the Broncos took some time to find a groove, but capitalizing on Oakland mistakes helped them find a rhythm and cruise to what was ultimately an easy win.
The Raiders were up 10-6 with three minutes remaining in the half, but then C.J. Wilson danced through the defense on a 51-yard touchdown pass from Peyton Manning and took all the air out the Coliseum. The Raiders' confidence was wrecked, and they never got back in the game. Other than a late consolation TD from Carr to Mychal Rivera, It was one-way traffic from that point on.
Breakout Performer of the Day:
Richmond's own C.J. Anderson, playing in front of family and friends, put on an absolute show...but unfortunately for the Raiders, the home-town kid was playing in orange and blue. The second-year RB out of Cal racked up 163 total yards and a touchdown on 13 carries and four catches.
Stat of the Day:
Oakland's lack of a running game is becoming a more serious problem with each passing week. Today, six players combined to pick up 30 yards on 15 carries. That won't cut it at any level.
Lowlight of the Day:
Khalif Barnes wasn't expecting to have to run with the ball today, but that's where he found himself after Derek Carr hit him with a shovel pass on a broken play early in the second half. Barnes rumbled forward for a few feet, got tackled, and fumbled the ball, giving Peyton Manning possession inside the Raiders' 15-yard-line.
The 7-2 Broncos will finish off their road trip next week in St. Louis, while the Raiders continue to search for their first win on the road against San Diego.Back to the Oakland Raiders Newsfeed