Here are the game notes from the Oakland Raiders Week 4 bout with the Denver Broncos, presented by Microsoft Surface.
Raiders 10, Broncos 16
The Raiders were defeated by the Broncos by a score of 16-10 in the first divisional contest of the 2017 campaign. The team is now 2-2 on the season.
The loss moves the all-time regular season series against the Broncos to 61-51-2.
Now at 2-2, the Silver and Black will return home to face the Ravens in Week 5, and have divisional matchups against the Chargers and Chiefs in the back-to-back weeks to follow.
WR Johnny Holton scored his first receiving touchdown on the Raiders’ longest offensive play of the season (64 yards).
LB Cory James led both teams in tackles (10) for the second consecutive game.
*DE Khalil Mack *recorded first multi-sack game of 2017, also marking his third-consecutive game with a sack.
* Starters - Offense*
WR Seth Roberts
T Donald Penn
LG Kelechi Osemele
C Rodney Hudson
RG Gabe Jackson
RT Marshall Newhouse
TE Jared Cook
WR Amari Cooper
QB Derek Carr
RB Marshawn Lynch
TE Lee Smith
Starters - Defense
DE Mario Edwards Jr.
DT Eddie Vanderdoes
NT Justin Ellis
DE Khalil Mack
SLB Bruce Irvin
MLB Marquel Lee
WLB Cory James
LCB David Amerson
RCB TJ Carrie
FS Reggie Nelson
SS Karl Joseph
QB Derek Carr
Carr put the Raiders on the board late in the second quarter with a 64-yard pass to WR Johnny Holton to culminate a 5-play, 99-yard drive lasting 2:23 to cut the Broncos lead to 10-7. The 64-yard pass to Holton marks the Raiders’ longest play of the season.
The 99-yard drive by the Raiders’ offense was the first such drive since Oct. 2, 2011.
Carr exited the game in the third quarter with an injury.
Carr finished throwing for 143 yards 10-of-18 passing with one touchdown for a passer rating of 100.0.
WR Johnny Holton
With 3:36 left in the opening half, Holton recorded his first NFL touchdown hauling in a 64-yard pass from QB Derek Carr, marking the Raiders longest passing play of the 2017 season.
Prior to today’s matchup, Holton had recorded just two receptions for 34 yards, all coming in 2016.
QB EJ Manuel
Manuel entered the game with 4:18 left in the third quarter after QB Derek Carr suffered a back injury.
On his first full offensive series, Manuel led the team down on a 9-play, 73-yard scoring drive culminating in a 38-yard field goal by K Giorgio Tavecchio.
Manuel finished the day with completing 11-of-17 attempts for 106 yards.
<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Defense</span>
DE Mario Edwards Jr.
On the second play of the game, Edwards Jr. got to QB Trevor Siemian for a 10-yard sack, his third takedown of the season. Edwards Jr.’s sack helped forced a three-and-out for the Broncos on the opening series of the game.
His three sacks on the year mark a new career high.
Edwards Jr. totaled three tackles and one sack in the loss.
LB Bruce Irvin
Irvin recorded his first sack of the season, taking down QB Trevor Siemian on third-and-15 for a loss of four yards. The sack gave the Raiders the ball back with 1:08 left in the first half.
Irvin finished with two tackles (one solo) and one sack.
DE Khalil Mack
With 11:28 to play in the third quarter, Mack brought down QB Trevor Siemian for a 2-yard loss, his third consecutive game with a sack.
Mack recorded his second sack of the day with 6:15 left in the third quarter for a loss of four yards.
With his two sacks, Mack has 9.0 sacks in his last four games against Denver. It also marks his third multi-sack game against the club.
Mack now has eight career games recording at least two sacks, tied for fifth-most in club history (Bill Pickel), and tied for 24th-most in NFL history through four seasons.
His second sack of the afternoon also marked the 34th of his career, moving him into eighth on the club’s all-time sack list.
Mack finished the night with seven tackles (seven solo), three for loss and two sacks for 10 yards.
<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Special Teams</span>
**P Marquette King
King downed the Broncos inside the 5-yard line early in the second quarter, his third time doing so this season. King’s three such punts in 2017 lead the NFL among punters.
King entered Week 4 leading the league in punting average (53.3) and punted a total of six times for 306 yards (51.0 avg.) with a long of 58 yards and two punts downed inside the opponent's’ 20-yard line.
K Giorgio Tavecchio
Tavecchio remained perfect on the year (seven-for-seven) following his 38-yard field goal with 5:23 to go in the fourth quarter. The field goal brought the contest to a one-possession game.
Tavecchio finished making his lone field goal attempt and added one PAT.
<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Other Notables</span>
LB Cory James finished the day as the game’s leading tackler, recording 10 stops (10 solo) with two tackles for loss.
*WR Cordarrelle Patterson *led the team with six receptions and totaled 33 yards (5.5 avg.), adding two kick returns for 70 yards (35.0 avg.).
T Donald Penn started in his 160th consecutive regular season game, tied for the second-most starts among active offensive lineman.