The Las Vegas Raiders held on against the Denver Broncos in a tantalizing 32-31 win, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021 in Empower Field at Mile High in Denver. They deployed a rushing game that produced 106 yards, two rushing touchdowns, to support a Derek Carr performance of 371 yards and two touchdowns.
Carr ended the game with 371 yards passing, to go along with two touchdowns, two interceptions, and completing 24 of 38 passes. This performance led to a 91.00 passer rating for Carr.
The ground game for the Raiders saw Devontae Booker carrying the football 5 times, and Josh Jacobs helping with rushing the ball 15 times. The two rushers produced 16 yards and 89 yards respectively in a winning effort. The passing game for the Raiders had Carr tossing the football to Nelson Agholor and Bryan Edwards as his most productive targets. Agholor caught one pass for a net gain of 57 yards. The secondary target (Edwards) caught two passes for a net contribution of 51 yards.
Contributing to the victory was a defensive line stats of two sacks , no forced fumbles, zero tackles for loss, and no defensive touchdowns for the Raiders.
In a losing effort for the Broncos, Drew Lock attempted 38 passes and completed 25 of them. This performance resulted in 339 yards, zero interceptions, two touchdowns and a passer rating of 103.60 for the game.
The rushing game for the Broncos was led by Melvin Gordon and Royce Freeman. For the game, Gordon rushed for 93 yards from carrying the football 26 times. Meanwhile Freeman carried the ball 2 times for a total of 21 yards. For the passing game, the top receivers for the Broncos included Tim Patrick and Jerry Jeudy. Patrick caught two passes for a total of 46 yards, while Jeudy contributed with 140 yards from five passes.
Although their team lost the game, the Broncos defense ended the game with three sacks, and three tackles for loss, to go along with two forced fumbles.
After this game, the Raiders improved to a record of 8-8, while the Broncos dropped to a 5-11 record.