4:25 p.m. ET
90 degrees / clear
Key Coaching Decision #1: (OAK ball, leading 19-10/ fourth-and-1 DEN 33 / 13:42 Q4)
• This was the 10th play of a Raiders drive where they played with some pace. They were slowly moving the ball down the field after starting this drive on their own 25-yard line.
• The Raiders attempted a fourth-and-inches conversion; the pass hit fullback Keith Smith in the hands but he did not catch the pass and the Raiders turned the ball over on downs. The Raiders could have attempted a 50-yard field but chose not to, perhaps concerned with an earlier PAT block. They lost their long snapper a week ago and signed a new long snapper this week. Operationally, perhaps the coaching staff felt they would be better off attempting to extend this drive and hopefully their lead. Neither happened.
Key Coaching Decision #2: (DEN ball, trailing 19-10 / fourth-and-goal OAK 1 / 5:58 Q4)
• After the Raiders held on three straight plays near the goal line, including two run plays, the Broncos gambled and attempted a fourth-down conversion rather than kick a field goal to make it a one-score game. This was the ball game. If Denver did not converted, the game was over.
• Broncos quarterback Case Keenum scrambled in for a 1-yard score to make it a 19-16 game (19-17 with the PAT). Had they kicked a field goal here, they would have needed to score a touchdown later (and there wasn’t much time left) to at least tie the game. This was a brave move by the Broncos coaching staff.
Key Coaching Decision #3: (OAK ball, leading 19-17 / first-and-10 OAK 36 / 4:30 Q4)
• Oakland calls its final timeout here after a Raiders first down. This aided Denver as it stopped the clock. Denver used all three of its timeouts to get the ball back after the two-minute warning. They would have had less time had Oakland not used this timeout. This was essentially Denver’s fourth timeout.
• For the third straight season, the Broncos start the season with consecutive home victories.
• Oakland dominated the time of possession in the first half (20:32 to 9:28) while Denver dominated in the second half (17:36 to 12:24).
• Derek Carr improved from Week 1 to Week 2. Carr finished 29 of 32 and connected with Amari Cooper 10 times for 116 yards.
• Phillip Lindsay, an undrafted free agent had 15 touches to rookie third-round pick Royce Freeman’s eight touches. He also returns kicks for Denver. Credit to the front office from bringing him in and the coaching staff for not being afraid to play him over a draft pick.