In a division rivalry Raiders vs Broncos Week 4 matchup, the Silver and Black finally came through with their first win of the 2022 NFL season. With the help of running back Josh Jacobs and wide receiver Davante Adams, both who surpassed 100 total yards for the day, the Derek Carr’s Raiders triumphed over the Russel Wilson led Broncos in a 32-23 victory.
The point lead changed six times throughout the nail biting game on Sunday. The Las Vegas Raiders were first on the board with a Daniel Carlson 26 yard field goal but it was followed with a 4-play, 2 minute scoring drive by the Broncos where Wilson found receiver Courtland Sutton for a 5 yard touchdown. On the very next possession, the Raiders answered back as Jacobs rushed 6 out of the 11 plays and finished the drive with a 10 yard rushing touchdown.
Jacobs had an overall career day, with 28 carries, 144 yards rushing, and a pair of touchdowns. In addition, the fourth year running back from Alabama topped it off with 31 yards on 5 catches. This sort of performance really does demonstrate the greatness of Jacobs, and as an underrated back going into this season, his play proved how the Raiders can still depend heavily on him on the ground game.
Before halftime, Raiders cornerback Amik Robertson returned a fumble recovery from Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III for a 46 yard touchdown. The Broncos were able to save some face in their next drive with a 20 yard touchdown catch from third year receiver Jerry Jeudy. Carlson followed up with his second field goal, along with two more after the break to bring the lead to 25-16.
Wilson must have gone grocery shopping during the half cause he came ready to cook in the third quarter with a number of shotgun plays to bring his team up 75 yards on 6 plays. The Super Bowl XLVIII champ rushed in the end zone for a 3 yard touchdown to bring it to a one possession game. Sadly their second year running back Javonte Williams suffered a season ending injury on the very first play of the second half with a torn ACL and LCL. Broncos linebacker Randy Gregory also left suffering a knee injury in the fourth quarter.
Jacobs rushed his second touchdown before the two-minute warning and brought the lead to 32-23. The Raiders finished the game with a total of 212 rushing yards, which is the most they’ve recorded in a game since 2016.
Another AFC West division matchup is on the books for next week as the Las Vegas Raiders face off against the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football.