The Las Vegas Raiders have lost three games in a row and are trailing 7-10 against the Denver Broncos at halftime. However, they have done enough to stay in the game. All things considered; they have a realistic shot to mount a comeback.
Davante Adams appeared on the injury report with an abdomen injury Friday but ended up playing. He had a couple of passes that moved the chains in the Raiders’ first drive, but the offense stalled when they got Denver’s 32-yard line. Wide receiver Mack Collins then committed a penalty that moved Las Vegas back to the Broncos’ 42-yard line. Unable to get a fresh set of downs in three tries, they punted.
Cornerback Sam Webb played a role in the Broncos’ scoring in their first offensive possession. He got a flag for pass interference and allowed 16-yard reception in back-to-back plays. The Raiders’ defense then blitzed and Web failed to bring down wide receiver Kendall Hinton, who got all the way to Las Vegas’ one-year line. Officials had originally ruled it a touchdown but reversed it after further review. Running back Latavius Murray then punched his way into the end zone and gave the Broncos their first touchdown of the game.
The Raider shook things up a bit in their second possession and leaned on running back Josh Jacobs. The Alabama product had eight touches and helped Las Vegas pick a few first downs. But the offense struggled to move the ball once they got into Broncos’ territory and had to settle for a field goal. Surprisingly, Daniel Carlson, who was closing in the NFL record missed the attempt.
The Broncos wasted no time and took a 10-0 lead with a field goal by Brandon McManus. But the Raiders’ offense woke up and answer back with an eight-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a 31-yard reception by Adams.
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The Raiders still have a chance to beat the Broncos in Week 11
It seemed like the Broncos were going to score before halftime, but the Melvin Gordon fumbled, which led them to settle for a field goal. But the Raiders blocked the attempt, and the kick was not good.
Josh Jacobs has had a productive outing, toting the rock 13 times for 75 touchdowns. Derek Carr is 12-of-14 for 137 yards with one touchdown. Meanwhile, Davante Adams has caught five receptions for 94 yards with one touchdown. The Raiders have been flagged six times for 73 yards. If they can cut down on the penalties and score a couple of times, they might have a realistic chance to win the game.
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