70 degrees & chance of light rain
- Broncos had an excellent game plan on both sides of the ball. Defensively they made a point of shutting down the run and forcing Derek Carr into obvious passing situations where there talented pass rushers could apply some pressure. Offensively, they were absolutely committed to running the ball in order to set up the pass, which allowed for manageable down and distance situations for Trevor Simian.
- With 9 minutes to go in the second half, the Raiders elected to go for it on a 4th and 1 instead of kicking a field goal. The decision not to take the points when facing a difficult road test was a poor one.
- The Raiders went empty backfield in a shotgun formation facing 1st down on their own 1 yard line. The play ended up converting, but it was a very high risk, low reward profile play given the circumstances.
- Derek Carr left the game with an injury with 4:30 left in the 3rd Quarter, and was replaced by EJ Manuel. The first play call is a throw to the outside on 2nd and 14. Some would argue for a more conservative play call when putting a new quarterback into the game when playing on the road. On the following snap, the Raiders are charged with a delay of game. Could have been better transition with new quarterback. On the following play they elect to go for a fake punt on 4th and 11 and are stopped well short of the first down, allowing the Broncos to take the ball over inside Raider territory. They were only down 7-16 at this point but essentially turned the ball over and put the Broncos into immediate scoring position. Choppy play calling punctuated by a horrible fake punt call.
- The Broncos consistently snapped the ball with around 10 seconds left of play clock through the 4th Quarter. Should have used more time burning clock to sustain their 9 point lead.
- The Raiders had to burn their last time out on a 3rd and 10 on the Broncos 20 yard line. Really crucial timeout to lose when down 9 points with 5:30 left in the game.