Here’s a look at the Oakland Raiders game notes, presented by Microsoft Surface.
Raiders 21, Broncos 14
The Raiders defeated the Broncos by a score of 21-14 to improve their record in 2017 to 5-6 and move within one game of the division-leading Kansas City Chiefs.
The victory over the Broncos means the teams have split the season series for the third consecutive year.
Today’s victory for the Silver and Black marks an 11-game advantage for the Raiders in the all-time regular season series. The series stands at 62-51-2.
Head Coach Jack Del Rio improved his record to 7-4 against Denver’s club as his record against the AFC West moves to 23-13.
The win is the team’s second divisional victory of the season. The team will play Kansas City at Arrowhead in Week 14 and will close out 2017 with a road contest against the Chargers in Los Angeles.
The team stays in Oakland this week to close out their third consecutive home game as they host the New York Giants.
The Raiders allowed a season-low 219 yards of total offense. Their previous low was 271 in Week 2 against the New York Jets.
The Raiders totaled a season-high five sacks on defense.
DL Denico Autry recorded his first multi-sack game of his career.
QB Derek Carr threw his 96th and 97th touchdown pass of his career to pass Jeff Garcia and Matt Ryan for eighth-most by a player through their first four years.
WR Amari Cooper recorded a touchdown in consecutive games for the first time in his career.
LB Bruce Irvin recorded his second multi-sack game as a Raider.
DE Khalil Mack recorded another fourth-quarter sack, totaling 12.5 such sacks since 2015 (second most).
Starters – Offense
WR Michael Crabtree
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 NaVorro Bowman
WLB Cory James
LCB Sean Smith
RCB TJ Carrie
FS Reggie Nelson
SS Karl Joseph
Raiders running backs totaled 104 yards marking the sixth time this season, and second consecutive game, the team has crossed the 100-yard barrier.
The Raiders’ defense allowed just 54 yards in the first half of play, the fewest in a first half since giving up just 17 to the Kansas City Chiefs on Dec. 12, 2012.
The Raiders’ defense held the Broncos’ running backs to 30 yards rushing on 13 attempts (2.3 avg.).
The Raiders’ defense did not allow a Bronco receiver to exceed 50 yards receiving on the afternoon.
The Raiders held the Broncos to just 12 total first downs in the victory, the fewest surrendered by a Raiders defense since Dec. 16, 2012 when the team held the Kansas City Chiefs to just seven first downs in the contest.
DL Denico Autry
Autry recorded his second sack of the season, bringing down QB Paxton Lynch for a 9-yard loss in the second quarter.
Autry took down Lynch for the second time of the day in the third quarter for a loss of eight yards, marking the first multi-sack game of his career.
Autry finished the game with three stops (two solo) in addition to his two sacks.
LB NaVorro Bowman
Bowman recorded the Raiders first interception of the season, picking off QB Paxton Lynch in the end zone with 14:14 left in the first half for a touchback.
Bowman’s interception marked the Raiders first since Week 17 of 2016 when S Brynden Trawick picked off QB Trevor Siemian.
Bowman led the team in tackles for the fourth time since joining the team, as he finished with seven (five solo) total stops.
QB Derek Carr
Carr orchestrated an 8-play, 80-yard drive lasting 5:21 midway through the second quarter that culminated in a 9-yard touchdown pass to WR Amari Cooper for the first score of the game.
Carr’s first touchdown of the day marked the 96th of his career, which puts him in eighth place for the most passing touchdowns in NFL history through a player’s first four seasons, passing Matt Ryan and Jeff Garcia.
Carr connected with RB Jalen Richard in the third quarter on a 6-yard pass for his second touchdown of the day. Carr has now recorded 29 multi-touchdown performances in his career, tied for the ninth most through a player’s first four seasons in the NFL.
Carr has now recorded a touchdown in 12 consecutive games dating back to Dec. 18, 2016.
