Broncos @ Raiders
What happens when one team turns the ball over 5 times while the other doesn’t turn the ball over at all? Well, I suppose an easy 37-12 victory for the Raiders. Let’s get to it and see if we can find anything decent on the Broncos’ side of the ball.
Drew Lock: 23/47, 257 yards, 1 TD, 4 INTs, 2 sacks, 1 fumble | 2 carries, 7 yards
I’ll tell you what, this game started off in a way that paved the way for the next 58 minutes. First, the Broncos return man, Diontae Spencer, took the ball at the 2-yard line, ran up to the 10ish yard line before looping back around back to the 5-yard line, where he got tackled. They then took a penalty on that clown show of a kickoff that placed the ball on their own 3-yard line. Then, they went three-and-out with Melvin Gordon appearing to get injured on the second play from scrimmage (he would return).
Following a Josh Jacobs touchdown, the Broncos took over for their second possession and they actually started moving the ball. Lock connected with Noah Fant and Tim Patrick before hitting Jerry Jeudy for a 17-yard gain. Jeudy made a great diving grab in between four Las Vegas defenders. That catch brought the Broncos down to the Raiders 32-yard line. Two incompletions and a Phillip Lindsay run that went nowhere later, Brandon McManus put a 50-yard field goal through the uprights to make it a 7-3 game. Unfortunately, I would call this the peak of the game for the Broncos which means it’s all downhill from here.
Denver started their next drive from their own 7-yard line. On 3rd and 7, Lock hit KJ Hamler for a 10 yard gain. Melvin Gordon picked up 18 yards on 4 carries to keep things rolling. However, a Lindsay run that lost 4 yards followed by an incompletion set up a 3rd and 14. Lock was looking to Hamlet again on third down, but Jeff Heath picked the pass off.
— GLIAC (@GLIACsports) November 15, 2020
Following the interception, the Raiders and Broncos exchanged three-and-outs, keeping the score at 7-3. The Broncos had two very close calls though. One was a strip-sack on 3rd and 1 at the Denver 11. The second was on the punt as it appeared that Hunter Renfrow had returned the kick for a touchdown, only to be nullified by an illegal blindside block.
Nicholas Morrow with the strip sack. pic.twitter.com/KdvXTD8hYZ
— BD Williams (@BDWilliams18) November 15, 2020
Following another Raider three-and-out, the Broncos took over at their own 29-yard line. Thanks to a false start and two incompletions, they were facing a 3rd and 15, when Lock connected with Jeudy for a 26-yard gain. The route Jeudy ran is just filthy.
This route by @jerryjeudy. 🤩
📺: CBS pic.twitter.com/rvs9huNEzX
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) November 15, 2020
Lock then hit Tim Patrick for another 27 yards which took the team into Raiders territory. But the drive stalled out and the Broncos settled for another field goal. 7-6 Raiders.
The Raiders kicked a field goal to make it 10-6 and the Broncos started marching again. Lock picked up two yards on a 3rd and 1 to keep the drive going and hit Hamler to put the Broncos in field goal range.
— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) November 15, 2020
On 3rd and 10 with 30 seconds in the half, Lock hit Patrick for 14-yards and Lock took a shot after the pass that drew a flag for roughing the passer. That play/penalty took the Broncos down to the 11-yard line. After a short completion to Patrick, Lock faked the handoff to Lindsay and bootlegged out and into the end zone….but wait, there’s a flag on the play. Offensive holding on Noah Fant negates the touchdown. And on the very next play, Jeff Heath picked off Lock in the end zone to end the half.
Jeff Heath gets his 2nd INT of the game 😤
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) November 15, 2020
The Raiders opened up the 2nd Half with a field goal – 13-6. The Broncos went three-and-out. The Raiders scored a touchdown – 20-6. On the second play of the second drive of the 2nd Half, Lock threw his third pick. That set up a short field, but the Raiders got just a field goal – 23-6.
