Winners and losers for Raiders in Week 1 vs Broncos

Ross Houston
September 11, 2019

It was the Raiders' first game since the weird departure of superstar wide receiver Antonio Brown, who after joining the team in the offseason ran his own way out of town before ever taking a snap in Oakland.

The saga that consumed the football world for days didn't hamper the Raiders a bit. "As much as people talk about it, I mean, my god".

"We see a lot of progress", Gruden said. "Get over it, man, it's over". We were good in the preseason without him; we're going to be fine without him.

The team quickly ruled him out for the remainder of the game with a neck injury. "We gave it a shot". But I just can't deal with it anymore, really.

Flacco did an excellent job of protecting the football and looked better than he has in years, finishing with 21-for-31 for 268 yards and a garbage-time touchdown to Emmanuel Sanders. Star pass-rushers Von Miller and Bradley Chubb did combine for six tackles, but against this offensive line, they should've had the quarterback running for his life consistently. Hats off to the Raiders, they outplayed us today. The Raiders found the end zone twice in the first half.

The final scheduled home opener at the Coliseum before the Raiders planned move to Las Vegas next season began with derisive chants from the boisterous fans toward Brown.

Not as sorry as the Broncos were had they taken the relatively anonymous Raiders offense for granted.

He arrived with optimism following a trade from Pittsburgh in March.

Abram was flagged for leading with his helmet on the play.

Brown requested to be released through social media early on Saturday, at which point the Raiders obliged.

"I got good word on him that he is going to be OK", Gruden said, via the Mercury News. "There's no hurt feelings".

They took the opening kickoff and marched 75 yards in 10 plays. The Raiders relied on the rushing attack and Jacobs throughout the night and he delivered a solid outing with 23 carries for 85 yards and two touchdowns on the night while also adding one reception for 28 yards.

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr didn't throw his second incompletion of the game until there were under four minutes left in the third quarter, as he opened the game 16-for-17, picking up 178 yards and a score.

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