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. 

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KiwiBronco
KiwiBronco

At least both kickers had a good half 😂

ErickTrickel
ErickTrickel

Editor

Broncos are playing like a team that overlooked the opponent.

Idle_hands_f365
Idle_hands_f365

They look like I will at work. Someone that got up at 3:30AM to watch this.

Studlee14
Studlee14

Flacco making case keenum level throws, and hamilton has no balance

Chad Jensen
Chad Jensen

Editor

Broncos offense finally playing with some intensity.

Studlee14
Studlee14

Redzone offense looking bad once again

Chad Jensen
Chad Jensen

Editor

The Raiders' field condition is a POS.

ErickTrickel
ErickTrickel

Editor

He had to completely spin to make the catch. Few receivers keep their balance after that.

ErickTrickel
ErickTrickel

Editor

All these issues out there and Flacco getting so much blame. He has made bad throws, but should not be scapegoated for this showing.

ErickTrickel
ErickTrickel

Editor

Very few positives coming from this game.

089Ant
089Ant

Probably going to have to get a defensive score to get the W tonight. I gotta get another beer.

KiwiBronco
KiwiBronco

The O-line is looking a bit more settled

nevets4433
nevets4433

Need 7 here for momentum

Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

Gareon Conley just got knocked out

Nicholas Kendell
Nicholas Kendell

Editor

Running backs leading the way here

ErickTrickel
ErickTrickel

Editor

I liked Abram the prospect, but that was a major concern. Knocked out a couple teammates in college and drew a lot of flags. Showing up here.

nevets4433
nevets4433

Hate the Raiders...but hate to see players hurt like this worse

089Ant
089Ant

Yeah that looked brutal

nevets4433
nevets4433

What a drop...

Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

That's a game losing drop by Hamilton.

KiwiBronco
KiwiBronco

That was painful

Idle_hands_f365
Idle_hands_f365

Got to make those chances stick

KiwiBronco
KiwiBronco

Definitely not Flacco’s fault there

Chad Jensen
Chad Jensen

Editor

Inexcusable drop there, Hamilton. C'mon, man.

Chad Jensen
Chad Jensen

Editor

Broncos need a takeaway, stat.

No. 101-125
ErickTrickel
ErickTrickel

Editor

The Broncos have now left 8 points on the field. 4 by Lindsay and 4 by Hamilton.

nevets4433
nevets4433

Death by inches...

Lance Sanderson
Lance Sanderson

Fant has to step up as a blocker. No reason Karl Joseph should blow you up like that.

Chad Jensen
Chad Jensen

Editor

Damn, Jacobs. Raiders already fixing to score. Broncos are running out of time to close the distance.

ErickTrickel
ErickTrickel

Editor

Johnson giving that back way too much space.

nevets4433
nevets4433

going to be rough when we face a stronger offense...this season might get ugly

KiwiBronco
KiwiBronco

I know it’s early, but how about that top 5 pick???

ErickTrickel
ErickTrickel

Editor

Denver left 8 points on the field, played shameful football the first half, and their adjustments just weren't enough. Lot to work on. Would be surprised if they look this bad again this season though.

ErickTrickel
ErickTrickel

Editor

The Broncos won both openers under Vance Joseph. Maybe this is a sign that they will turn it around and do well after winning opener only to fall apart?

089Ant
089Ant

At least I won in fantasy football this week.

ErickTrickel
ErickTrickel

Editor

What a horrible play series after the big play.

nevets4433
nevets4433

3 points per good drive...that just can’t work

Sm0t
Sm0t

I'm sure I could google better red zone plays than the Broncos have come up with

jimtaylor
jimtaylor

This team is just awful. Poorly coached, poorly GMd, poorly played. Top to bottom, Broncos are a bottom dwelling team and it starts with Elway. He doesn't deserve any more excuses.

KiwiBronco
KiwiBronco

Why am I still watching this?

Chad Jensen
Chad Jensen

Editor

This game reminds me of the Broncos 2016 loss in Oakland to the Raiders. World Champs trucked from the very beginning. Carr went onto have an MVP-caliber year. It was also Week 9. Some differences but a similar game complexion.

Chad Jensen
Chad Jensen

Editor

Allbright on Twitter: "This offense probably looks a lot different with a QB that can move..."

ErickTrickel
ErickTrickel

Editor

8 points left on the field. Hate to harp on them, but Lindsay cuts outside/Hamilton catches that, this game is tied.

jimtaylor
jimtaylor

Well early returns on the Fagio hire aren't good. Completely outcoached. Flacco did his best Case Keenum impression and didn't play until the defense was in prevent.

KiwiBronco
KiwiBronco

Yiadom, player of the game 😂😂😂

jimtaylor
jimtaylor

The score was a lot closer than the game actually was. Broncos out-classed in every facet of the game.

Steven Baumgartner
Steven Baumgartner

Did we have any turnovers tonight?

Steven Baumgartner
Steven Baumgartner

Any news on James? I know he was ruled out.

smilinassassin
smilinassassin

Picked up right where they left off. Exactly the same game we saw time and again in 2018. Just biting and clawing to get close to 20 points. And a defense that looks lost. What a disappointment.


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