In what could stand as the Oakland Raiders finale at O.co, the Raiders battled the Denver Broncos. While each team really kept playing for pride, a certain sense of sadness fell over the occasion. Granted, in a lost season, the team gave nothing of substance for any fans to cheer for. With that said, the Raiders handled the Broncos, 27-14. With this victory, the Raiders lift their record to 4-11.
Ground and Pound
With only pride to play for, Doug Martin shouldered the bulk of the running game. During the game, Martin battered Denver for 107 yards on 21 carries. As a result, the Broncos provided no answer for the Raiders’ rushing attack. Surprisingly, Martin showed excellent pad level and pop throughout the contest.
When Dwayne Harris fields the ball at one, an audile groan fell over the crowd. However, that moan turned into cheers as Harris found an opening. Ninety-nine yards later, the return set the stage for the rest of the night. The team and crowd fed off the energy of the play. In what could stand as the last Raiders game in Oakland, a single punt return ignited the Oakland faithful.
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While Derek Carr’s numbers looked pedestrian, he did nothing to hurt the Oakland cause. With restraint and a measured approach, Carr took no chances, and allowed other aspects of the team to win this game. That could bore some. However, if a quarterback continues to throw efficiently, why mess with his approach.
Despite playing a Broncos team, missing any semblance of a lead receiver, the Raiders could not get Case Keenum to the ground. Once again, Karl Joseph tallied the team’s lone sack. On the other hand, the line did force him to move the pocket. In the next step of his hopeful evolution, Arden must learn to close on a target.
The Raiders conclude 2018 with a road game in Kansas City. If this is truly the end of the Oakland Era of football, the Raiders made their crowd, city, and fanbase happy.