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Raiders Come From Behind On The Road To Upset Broncos 15-12

Denver, CO. – The Raiders traveled to Denver and laid an egg in the first half. Oakland battled back in the second half fueld by two Derek Carr Touchdown passes, and Khalil Macks‘ five sacks of Brock Osweiler including one in the end zone for a safety. Oakland (6-7) upset the Broncos(10-3) on the road 15-12.

The Raiders trailed at the half 0-12 as Oaklands’ defense  held the Broncos to four first-half Brandon McManus field goals. The Raiders offense struggled on all fronts. They only ran 15 plays the entire first half for a total of -12 yards.

Derek Carr Struggles & Fights Through Adversity

Derek Carr completed just 12 of 29 passes for 135 yards. But two of his throws were for touchdowns, and the Raiders (6-7) beat the Broncos for the first time since Sept. 12, 2011 despite being held to minus-12 yards in the first half — the worst performance by a team heading into halftime in nearly a quarter-century.

The Raiders drove 80 yards to open the second half and trim Denver’s lead to 12-7 when Carr threw an 11-yard pass to Seth Roberts.

Khalil Macks’ Huge Day

Mack’s fifth sack crushed Denver’s  hopes on the final drive. Afterward, he said he counts this performance as sweeter than his big game at Ohio State in 2013 that cemented his first-round status because “this is the Broncos.”

Mack said the Raiders knew they had a chance when they held the Broncos out of the end zone four times in the first half.

safety pulled the Raiders to 12-9 when Mack sacked Osweiler in the end zone and Broncos guard Max Garcia recovered the loose ball.

Jack Del Rio On Macks Performance

“He was unbelievable,” Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said of Mack. “He’s just getting better and better.”

Charles Woodson On Macks Performance

“I remember playing Derrick Thomas my first game in the NFL against the Chiefs and he had six sacks against us,” Oakland’s 18-year veteran safety Charles Woodson said. “Today, Khalil kind of reminded me of that.”

Defense Holds in First Half, Dominates in Second

The Raiders held the Broncos to three field goals on three red zone trips in the first half and did not allow Denver back into the red zone for the entire second half.

The Raiders held the Broncos scoreless in the second half for the first time since Oct. 15, 2006, a 3-13 loss. The last time the Raiders did so in a win was Nov. 22, 1992 (24-0).

The Raiders did not allow the Broncos to run more than three offensive plays on five-of-eight second-half drives. Broncos 0-for-3 in the red zone in the first half


Raiders Stifle Broncos’ Rushing Attack

The Raiders held the Broncos to 34 rushing yards, giving the Broncos 77 total rushing yards against the Raiders this season. That marks the Broncos’ second lowest season total versus the Raiders (51 yards in 1972).

Along with 1963 (96 yards), this marks the third time in team history the Raiders allowed less than 100 rushing yards to Denver in a season (excluding the strike-shortened 1982 season).

The Raiders allowed 25-or-fewer rushing yards in a first half for the fourth time this season and the second time in three weeks (also Nov. 29 at Tennessee).

2-Point Conversion Dilema 

Oakland long snapper Jon Condo recovered Emmanuel Sanders’ muffed punt at the Denver 11 early in the fourth quarter, but he injured his right shoulder in the pile. He was in the locker room getting it looked at when Carr threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to tight end Mychal Rivera to put Oakland ahead 15-12 with 14:26 remaining.

Without Condo, the Raiders went for 2 and Carr threw an incompletion, leaving the margin at a field goal.

Kicking Game 

Brandon McManus clanked a 49-yarder that would have tied it off the left upright with 10:22 remaining. Sebastian Janikowski then missed a 43-yarder with 5:07 remaining, giving the Broncos good field position at their 33, but Davis had his big drop on fourth down after that.

Gary Kubiak Talks First-Half Opportunities, Turnovers, Drops 

The Broncos couldn’t get into the end zone in the first half despite 224 yards of offense, settling for four field goals from McManus, each one shorter than the previous — 41, 35, 29 and 21 yards.

“We had a chance to really do some damage in the first half and didn’t do it,” Denver coach Gary Kubiak lamented. “And we obviously helped them in the second half with turnovers, I think four or five drops. We lost line of scrimmage offensively. We played great defense.”

