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Defining Moments: Broncos 16, Raiders 10

Posted Oct 1, 2017

These were the plays that led to the Broncos' win on Sunday over the Raiders.

Starting off right

On the Broncos’ second drive of the game, they marched 88 yards in seven plays to take an early 7-0 lead. Trevor Siemian found Bennie Fowler III for a pair of catches that went for 17 yards and 18 yards, respectively, and helped the Broncos move near midfield. Siemian then turned to A.J. Derby. First, he found the tight end for a 29-yard gain that brought Denver to the cusp of the red zone. On the very next play, Siemian targeted Derby again, this time down the right sideline. Derby stabbed at the ball with one hand, gained control and held on as he ran into the end zone. The early score would be the only touchdown for the Broncos all afternoon.

Stuffed behind the line

The Broncos stopped the Raiders on all three of Oakland’s fourth-down attempts in the game, but the most impressive may have come early in the second quarter. Down 10-0, Jack Del Rio kept his offense on the field for a fourth-and-1 from the Denver 31-yard line. The Raiders handed the ball to bruising running back Marshawn Lynch, but safety Will Parks knifed in to stop him for no gain.

Breaking one off

On the Broncos’ first possession of the second half, C.J. Anderson broke through the line for the Broncos’ longest run of the season. The 40-yard scamper gave the Broncos the ball at the Oakland 25-yard line and allowed them to take a 13-7 lead in the moments that followed.

Weaving his way through

With the Broncos holding a six-point lead, punt returner Isaiah McKenzie put his team in position to grab a two-possession lead. After catching the ball at the Denver 40-yard line, McKenzie weaved his way along the left sideline to pick up 29 yards and give the Broncos great starting field position. Though the Broncos’ offense couldn’t move the ball into the end zone, McKenzie’s return put Brandon McManus in position for a 46-yard field goal.

Can't fool us

Just after Derek Carr left the game with an apparent lower-back injury, Oakland reached into its playbook to generate offense. On fourth-and-11 from the Oakland 33-yard line, the Raiders tried to get tricky. When Raiders punter Marquette King caught the snap, he took off to his right and tried to run for the first down. Jordan Taylor read the play perfectly, though, and stopped King well short of the first-down marker. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on King gave the Broncos another 15 yards and halted an Oakland drive.

Von being Von

On backup quarterback EJ Manuel’s first full drive, he was introduced to outside linebacker Von Miller. On third-and-4, Miller flew around the Raiders’ right tackle without being touched and picked up his fourth sack of the season. Miller now has 84 career sacks, the most in the league since 2011.

Sealing a victory

On the Raiders' final chance to steal a win, the Broncos' defense came up big. Manuel looked deep for Amari Cooper on second-and-15 from the Denver 41-yard line, but safety Justin Simmons jumped to pick off the pass and end the Raiders' day.

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