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Raiders outlast Broncos to stay alive in AFC West

Raiders outlast Broncos to stay alive in AFC West

Just minutes into the game, Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib and Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree were ejected after the two started throwing punches at each other on the field.

Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch sustained a non-contact ankle injury during the third quarter and departed Denver's game against the Raiders.

The Broncos and Raiders heated rivalry was in full force during the game that saw brawl that resulted in three players getting ejected, players from both teams leaving the game with injuries, and the Broncos playing two different quarterbacks. "You think that would be solved at some point", said Raiders radio analyst Tom Flores, the team's two-time-winning Super Bowl head coach.

Talib and Crabtree had moments in last season's two meetings when they were close to a confrontation, including when Talib ripped a necklace off Crabtree during the regular-season finale.

Yes, Marshawn Lynch is in his tenth National Football League season, and closer to 32 than 31, but make no mistake about it, even with over 2,200 carries to his name, Lynch is still very much a running back capable of putting an offense on his back, and carrying the ball 20-plus times in a game. Because after Marshawn Lynch broke off a 6-yard run easily on the first play of the game, Derek Carr attempted two passes that sailed on him in the wet weather.

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Bradley Roby replaced Talib in the Broncos' starting defense. Dixon played in 14 games with Tampa Bay in 2014. "He didn't come to play football". If we really wanted to, we could have mopped him on our sideline.

Indeed, perhaps buoyed by the defense making a play - the Raiders set an ignominious National Football League record for being the first team since at least 1933 to go the first 10 games of a season without an interception - Oakland's offense embarked upon an 80-yard TD drive in eight plays. With a 2nd-and-goal from Oakland's one-yard line, Paxton was picked-off in the end zone, turning a potential Broncos touchdown instead into Raiders ball, which they ended up taking for a touchdown of their own. The Silver and Black had six tackles for a loss, and finally notched their first team interception of the season. Carr found Jalen Richard in the end zone on the next play to extend their lead 21-0 in the third quarter.

Trevor Siemian entered the game and went one of three passing for one yard on his drive.

But, Siemian led the Broncos to another touchdown run on the next drive.

Oakland moved to 5-6 with the win, and incredibly, are only one game out of first place in the AFC West. As such, the Broncos are back where it began at quarterback. Carr lofted a pass to Cordarrelle Patterson for a long gain, icing the victory for the Raiders. Denver lost seven games in a row for the first time n 50 years.


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