Carr finished the game with a passer rating of 136.3, marking the fifth time this season Carr has surpassed the 100.0 barrier. During his career, the Raiders are 15-3 when Carr finished with a rating of at least 100.0.
Carr finished completing 18-of-24 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns for a passer rating of 136.3, the second highest this season behind his Week 2 performance against the Jets (136.6).
WR Amari Cooper
Cooper put the Raiders on the board in the second quarter with a 9-yard touchdown reception. With a 9-yard touchdown reception last week, Cooper has now recorded a touchdown in consecutive games for the first time in his career.
Cooper exited the game with a concussion in the second quarter and did not return.
LB Bruce Irvin
Irvin recorded his first full sack since Week 6 against the Chargers when he took down QB Paxton Lynch for a 2-yard loss on third-and-10 to force a Broncos punt.
Irvin recorded his first multi-sack game of the season, and first since week 15 of 2016 when he was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week, when he took down Lynch for a loss of eight yards. Irvin also forced a fumble on the play, but was recovered by Lynch.
Irvin’s eight forced fumbles since joining the Silver and Black are tied for second in the league.
Irvin finished with three stops (two solo) on the afternoon in addition to his two sacks and forced fumble.
RB Marshawn Lynch
Lynch added to the Raiders lead at the end of the second quarter, punching the ball in from one yard out. Lynch’s 1-yard rushing touchdown marked his fifth of the season.
Lynch rushed for a season-high 26 carries on the day, the most he’s had in a single game since Oct. 22, 2015 against the San Francisco 49ers.
Lynch hauled in a 25-yard reception in the fourth quarter, his longest reception since Week 9 of the 2014 season when he went for 39 yards against the Raiders.
Lynch totaled 67 yards on his 26 carries (2.6 avg.) and added a season-high three receptions and 44 yards (14.7 avg.) in addition to his 1-yard rushing score.
DE Khalil Mack
Mack recorded a sack with 4:14 to go in the fourth quarter when he brought down QB Trevor Siemian for a 7-yard loss. It marks consecutive games with a sack for Mack and now has 6.5 on the year.
Mack now has 10 sacks in eight games against the Broncos.
Mack has 12.5 fourth-quarter sacks since the 2015 season, second behind Von Miller’s 16.5.
Mack ranks third since the 2015 season with 32.5 sacks, trailing Von Miller’s 33.0 and Chandler Jones’ 35.5.
Mack ended the day with two tackles (two solo), one pass defensed and one sack.
RB Jalen Richard
Richard hauled in a 6-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter to culminate a 7-play, 66-yard drive lasting 4:46, giving the Raiders a 21-0 lead.
The touchdown marked Richard’s first receiving score of the season and third of his career.
Richard is the first undrafted Raiders running back to record a receiving touchdown in each of his first two seasons. Additionally, he is the fifth undrafted player in franchise history to record a receiving touchdown in each of his first two seasons.
Richard ended the day with two carries for 17 yards and two receptions for 13 yards with one touchdown.
P Marquette King
In the first half of play, King downed two balls inside the 10-yard line. One of those punts was downed at the 1-yard line by WR Cordarrelle Patterson.
King downed two more punts inside the 10-yard line in the second half of play to total 13 on the season, tied for the most league wide in 2017. Since 2014, nobody has more than King’s 53 such punts.
King totaled six punts for 261 yards (43.5 avg.) with a 56-yard long and four punts inside the 10-yard line.
WR Johnny Holton hauled in his third reception of the year (47 yards) and third that went for at least 40 yards. Holton has two touchdowns on four receptions this season and has totaled 161 yards, averaging 40.3 yards per catch.
WR Cordarrelle Patterson led the team with 72 yards on three receptions (24.0 avg.) with a crucial 54-yard catch-and-run that came on third-and-8 with 2:24 left in the fourth quarter and sealed the game for the Silver and Black.
T Donald Penn extended his starting streak to 167 games, the longest active streak in the NFL among offensive lineman.