GAMEDAY Open Thread/Live Blog: Broncos at Raiders | Week 1

Chad Jensen

The Denver Broncos are finally taking the field for the regular season opener. In the Black Hole, the Broncos will do battle with the Oakland Raiders. 

Denver needs to start hot, as both the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers won their respective Week 1 matchups. The Broncos need to keep pace in the AFC West, but this team also needs to make a statement with a new head coach and starting quarterback. 

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Inactives

Analysis: We knew that Todd Davis was doubtful but with Bryce Callahan being classified as questionable on the injury report, there was hope he could play on that foot that's been bothering him for six weeks, the same one that ended his final season in Chicago in mid-December. It's also a bit of a surprise to see rookie third-round DL Dre'Mont Jones inactive but with the rise of DeMarcus Walker and Mike Purcell, the Broncos have what they need to compete. 

First quarter

Raiders receive. 

Derek Carr orchestrates a 10-play, 72-yard scoring drive. Carr to Tyrell Williams in the red zone for six. Extra point is good. 

7-0 Raiders. 

Scangarello with a jet-sweep to...the rookie TE? Noah Fant has -5 career rush yards. 

Broncos go three-and-out. Lindsay with two of the three touches. 

Denver defense getting picked apart by Carr. 

Broncos get a break with Raiders OL getting called for holding, stalling the drive. 

Scangarello needs to dial it in and stop over-thinking it. 

Noah Fant negates 10 yards of Courtland Sutton's 30-yard catch and run. Block in the back. 

Flacco with a beautiful throw over the middle to Sutton. Sutton with two receptions for 48 yards now. 

End of quarter. Broncos trail 7-0. 

Second quarter

Broncos start 2nd-&-8 from Oakland's 36-yard line.

Flacco sacked but Johnathan Abrams called for illegal contact. 

Two plays later, Ron Leary called for holding. And Ja'Wuan James is down. 1st-&-20 on the Oakland 41.

Eli Wilkinson in at RT. Three plays later, burned by Mayowa for a strip-sack on third down.

Broncos have to punt. 

Raiders get two false starts inside the five-yard line, Broncos still can't stop them. 

On 3rd-&-short, Raiders run play-action, Broncos bite HARD, Carr hits Williams deep over the top in man-to-man coverage, no safety help for a 40-plus yarder. 

Raiders threatening in red zone. Yikes. 

Josh Jacobs goes over the top for six. Raiders are trucking the Broncos' defense. 

14-0 Raiders lead with 3:30 left in second quarter. 

Leary called for his second holding penalty. 

McManus' field goal is short. Broncos shut out in first half. 

End of half.

Third quarter

Broncos offense moving the ball.

Broncos stall in the red zone after Scangarello gets cute. McManus hits field goal. Broncos break the ice. 

Raiders lead 14-3. 

Broncos' defense finally forces a three-and-out by the skin of their teeth, thanks to a Derek Wolfe hustle play downfield. 

CB Gareon Conley injured badly by his own teammate, Abram, after a big Royce Freeman run. 

Following the injury, Lindsay takes two carries, picks up about five. 

Then Hamilton drops a TD on third down. McManus has to pound in another FG. Yikes. 

Broncos narrow the margin. Raiders lead 14-6. 

Kareem Jackson with back-to-back pass break-ups to get the Raiders of the field. Oakland punts. 

Flag on the return. Fair-catch by Diontae Spencer. Illegal block in the back on De'Vante Bausby. 

Broncos backed up on their own five-yard line. 

On 3rd-&-3, Flacco throws it at Fant's feet. Incomplete. Broncos to punt. Need Wadman to boom one here. 

Fourth quarter

Wadman's punt goes 48 yards. 

To open the fourth quarter, the Raiders have been penalized nine times for -62 yards, the Broncos have been penalized six times for -44 yards. 

Williams with another 24-yard reception to Harris in coverage. Beautiful throw by Carr. No pass rush pressure. 

Jacobs pounds it in from four yards out. Raiders extend lead 21-6. Ugly, ugly football by the Broncos. 

Raiders 3/3 in the red zone. Broncos 0/2. 

Flacco goes deep to Sanders for 53 yards. Great pass. Sanders scores if he can keep his feet. 

Broncos' O-line buys Flacco all time in the world. Raiders with great coverage. Flacco holds onto the ball on 3rd-&-2, gets sacked. 

McManus' fourth field goal attempt is true. Broncos trail 21-9. McManus 3-of-4 on the night on FGs. 

8:39 to go in what is still a two-score game. 

No reason for Denver to go for a FG there. Four-down territory. Field goal still makes a two-score game. 

Dwayne Harris returns ensuing kickoff 72 yards. Gives Raiders the ball on the Broncos' 30-yard line. 

Jacobs gashes Broncos for eight yards on first down. Ugly football. 

Unbelievable that through 3.5 quarters, the Broncos have zero sacks. 

Raiders kick a FG. Extend lead 24-9. 

Sutton with a great catch. Goes over the century mark. Five receptions, 102 yards. 

Flacco on the QB sneak from the two? C'mon, Scangs. 

