The Oakland Raiders have advanced to 5-6 on the season and pulled to within one game of the Kansas City Chiefs after beating the Denver Broncos in Oakland.
It wasn’t the prettiest of games as both teams failed to score in the first quarter and for a while it looked like the game might come down to whoever was able to make a field goal. But then, the Raiders got their first pick of the season just as the Broncos were about to score.
Rather than being the first team to put points on the board, the Broncos watched Oakland drive down the field to score a touchdown, and it all snowballed from there.
Oakland scored two more touchdowns without any response from Denver until their starting quarterback, Paxton Lynch, got hurt. Backup Trevor Siemien came into the game and it was like Oakland was playing a completely different team. Denver scored 14 unanswered points and just like that, they had a shot at the end of the game.
The Raiders would eventually put the game away thanks to a miraculous third down conversion pass from Derek Carr to Cordarrelle Patterson but it ended up being a lot closer than anyone expected when Oakland went up by three touchdowns in the third quarter.
It was a game that the Raiders absolutely had to win and no one will care that they allowed Denver make it close if it ends up being the difference between making the playoffs or not. It was also a game where we saw the Raiders offense put up three touchdowns against a very good defense, even after losing both starting wide receivers in the first half.