Despite being one former All-Pro wide receiver short, the Oakland Raiders are off to a much better start than last season. With a 24-16 win over the Denver Broncos in Week 1, it is onward and upward from here on out.
The Raiders started hot on their first 72-yard drive. Derek Carr found continued success throughout the game, including a 25-yard pass to tight end Darren Waller. Waller finished with seven receptions for 70 yards.
After working up to Denver’s 8-yard line, Carr connected with new Raiders receiver Tyrell Williams for the first touchdown of the game. With Antonio Brown no longer with the team, Williams could take over as Carr’s top target.
After forcing a three-and-out on the Broncos first drive, the Raiders would not score again until the second quarter. After a few Josh Jacobs drives, Carr connected once more with Williams for a deep 43-yard pass, leaving the Raiders at Denver’s 29-yard line. Williams finished the night with 105 yards on six receptions.
A few plays later, Jacobs notched his first career NFL touchdown, leaping over the Broncos defensive line for a 2-yard rush.
The Raiders remained up 14-0 heading into the second half, where they would find success again only in the fourth quarter. Although the Raiders did not score in the third quarter, they did see more defensive success, including a sack by defensive end Benson Mayowa. Clelin Ferrell also ended up earning his first professional sack in the fourth quarter.
It was in that fourth quarter that the Raiders let Jacobs loose. He showcased his entire skillset, including a 28-yard reception. After one more Carr-Williams connection, Jacobs then ran in for his second touchdown of the evening. Jacobs finished the game with one reception, two touchdowns, and 85 rushing yards, while Carr finished with one touchdown and 259 passing yards.
After a Broncos field goal, Dwayne Harris returned the kickoff for a smooth 72-yards. From there, Jacobs carried the team 21 yards to Denver’s 11-yard line, where kicker Daniel Carlson scored the Raiders final points of the night. Carlson was perfect on the evening, nailing his one field goal and all three extra points.
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