Next play, Flacco hits Sanders for six. Broncos finally score a TD. 

Raiders lead 24-16 with 2:15 left. 

Raiders with two consecutive dives for not much on first and second down. Broncos' D with a big 3rd-&-8. Two-minute warning. 

Broncos allow inexcusable conversion on 3rd-&-8. Ball game. 

Comments (150)
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KiwiBronco
KiwiBronco

Taken a half day off work. I have beer, Doritos and a hearty desire to see Oakland get smashed. Let’s go Broncos!

Nicholas Kendell
Nicholas Kendell

Editor

Let’s whip these boys

ErickTrickel
ErickTrickel

Editor

Game time. Yay

KiwiBronco
KiwiBronco

Let’s go D

Nicholas Kendell
Nicholas Kendell

Editor

Wow we really needed that penalty from the Raiders there. 3 first downs surrendered this drive already

Nicholas Kendell
Nicholas Kendell

Editor

Yiadom getting picked on here early

KiwiBronco
KiwiBronco

Ugly so far

Nicholas Kendell
Nicholas Kendell

Editor

Wow that flipping sucked

ErickTrickel
ErickTrickel

Editor

What a bad start.

Nicholas Kendell
Nicholas Kendell

Editor

Poor omen for the season there considering the defense is supposed to be the heart of this team.

KiwiBronco
KiwiBronco

What a disappointing way for our D to start. That was a procession

ErickTrickel
ErickTrickel

Editor

This is a staff about adjustments. Let's see what adjustments they can make from here.

Chad Jensen
Chad Jensen

Editor

I missed that whole drive cept the TD. WTF?

Trevor Judge
Trevor Judge

Not how you want to start

Josh_Carney
Josh_Carney

Rough first drive for the defense. Carr looked way too comfortable. Tyrell is gonna be a problem.

Nicholas Kendell
Nicholas Kendell

Editor

If they go 3 and out here lmao

ErickTrickel
ErickTrickel

Editor

What a dumb first play.

ErickTrickel
ErickTrickel

Editor

Broncos two plays so far have been so easy to read. Ugly.

CarlDumler
CarlDumler

Well dang it not what I was hoping here

KiwiBronco
KiwiBronco

Real bizarre play calling on that first drive

ErickTrickel
ErickTrickel

Editor

Scangs being way too cute out there.

Nicholas Kendell
Nicholas Kendell

Editor

Bolles almost gave up a strip sack there

ErickTrickel
ErickTrickel

Editor

And I was being too harsh when he played so poorly in the preseason. Where is the sudden development since then that I was told would come?

ErickTrickel
ErickTrickel

Editor

Whoever Yiadom is on, thats who you throw to.

Chad Jensen
Chad Jensen

Editor

Broncos are definitely making a statement. Not a good one

ErickTrickel
ErickTrickel

Editor

The defense looking very slow to react.

Nicholas Kendell
Nicholas Kendell

Editor

Bradley Chubb is the one getting double and chipped

ErickTrickel
ErickTrickel

Editor

Also came from left tackle to meet the blob and ended up on the ground lol

Chad Jensen
Chad Jensen

Editor

Let's see if Scangarello can get into a play-calling groove here. That first series was whack

ErickTrickel
ErickTrickel

Editor

I asked for some spice, but that first drive was too spicy for me.

ErickTrickel
ErickTrickel

Editor

Denver needed that, but the penalty killed it some.

ErickTrickel
ErickTrickel

Editor

Conley is their best corner, and Sutton is dominating him so far.

ErickTrickel
ErickTrickel

Editor

His play to end last year was why I said target their putrid depth, but if they can move it against him then thats even better.

KiwiBronco
KiwiBronco

Sutton is looking the goods

Studlee14
Studlee14

Good to see the broncos moving the ball, but let's see us put in the endzone. Redzone offense was worrisome in the preseason

Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

That was a bailout penalty

ErickTrickel
ErickTrickel

Editor

James down on the field. Had injury issues in Miami. Their depth is really bad. Could be a huge loss.

Nicholas Kendell
Nicholas Kendell

Editor

Can’t lose James

Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

Wilkinson was not good at RT, but it did appear to be his best position in the preseason. Would rather see him at guard if anything.

Studlee14
Studlee14

Leary looked awful and James is down 😫

Trevor Judge
Trevor Judge

Broncos depth being tested early and the results are what you’d expect.

KiwiBronco
KiwiBronco

This seems to reflect our luck so far, second quarter, game 1 and we are already maybe down a key piece on the line

Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

The Broncos offensive line is not good. Nothing going up front right now. Nothing in the running game at all

ErickTrickel
ErickTrickel

Editor

McGovern and Risner looking like the only two that belong out there.

ErickTrickel
ErickTrickel

Editor

Wilkinson should NOT be at tackle. Never showed anything good there in the preseason or any other time he got reps there.

Studlee14
Studlee14

Well... this could be a long game

KiwiBronco
KiwiBronco

Wilkinson just got owned

Nicholas Kendell
Nicholas Kendell

Editor

Need a big play from the defense here

Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

Couple of false starts to help the defense. Please dial up a pass rush here and put Carr on his ass


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