Las Vegas Raiders crush Broncos, stay alive in AFC playoff race

December 26, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, United States; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) throws a pass against the Denver Broncos during the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Las Vegas Raiders fought the Denver Broncos in Week 16, building on the running game in a 17-13 victory over their division rival.

The Las Vegas Raiders got some of the help they needed ahead of their Week 16 game against the Denver Broncos, as the Los Angeles Chargers lost to the Houston Texans and the Cincinnati Bengals. beat the Baltimore Ravens. All they had to do was deal with a Broncos team that didn’t have their home quarterback, a task that should have been a lot easier than it turned out to be. ‘to be.

At first it looked like Derek Carr and his company were going to make their way with the Broncos, as after a scoreless first quarter, Carr led the Raiders on a 14-game workout that resulted in a Hunter Renfrow goal from ten yards away. . It was a nice catch from Renfrow in the back of the end zone, and for a second it looked like the talent gap between Carr and Drew Lock would make the difference.

Then the Raiders did what they always do, and it shot in the foot, as the Broncos would go on to score 13 times in a row to close the halftime. A Josh Jacobs fumble would set up Brandon McManus’ 55-yard field goal to get Denver closer to one, and in the next scrimmage game for the Raiders, Carr would give the Broncos a touchdown.

Seeking to pass to Jacobs again for some reason, Carr threw the ball into the hands of Bradley Chubb, who returned it for the touchdown. This gave the Broncos a 13-7 halftime lead, and at this point it was clear that the Denver fans had no shortage inside Allegiant Stadium.

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