Denver Broncos win: How three phases performed vs. Raiders
By Tylor Walden
Keenum had a par type performance against the Raiders. He would throw his fourth interception of the game. It was not a pretty pass as he forced it into coverage trying to hit Jake Butt for a touchdown.
As the game progressed, he seemed to be getting better. There was not a throw that I thought was a bad throw. While he did not throw a touchdown pass, he would take a quarterback draw and scored on a fourth and goal.
Case Keenum showed leadership and poise in the two minute drill. His performance during the last stages of the game were certainly something memorable to see. He is now 2-0 as a starter for the Denver Broncos.
When it mattered most, Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman put on a strong display. Freeman only ran for 28 yards, but he did score his first touchdown as a Denver Bronco. He should play a big part in the Denver Broncos offense going forward.
The story of the Broncos offense is Phillip Lindsay. He recorded his first 100 yard rushing game of his young career. He has truly started showing shades of Terrell Davis. He is going to be such a special part of the Denver running game. I am looking forward to seeing him play day in and day out.
One of the names that really stood out to me in this game was the fifth wide receiver on the depth chart. Tim Patrick had quite the showing in the two minute drill as he caught a 26-yard pass from Keenum to put the Broncos well within Brandon McManus’ range to kick the go ahead field goal.
Patrick originally scored his first touchdown when the team drove down in the first drive in the second half. But the ruling was changed to an incomplete pass. But that did not stop Patrick as he proved to make the biggest non touchdown catch of his career.
Emmanuel Sanders had another solid game. Despite not getting into the end zone, he did record 96 yards through the air.
Demaryius Thomas was a sore spot on the receiving corp. He had a few drops in the game that could have turned things around. Hopefully he can correct those mistakes.
The offensive line had its ups and downs. One of the bigger stories from the line is that Jared Veldheer left the game and was placed in the concussion protocol. He will need to clear it if he plans to play. It will depend on the severity of it. Hopefully it is not too serious and he recovers soon.
The offensive line only allowed one sack. Through two games, this unit has done a solid job at protecting the quarterback and opening up running lanes. Hopefully that trend continues.
I believe what needs to happen is the Broncos need to get off to better starts. Not scoring a point in the first half is quite shocking. But they came to play when it mattered the most. Seeing how this offense does on the road next week will tell us a lot more.