The FSM Essential Recap: Raiders vs Broncos Week 17

 Oakland Raiders (7-9) vs Denver Broncos (7-9)


Before the Oakland Raiders packed it up to head to Las Vegas for the 2020 season, they had some business to attend to against their division rival Denver Broncos on Sunday evening.


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The Raiders and Broncos ended the 2019 regular season in a contest filled with intensity, especially on the defensive end. The end zone was a landmark that Denver made it difficult for Oakland to reach, until the very end. Even then, Shelby Harris would put an end to any chance Oakland had, as he stopped the two-point conversion attempt to secure a 16-15 victory in what will forever be remembered as the team’s final game as the Oakland Raiders.

Denver ended their season on a high note as they snag the win over their AFC West rival to take their spot at second place in the division, leaving them with a 7-9 record. With the Raiders season officially in the books, they have now secured the No. 12 and No. 19 picks in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft which will be held in Las Vegas.


The Raiders started the game out strong on the offensive end, with a couple drives making it down to the red zone, only to leave without touchdowns. The Broncos were fortunate enough to only surrender 3 points in the first half. However, the offensive side for the Broncos seemed to have been a struggle early on in the contest.

Heading into halftime Drew Lock had been efficient, going 10/15 for 92 yards and a touchdown pass. By the third quarter though, the Bronco defense would continue to be the main focus. When it came to offense, the Broncos did get a field goal to go in order to extend their lead to 13-3.

Brandon McManus started the fourth quarter with a 51-yard field goal to put Denver up 16-3. However, as the game started to wind down, and with all the momentum on the side of the Raiders, Royce Freeman would fumble at the 40-yard line to give Oakland a chance at redemption. A 48-yard completion down the field kept the Raiders hopes of winning alive.


Fast forward later into the final seconds of the game, the Raiders found themselves at the Broncos 34- yard line. A pass made down the middle was almost intercepted by Isaac Yiadom, however, Hunter Renfrow managed to hang on to it for a first and goal opportunity for Oakland. A penalty was called on Yiadom, which would put the ball at the three-yard line where the Raiders would score their only touchdown two plays later. The 16-15 win was secured by the Broncos’ Shelby Harris as he batted the two-point conversion pass attempt down.

This will be an offseason of intrigue for Raiders Nation as the team has over $80 million in cap space, two 1st round picks and questions about their quarterback position. When the new NFL year starts on March 18th, 2020, the Raiders will officially be known as the Las Vegas Raiders and Franchise Sports Media will have them covered for the Vegas valley.


Next season the Las Vegas Raiders will be playing their home games at Allegiant Stadium.


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