Oakland’s lack of production in the first 30 minutes was the lowest figure by any team in the first half since Nov. 1, 1992, when the Chargers held the Colts to minus-5 yards.

Raiders Defeat Broncos on the Road, 15-12

The Raiders defeated the Broncos 15-12 to snap the team’s eight-game losing streak against Denver. The team’s last win against Denver came on Sept. 12, 2011.
For the first time in the Raiders-Broncos series history, the Raiders did not allow the Broncos an offensive touchdown in a season. It marks the sixth time the Raiders held Denver without a passing touchdown (last: 2002) and the eighth time without a rushing touchdown (last: 1993) in a season series.

Oakland Raiders Release Updated Depth Chart For Week One Of The Regular Season

All photos by Shawn Jonas

Alameda, CA. – The Oakland Raiders release their updated depth chart for their first regular season game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Notable Changes:

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Taiwan Jones Listed as second running back, he leap frogs Roy Helu Jr.  Somewhat surprising because Jones played defensive back last season under Dennis Allen.  HC Del Rio and OC Musgrave switched him back to his original position, running back,  early in the Raiders 2015 off season program.  Helu Jr.  was injured most of training camp and many expected him to be third down back and brought in during passing downs. Jones may take some of those reps and be use as that Percy Harvin type roll from when Musgrave was with Vikings.

20150830_0329SjonasSeth Roberts Make A 4th Qtr.  Catch Versus Arizona  Cardinals

Wide receiver Seth Roberts also overtook Brice Butler with an impressive performance against the Seahawks.

Highlights

Rookie Amari Cooper listed as a starter in his first NFL game.

20150830_1564Sjonas_1Khalil Mack Sacks Carson Palmer 

Khalil Mack who was moved to Defensive End will start his first regular season game at that position. His rookie year he was a linebacker. 

DSC08589Clive Walford During Rookie Mini Camp

Mychal Rivera listed as #1 Tight End above new comers veteran Lee Smith and Rookie Clive Walford. Walford was projected as the starter by many he was lowed most of training camp with a hamstring injury.

The Raiders have an all new Starting Linebacking core with Curtis Lofton manning the middle. Ray Ray Armstrong and Superbowl MVP Malcolm Smith  fill in the outside linebacking position.

OFFENSE

WR 15 Michael Crabtree,  10 Seth Roberts,  12 Brice Butler
LT 72 Donald Penn,  69 Khalif Barnes
LG 66 Gabe Jackson,  68 Jon Feliciano
C  61 Rodney Hudson,  70 Tony Bergstrom
RG  76 J’Marcus Webb,  68 Jon Feliciano
RT  77 Austin Howard,  73 Matt McCants
TE  81 Mychal Rivera,  86 Lee Smith,  88 Clive Walford,  82 Gabe Holmes
WR  89 Amari Cooper,  80 Rod Streater,  18 Andre Holmes
QB  4 Derek Carr,  14 Matt McGloin
RB  28 Latavius Murray,  22 Taiwan Jones,  26 Roy Helu, Jr.
FB  45 Marcel Reece,  49 Jamize Olawale

DEFENSE

DE  91 Justin Tuck 97,  Mario Edwards Jr. 93 Lavar Edwards
DT  90 Dan Williams,  96 Denico Autry
NT  78 Justin Ellis 92, Stacy McGee
DE  52 Khalil Mack,  95 Benson Mayowa
OLB  57 Ray-Ray Armstrong,  56 Lorenzo Alexander
MLB  50 Curtis Lofton,  51 Ben Heeney
OLB  53 Malcolm Smith,  58 Neiron Ball
CB  25 DJ Hayden,  31 Neiko Thorpe,  21 Dexter McDonald
CB  38 TJ Carrie,  39 Keith McGill
S  24 Charles Woodson,  42 Larry Asante
S  20 Nate Allen,  32 Keenan Lambert

SPECIAL TEAMS

P 7 Marquette King
K 11 Sebastian Janikowski
H 7 Marquette King
LS 59 Jon Condo 86 Lee Smith
KR 22 Taiwan Jones
PR 38 TJ Carrie