— PS Football U (@psufootballu) November 15, 2020
The teams again exchanged three-and-outs. On the first play of the next drive, Lock hit DaeSean Hamilton who fumbled on the Denver 13 yard line. The Raiders recovered and scored a touchdown from the short field – 30-6. Trailing by 24 points, Lock took over once again. He managed to connect with Hamler and Hamilton before a roughing the passer penalty pushed the Broncos into Raider territory. Lock then hooked up with Hamilton on a 3rd and 10 and Fumagalli twice to set up 1st and Goal from the 6-yard line. Two incompletions and a sack later and the Broncos were looking at a 4th and Goal from the 7. He found Hamilton in the back of the end zone for the Broncos’ first touchdown of the game – 30-12. Sidenote – Broncos fans cared so little about this garbage-time touchdown that no clips exist of it.
Following Devontae Booker’s second touchdown of the game, Lock tried to get things going once again. He connected with Jeudy twice and Royce Freeman made an appearance. But his fourth pick of the day ended the game for the Broncos.
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) November 16, 2020
Just in case you were looking for more bad Drew Lock, here a post that trolled him pretty good.
— Raider Posts (@RaiderPosts) November 16, 2020
Melvin Gordon III: 11 carries, 46 yards | 2 targets
Royce Freeman: 2 carries, 11 yards | 2 targets, 2 receptions, 15 yards
Peyton Barber: 4 carries, 2 yards | 1 target
Melvin Gordon led the Broncos backfield today with 40 snaps. Lindsay was second with 20 and Royce Freeman brought up the rear with 10. Gordon had four decent runs on the day, but honestly, there wasn’t a lot of room for the Broncos to run. Once Lock started turning the ball over and the Broncos got into a negative game script, the backs were asked to stay in and help block.
Hm, I wonder why Drew Lock is throwing so much. pic.twitter.com/kQIKTzgYCt
— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) November 15, 2020
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Jerry Jeudy: 8 targets, 4 receptions, 68 yards
Tim Patrick: 6 targets, 4 receptions, 61 yards
KJ Hamler: 10 targets, 4 receptions, 50 yards
DaeSean Hamilton: 6 targets, 4 receptions, 33 yards, 1 TD, 1 fumble lost
Noah Fant: 7 targets, 3 receptions, 18 yards
Troy Fumagalli: 3 targets, 2 receptions, 12 yards
As a fan of Jerry Jeudy’s talent, this is tough to watch. Lock didn’t have a ton of time to throw the ball today and when he did, he just wasn’t accurate. Jeudy saw three deep targets and an end-zone target (if you count the 2 pt conversion attempt.
Tim Patrick saw 6 targets before he decided he had enough of this game and punched Jonathan Abram in the 4th Quarter. He was tossed from the game. Prior to being bounced out of the game, he saw one deep target and a red-zone target.
KJ Hamler saw the most targets with 10, but a 21% target share is kinda meh, especially with just 4 receptions. He took a shot on Lock’s first interception of the game and appeared a little shaken up, but he continued playing.
DaeSean Hamilton had a bad fumble deep in Denver territory early in the 4th Quarter. At the time the score was 23-6, so I’m not saying a comeback was in the works anyway, but it’s still a terrible place on the field to put the ball on the ground.
— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) November 16, 2020
This is now two consecutive weeks of a quiet workload for Noah Fant. Very disappointing knowing his talent level.
Las Vegas Raiders
Derek Carr: 16/25, 154 yards | 4 carries, 10 yards
Let’s just call it as we see it, the Raiders didn’t have to pass that often, so they didn’t. They also struggled to pass the ball early in this game. On their first possession, following a pair of Josh Jacobs runs, the Raiders were looking at a 3rd and 5. Carr hit Hunter Renfrow for a big 25 yard gain.
Hunter Renfrow picking up the 1st down on 3rd down. #3rdandRenfrow
— #ClemsonNFL (@ClemsonPros) November 15, 2020
Carr then connected with Ruggs and scrambled for a 9-yard gain before Jacobs found paydirt for his first touchdown of the game.
