by JAKE GONZALEZ
Sunday, November 6th, the Oakland Raiders hosted the Denver Broncos in a battle for first place in the AFC West. Oakland hoped to make their statement against the defending Super Bowl champions that they are a new force in the AFC West.
Starting the game, Denver received the ball off of the kickoff. They were unable to get in Raider territory and were forced to punt. Oakland was able to get on the scoreboard first with 24 yard field goal made by Sebastian Janikowski. The Broncos could not put together a string of plays to get them in scoring position, leaving them scoreless. With just under 5 minutes remaining in the 1st, Janikowski made another field goal. This time from 29 yards which gave Oakland a 6-0 lead.
Opening the 2nd quarter, Oakland continued their strong play. They extended their lead to 13 after a 1 yard touchdown run from Latavius Murray. 7 minutes later, Denver put themselves on the board for the 1st time with a passing touchdown by Trevor Siemian to Jordan Norwood for 36 yards. Oakland with a lead 0f 13-7 fired back with one minute remaining. Latavius Murray scored for the second time again from 1 yard out. The lead now 20-7. As time expired, Brandon McManus made a 55 yard field goal to shorten the Oakland lead to 10.
The scoring picked back up in the 4th quarter after a strong defensive effort from both squads. Denver scored first with another field goal from McManus. The 44 yard field goal brought the Broncos within a touchdown. This was until Janikowski put the Oakland lead to 23-13 with a 35 yard field goal. After a quick Denver possession, Oakland got the ball back and Murray scored for the third time. A 1 yard run put Oakland in control with a lead of 30-13. Denver scored with 5 minutes remaining, but they were not able to get any closer.
Oakland put their talent on full display Sunday night, showing that they are the top dogs in the AFC West for now. These two teams will face one another in week 17 of the NFL season in Denver.