KEY PLAYER: C.J. ANDERSON
Running the ball effectively is a great way for a team to manage the clock. In Denver, C.J. Anderson came to play against the Raiders. He finished the game with 20 carries for 95 yards with his biggest run going for 40 yards. Anderson was able to create a lot of space when he got good reads on his cutbacks or a wide enough hole to run through. He also had 4 receptions for 17 yards.
GAME RECAP AND ANALYSIS
The Denver Broncos managed to escape a late comeback attempt by the Oakland Raiders. It was a much needed win for Denver who are heading into their Bye for Week 5. The Broncos lead the entire game, but almost let quarterback E.J. Manuel bring the Raiders back.
The game started out quick for Quarterback Trevor Siemian and the Broncos offense. Siemian was able to find tight end A.J. Derby for a 22-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. Brandon McManus would late add on a field goal which gave Denver a 10-0 lead heading into the second quarter.
The second half seemed quite different as both teams struggled offensively. The Broncos would end up scoring six more points off of two McManus field goals in the 3rd quarter. In the fourth, Oakland only managed a field goal, but could have potentially won the game if it wasn’t for a interception by Manuel. He tried to launch it downfield and safety Justin Simmons came up with it to secure a Denver win.
Oakland had quite the scare with around five minutes left in the 3 quarter after Carr went down with an apparent back injury. Coach Jack Del Rio said that he is just suffering back spasms after taking a knee to his back.
Finally, the game also showcase two elite pass rushers in DE Khalil Mack and LB Von Miller. Both guys were able to pressure the quarterbacks and create opportunity for other defensive players. Mack finished the game with 2 sacks and and Miller had one.