The Denver Broncos just can not find a way to get it done. The team dropped another close game to the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, losing 22-16 in overtime.
For the second week in a row, the Broncos opened up a 10-0 advantage on their opponent and looked to be gaining some momentum offensively. But for the second week in a row, they eventually relinquished that lead and the game resulted in a loss.
The Broncos now drop to 3-7 on the year. In addition, they have been swept in the season series by the Raiders for the third year in a row and have now lost six straight to their bitter rivals.
Things were looking up for the Broncos in this one. The team scored on its opening drive and for the early part of the game, the offense looked crisper and Russell Wilson looked more in tune with his teammates. The announcers even noted that.
Klint Kubiak was calling the plays for the first time and there was reason to believe that, finally, the team might have something figured out.
The Raiders were able to chip away at the lead and the game turned into a defensive slugfest in the second half, like most of Denver’s games have this season.
The Broncos got the ball late in the fourth quarter, clinging to a 16-13 lead. After a 12-yard run by Latavius Murray, the Broncos were able to force the Raiders to use all of their remaining time outs.
But on 3rd-and-10, the Broncos chose to try and throw the ball to get a game-winning first down. It was a curious decision as running the ball could have forced another 40 seconds to come off of the clock.
The Raiders were able to get the ball back and Derek Carr led a perfect drive, highlighted by a 43-yard pass to Josh Jacobs that took the ball down to the Denver 7-yard line. The Broncos were lucky that didn’t lead to a game-winning touchdown as the defense held on three straight plays, forcing the Raiders to kick a field goal to send the game into overtime.
The Raiders won the coin toss, got the ball and three plays later, won the game.
After a 33-yard pass from Carr to Foster Moreau, this happened.
There wasn’t much hope left for this season for the Broncos, but winning this game against the Raiders, who only have three wins on the season but two of them against the Broncos, would have been nice.
Now, the Broncos still have seven more games to play and things are just going to get bleaker and bleaker for this coaching staff and this front office as the team is staring at the realization that the Seattle Seahawks are getting a better first-round pick with each Broncos loss.