Jimmy Garoppolo threw two landing passes to fellow newcomer Jakobi Meyers of their Las Vegas debut and the Raiders spoiled Sean Payton’s first recreation as Denver’s coach with a 17-16 win over the Broncos on Sunday.
The Raiders stretched their successful streak over their AFC West rivals to seven video games regardless of the absence of star cross rusher Chandler Jones, who’s concerned in a feud with the entrance workplace.
Garoppolo, who got here to Las Vegas after six seasons in San Francisco, and Meyers, who joined the Raiders after 4 seasons in New England, related 10 instances for 81 yards, together with touchdowns of three and 6 yards.
The second got here with 6:34 remaining, erasing Denver’s 16-10 lead.
The Raiders’ protection then held Denver to its solely three-and-out, giving the ball again to Garoppolo with about 5 minutes left.
Security Kareem Jackson, who earlier intercepted Garoppolo in the long run zone, was whistled for a 15-yard penalty when he hit Meyers within the head with an elbow after a key catch, sending him to the sideline. That infraction helped the Raiders run out the clock and go into victory formation.
Payton returned to the sideline after a yr’s sabbatical within the FOX broadcast sales space largely to revive Russell Wilson‘s profession after the quarterback’s worst season. Wilson regarded a lot better than he did final yr with Nathaniel Hackett on the helm, finishing 27 of 34 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns with out an interception.
Payton’s particular groups had been the issue for Denver. There was a pricey maintain that negated one return, a botched onside kick to open the sport and two huge misses from kicker Wil Lutz, whom Payton had throughout his time in New Orleans and was acquired from the Saints following coaching camp.
Lutz missed his first additional level to the proper and likewise was huge proper on a 55-yard discipline purpose.
That introduced renewed scrutiny on Payton’s choice to jettison veteran Brandon McManus final spring. McManus shortly signed with Jacksonville and was 5 for five on PATs and discipline targets Sunday within the Jaguars’ 31-21 win over the Colts.
Lutz was good from 24 yards out to push Denver’s result in 16-10 halfway by way of the fourth quarter. That capped a 16-play, 75-yard drive that adopted Jackson’s end-zone interception after the Raiders had reached the Denver 1.
Garoppolo responded by driving the Raiders 75 yards in six performs. The payoff was a 6-yard landing toss to Meyers, and Daniel Carlson’s PAT proved the ultimate margin.
Wilson threw two 5-yard landing passes within the first half. The primary was to huge receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey, one other of Payton’s former Saints gamers, on Denver’s first drive. That marked the primary time since 2008 at Oakland that Denver had scored a landing on its first drive of the season.
Wilson’s 5-yard strike to Courtland Sutton with 18 seconds left within the second quarter gave Denver a 13-10 halftime lead as Wilson retreated to the locker room having accomplished 17 of 19 passes — with one of many misses being a clock-stopping spike — for 125 yards.
The Raiders additionally scored on their first drive when Garoppolo related with Meyers from 3 yards out after the Broncos botched an onside kick to start out the season when Tremon Smith touched the soccer a yard shy of the 10-yard marker, negating Essang Bassey’s restoration.
Raiders: D Tre’von Moehrig left within the third quarter with an injured thumb.
Broncos: ILB Justin Strnad (left knee) was carted off within the first half and TE Greg Dulcich (knee) was injured on Denver’s opening drive after halftime.
Raiders: Go to Buffalo subsequent Sunday.
Broncos: Host Washington subsequent Sunday.