(Colo)-Broncos Fall At Oakland 21-14 For 7th Straight Loss
The Denver Broncos' losing streak is now 7 games after an ugly 21-14 loss yesterday at Oakland overshadowed by a 1st quarter brawl that led to the ejections of Denver Pro Bowl corner Aqib Talib and top Oakland receiver Michael Crabtree, who had tussled last year as well. Raiders starting guard Gabe Johnson was tossed for pushing an official during this year's melee.
Oakland's Derek Carr threw two touchdown passes and Marshawn Lynch ran for a score as the Raiders built a 21-0 lead.
Former Denver 1st-round draft pick Paxton Lynch was ineffective in his first appearance and start of the year. He was sacked 4 times and went 9-12 for just 41 yards and an interception against a defense that entered the game on pace to allow the second-highest completion percentage and passer rating in NFL history.
The Broncos failed to score on their first 10 possessions after a replay review overturned a TD pass in the 2nd quarter and Lynch threw an interception in the end zone on 2nd-and-goal from the 1 when the pass bounced off the receiver. The pick was Oakland's 1st of the season, ending an NFL-record wait.
Lynch left in the 3rd quarter with an ankle injury on a rollout and Trevor Siemian, dumped as the starter a month ago, replaced him and threw 2 touchdown passes in the 4th quarter to make the game close. The Broncos also lost DE Derek Wolfe in the 1st quarter with a neck injury.
Oakland played the 2nd half without its #2 receiver and #1 deep threat, Amari Cooper, who left with a concussion after being hurt on an illegal hit by Denver safety Darian Stewart, who was penalized.. Cooper was down on the turf for several minutes before leaving.
Denver will now try to end its longest losing streak in a half-century next Sunday against Miami.
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