A narrow victory over the Raiders for a big divisional win had the Broncos feeling good Sunday. (Photos by Gabriel Christus unless noted)
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NOTES FROM SUNDAY'S WIN:
DEFENSE STANDS TALL IN WIN AGAINST RAIDERS
The Broncos held the Raiders to 254 total yards in their win against the Raiders. Including penalties, Oakland covered 172 yards combined in their two scoring drives (99-yd. TD drive, 73-yd. FG drive) but was held to a combined 37 net yards in their other 10 possessions.
BRONCOS RUN DEFENSE REMAINS STOUT
The Broncos, who entered the game ranked first in the NFL in run defense (59.7 ypg), limited the Raiders to 24 yards on 15 rushes (1.6 avg.), including just 12 yards on nine carries by running back Marshawn Lynch.
Through four games, the Broncos have limited opposing starting running backs to 95 yards on 50 rushes (1.9 avg.). The four starting running backs — Melvin Gordon , Ezekiel Elliott , LeSean McCoy and Marshawn Lynch — are all Pro Bowlers, having combined for 12 Pro Bowl trips entering the 2017 season.
Photos from Broncos team photographers during Denver's Week 4 matchup with the Raiders. (Photos by Gabriel Christus, unless noted)
ANDERSON SURPASSES 300 RUSHING YARDS FOR FOURTH CONSECUTIVE SEASON**
Broncos running back C.J. Anderson led the team with 95 yards on 20 rushes (4.8 avg.) against Oakland to top 300 yards (330) for the fourth consecutive season. He is just the sixth Bronco — and the first since Terrell Davis (1995-98) — to record 300 rushing yards in four straight seasons.
DENVER EXTENDS WIN STREAK WHEN WINNING TURNOVER BATTLE
The Broncos finished 1 in turnover margin against the Raiders to represent their 31st consecutive victory when winning the turnover battle. The Broncos' franchise-record 31 consecutive wins when winning the turnover margin (since 2012) is the NFL's longest active streak and the longest such streak since Green Bay (34 gms.) from 2009-13.
MISCELLANEOUS GAME NOTES
• Denver's game captain was ILB Todd Davis.
• TE A.J. Derby's 22-yard scoring reception in the first quarter was the first touchdown of his career, and his 29-yard catch earlier in the quarter was the longest play of his career. He totaled four receptions for a game-high 75 yards (18.8 avg.) to mark the first time since 2015 (Owen Daniels vs. Cin., 12/28) a tight end led the Broncos in receiving yards.