Carr and the Raiders then went three-and-out on three consecutive drives. On those drives, Carr was 2/5 for 5 yards – woof. Following a Broncos field goal that cut the score to 7-6, Carr and the Raiders started to drive. Carr hit Waller and Jacobs and got a defensive offside penalty on a 3rd and 4 that kept the drive going. Two plays later, Carr hit Bryan Edwards for a 16-yard gain. Unfortunately, the drive stalled out in the red zone, and the Raiders settled for a field goal.
The Raiders opened up the second half with another decent drive. Carr completed 3rd down passes to Agholar and Waller to keep the drive going, but the drive stalled out in Broncos’ territory and they once again settled for a field goal.
Following a Broncos’ three-and-out, the Raiders started driving again. Josh Jacobs and a defensive holding penalty did the heavy lifting until Carr found Ruggs on a 3rd and 4 for a 21-yard gain.
Henry Ruggs went 360 🔥 pic.twitter.com/yi54FADs6H
— Alabama DieHards (@AlabamaDieHards) November 15, 2020
The drive continued into the red-zone, where Carr connected with Waller and Jacobs before Jacobs finished the drive off with a 5-yard touchdown run. That made the score 20-6. A quick field goal following a Lock interception made it a 23-6 game. With the Raiders up 23-6, Carr didn’t attempt another pass for the rest of the game.
Josh Jacobs: 21 carries, 112 yards, 2 TDs | 4 targets, 4 receptions, 24 yards
Devontae Booker: 16 carries, 81 yards, 2 TDs | 1 target, 1 reception, 2 yards
Josh Jacobs was awesome today. He had just 4 carries of 7 yards or more but saw 3 red-zone carries. It could’ve been a much bigger game for Jacobs had it been more competitive, but he still topped 100 yards in essentially 3 Quarters. Here are some of the awesome highlights from today’s game.
— 🅨🅐🅝🅚🅔🅔🅢 ②④Ⓧ⑦ (@B_R_R_D) November 15, 2020
— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) November 15, 2020
— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) November 16, 2020
Devontae Booker’s name was actually called out on the opening kickoff as he was in on stopping the Broncos on their own 5-yard line. But his day got much better as it went on. Booker saw just 4 carries in the 1st Half for 4 yards. But garbage time was Booker’s best friend today as he piled up the yardage and touchdowns. At one point, Booker carried the ball on 8 Raiders offensive snaps in a row. They were bookended by his two rushing touchdowns. Here’s his second touchdown.
Devontae Booker again! We're running away with this! 🔥pic.twitter.com/pUeVCKhTHb
— Raider Nation (@RaidersNationCP) November 16, 2020
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Darren Waller: 5 targets, 3 receptions, 37 yards
Henry Ruggs III: 4 targets, 3 receptions, 31 yards
Hunter Renfrow: 2 targets, 2 receptions, 30 yards
Bryan Edwards: 1 target, 1 reception, 16 yards
Nelson Agholor: 4 targets, 1 reception, 8 yards
Zay Jones: 1 target, 1 reception, 6 yards
For fantasy purposes, this is a pretty disappointing day for all of the pass catchers. Darren Waller had two deep targets in this game. One he caught for a 24-yard gain. The other, well, the other really disappointed fantasy managers.
— 🌊トーサー • 〔≡_≡〕 🌊 (@yosoySGA) November 15, 2020
Henry Ruggs looked good and made a really impressive jumping spinning catch. Two of his targets were deep balls. Hunter Renfrow had a nice catch early in the game. He almost had the highlight of the game on a punt return for a touchdown, but it was called back.
The people in the stripes 🤷♂️ pic.twitter.com/dlo0Ht6eO7
— Oaktownraiders4life (@oaktownraiders8) November 15, 2020
Agholor had two deep targets, with one being negated due to a defensive offside penalty. As an Eagles fan, this made me giggle just a little bit.
That’s the Nelson
agholor philly fans know
— marcus smart stan😈 (@marcussmartsta1) November 15, 2020
— Rich Holman (@RichardoPL83 on Twitter)