First Half Highlights Against The Denver Broncos

The Oakland Raiders hosted the Denver Broncos Sunday afternoon at O.co Coliseum in their first AFC West game of the 2015 season.

At the half the Raiders lead the Broncos 7-3.

Here are the highlights from the first half.

The Denver Broncos won the toss and elected to defer to the second half, with Roy Helu, Jr., returning the opening kickoff to the Raiders 18-yard line.

On the second play from scrimmage, running back Latavius Murray ran over right guard for a gain of 11 yards and the first Raiders first down of the afternoon.

Immediately after, Derek Carr connected with Amari Cooper who scampered down the right sideline for a gain of 13 yards and another Silver and Black first down.

The Raiders were forced to punt, but then forced the Broncos to punt on their first possession after they could not convert a 3rd and 12 deep in their own territory.

Facing a 3rd and 5 with 7:36 left in the opening quarter, Carr bought himself time in the pocket, eventually connecting with wide receiver Michael Crabtree across the middle for a gain of 25 yards.

With 14:22 left in the second quarter, Justin Tuck stuck his hand out and batted down a 3rd down-pass from Manning which forced a Broncos field goal attempt.

McManus connected to give Denver a 3-0 lead with 14:19 remaining in the open half.

With 14:13 left in the second quarter, Carr threw a swing pass to Murray who proceeded to rumble down the left sideline for a gain of 14 yards.

Later in the drive, Carr and the Raiders offense found themselves in 3rd and 3, but Carr threaded the needle and Amari Cooper did the rest, gaining 21 yards when all was said and done.

Several plays later, Carr found Clive Walford all alone in the Broncos secondary for an eventual gain of 33 yards.

The Raiders took advantage, with Carr rolling to his right and finding Marcel Reece for a 3-yard touchdown. Janikowski added the PAT to make it 7-3 Raiders with 9:37 left in the second quarter.

With 6:49 left in the second quarter, the Raiders were able to force the Broncos to punt after Manning could not convert a 3rd and 7.

Early in the ensuing possession for the Raiders, Carr found Reece once again, this time for a gain of 10.

After the Broncos drove the lenght of the field, Charles Woodson picked off Peyton Manning in the end zone with 0:18 left in the first half to keep Denver off the scoreboard.

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