Raiders outlast Broncos to get fifth win, 21-14: Highlights, recap, final score

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 26: Jalen Richard
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 26: Jalen Richard /

The Oakland Raiders outlasted the Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon in Week 12, 21-14. Here are all the highlights, the game recap and the final score.

It wasn’t always pretty, but what is with this football team? The Oakland Raiders put together enough offense to beat their AFC West rival Denver Broncos 21-14 on Sunday afternoon in Week 12.

Oakland improves to 5-6 on the year and is within a game of the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West race. Denver falls to 3-8 on the season and must focus its attention on the upcoming NFL Draft. The Broncos have lost an unthinkable seven games in a row.

The Raiders were about to be down 7-0 with Paxton Lynch getting the Broncos offense down to the one-yard line. He would get picked off by the Raiders of all teams. Oakland’s first pick of the season came on a tipped pass that fell into inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman‘s arms as he was lying in the Oakland end zone.

On the ensuing possession, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr would charge the offense down the field. He capped off the drive with a nice nine-yard strike to wide receiver Amari Cooper. Oakland would add a second touchdown in the second quarter when Marshawn Lynch punched it in from one-yard.

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That being said, it wasn’t all good for the Raiders. Two of members of the Silver and Black got ejected in the first quarterback. Michael Crabtree vs. Aqib Talib part two took center stage at The Coliseum. Yes, Talib ripped Crabtree’s chain off yet again. So of course, Crabtree punched him in the face while Talib still had his helmet on. Right guard Gabe Jackson would also get tossed in the midst of that ruckus.

Perhaps it was that fight that sparked the Raiders to find the end zone three times? Then again, Lynch proved his is not an NFL quarterback. He would have to leave the game with an ankle injury. His backup Trevor Siemian came in and began to carve up John Pagano’s secondary. One has to wonder if this game would have gone differently if the Broncos had gone with Siemian the entire time.

Cooper would have to leave the game with a concussion, but Carr and the Raiders persevered. The play that sealed the game for the Raiders was a sweet 54-yard completion to wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. Oakland is far from a championship caliber team, but only one win away from being in first place. This was a win Oakland absolutely needed and kudos to the Raiders for getting it done.

Three Stars

  1. Marshawn Lynch: Lynch had 26 carries for 67 yards and a touchdown. He also had three catches for 44 yards.
  2. Derek Carr: Carr completed 18 of 24 passes for 253 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
  3. Bruce Irvin: Irvin had three tackles and two quarterback sacks.


Next Game

The Raiders will host the New York Giants on Sunday afternoon in Week 13. Kickoff from Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum will be at 1:25 p.m. PT, 4:25 p.m. ET on Dec. 3. FOX will have the late afternoon telecast next Sunday.

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Oakland cannot take the awful Giants lightly. They might be coming to town next week, but this New York team did beat the Chiefs not that long ago. Then again, Kansas City has cratered. Great win for the Raiders today. Celebrate tonight, but hit the ground running tomorrow. Here’s to being back to .500 by this time next week!