Story and photo by R. Mascardo
Derek Carr threw a touchdown pass on the opening drive of the season, rookie Jose Jacobs ran for two scores and the Oakland Raiders beat the Denver Broncos 24-16 on September 9 while former receiver Antonio Brown spent a busy week.
Unlike Carr, Denver quarterback Flacco was ill at ease for much of the Monday night’s affair.
Arden Key was driven into the ground on several hard hits in the pocket and was just
out of sync in an offense that often looked unprepared. He didn’t target Sanders until after the Raiders had taken multiple-score lead, pulling Denver within eight points just before the two minute-warning after settling for three field-goal drives earlier in the contest.
The Raiders had three sacks and all were crucial. Two were third-down stops on the red zone and third knocked.
Oakland was out of feild goal range by the end of the first half, failing at some ugly two-minute drill offense.
Raiders rookie running back Josh Jacobs rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries in his NFL debut, including a two-yard score late in the second quarter to cap a drive that took over eight minutes off the clock.
Denver kicked a field goal trailing by 15 points with less than nine minutes to play.
Oakland countered with another field goal and then scored a touchdown just before the two minute warning.
Raiders converted the first down they needed to ice the game and they began their final campaign in Oakland with a win.
NEXT: Raiders play Kansas City Chiefs here at home.