DENVER (NWN) – Derek Carr cut the Denver defense for 341 yards and two touchdowns, Max Crosby made three sacks and the Las Vegas Raiders began the post-John Gruden era With a 34-24 loss to the bewildered Broncos on Sunday.
The Raiders (4-2) led longtime special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia to victory in his debut as interim head coach, and offensive coordinator Greg Olsson in his first play-off for Las Vegas since Carr’s rookie season in 2014. He was adept at calling duties.
The Raiders began by ending an 11-game streak without a score on their opening drive. He never gave up, burning down the Broncos’ troubled secondary who couldn’t keep up with Carr and his goals.
Nor could Denver’s defiant offense pick up pace. Teddy Bridgewater threw a season-high three interception and lost a fumble, negating his 334 yards and three TDs.
The Broncos (3–3) lost their third game in a row, but other losses were at the hands of the Ravens and Steelers and their experienced head coaches John Harbaugh and Mike Tomlin.
It had to sting coach Vic Fangio, whose Broncos have a short week ahead of Thursday night’s game in Cleveland, looking likely to drop below .500 25 days after a 3-0 start.
Also, the Broncos were humiliated the day they inducted the former coach. Mike Shanahan Entered his Ring of Fame and honored Steve Atwater’s long-awaited entry into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Raiders appeared to be on the verge of a season after Gruden resigned on Monday night, when it was revealed that emails sent to him before being hired in 2018 contained racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments directed at many people in the NFL. Was.
But the Raiders weren’t a bit bothered by the chaos as they went into a tie over AFC West with the Chargers, who were throttled 34-6 by Baltimore.
Crosby was in four sacks—he had two himself and two he shared—one of which came just before halftime, just after the Raiders took a 17-7 lead on Carr’s 31-yard touchdown toss and the Canyons. To drive Drake back. Linebacker Alexander Johnson never turned his head as Drake ran close and Raiders knocked down the sideline, capping off a five-play 82-yard drive that only took 31 seconds.
Drake’s 18-yard touchdown run made it 24-7 in the third quarter, essentially eliminating any doubts that Bisaccia’s head coaching debut would be a success after spending two decades as a special team coordinator.
Las Vegas opens scoring on 48-yard pass Carry to Henry Rugs III, who overtook Ronald Darby playing for the first time since pulling a hamstring in the opener. The Raiders failed to score in their first possession in the last 11 games for the longest active drought in the NFL.
The Broncos went even longer without scoring a TD on their first possession, the last coming against Houston on December 8, 2019. He ended his 24-game streak when Bridgewater found Tim Patrick At 23 yards pass to tie it up.
Daniel Carlson’s 50-yard field goal put Las Vegas up 10-7, but he hit a 43-yard straight as the Raiders failed to capitalize on cornerback Brandon Faison’s interception in midfield.
The Raiders didn’t take away linebacker Denzel Perryman’s rumble recovery from Bridgewater in the second half. He capitalized on Josh Jacobs’ 3-yard touchdown jaunt when the Rugs swept Darby into a floater in a 40-yard pass at Denver 4.
The Broncos challenged the catch, but lost – as soon as they were denied their challenge, when they argued that Noah Feant came down in the end zone with a 14-yard reception, which put him within seven points in the third quarter. pulled.
Raiders LB Nick Kwiatkoski (foot) and S Roderick Teimer (shoulder) were dismissed early in the fourth period. The Broncos announced at halftime that Johnson (chest) was out along with rookie linebackers Baron Browning (concussion) and Andre Mintz (hamstrings). Johnson was replaced by Micah Saffron. In the fourth quarter, Patrick slipped on the tarp and into the Broncos bench and it appeared that the trainers were watching his left leg.
Raiders: Host the Philadelphia Eagles before their goodbyes next Sunday.
Broncos: Tour the Cleveland Browns on Thursday nights.
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