The Denver Broncos kept Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch quiet and sent quarterback Derek Carr to the sideline with a back injury as they clinched a 16-10 win in their AFC West divisional clash.
Despite holding Lynch to 12 yards on nine carries, the Broncos were in danger of losing late on in a game they had dominated, with the Raiders driving down the field with two minutes remaining.
But, back-up QB Manuel’s deep pass down the left sideline intended for Amari Cooper was intercepted by safety Justin Simmons to ice the win for Denver.
Earlier, the Broncos had taken then lead in the first quarter with their only touchdown of the game, a one-handed grab by tight end A.J. Derby off Trevor Siemian’s 22-yard pass.
Kicker Brandon McManus stretched that Broncos lead further with his first of three field goals, though Carr brough the Raiders back into the game with a 64-yard TD striker to Johnny Holton.
However, Carr left the game in the third quarter with a back injury after he was sacked by Shelby Harris and hit by Adam Gotsis. Coach Jack Del Rio said Carr suffered from back spasms.
Manuel came on as his replacement and drove the Raiders 73 yards for Giorgio Tavecchio to kick a 38-yard field goal to see them a score away from victory.
But, with the game on the line late on, Manuel threw a game-ending interception to see Oakland slip to 2-2 on the season, while Denver move to 3-1 with the win.
Game’s key stats OAKLAND DENVER Passing C/A Yds TD Int Passing C/A Yds TD Int Derek Carr 10/18 143 1 0 Trevor Siemian 16/26 179 1 0 EJ Manuel 11/17 106 0 1 Rushing Att Yds TD Rushing Att Yds TD C.J. Anderson 20 95 0 Marshawn Lynch 9 12 0 Jamaal Charles 5 33 0 Receiving Rec Yds TD Receiving Rec Yds TD Johnny Holton 1 64 1 A.J. Derby 4 75 1 Total net yards 254 Total net yards 298