The Las Vegas Raiders are rolling, picking up their third straight victory with their most recent one coming against the Denver Broncos in Week 10.
Much has been made about the improved Raiders offense during the 2020 season, but it was the defense that made their presence felt against the Broncos. Las Vegas forced a season-high five turnovers, picking off Drew Lock four times and recovering a fumble.
Safety Jeff Heath was responsible for two of those interceptions, while defensive end Carl Nassib and linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski came up with one each. The Broncos wide receivers found themselves draped most of the afternoon, while their running game did not provide much help as they only mustered up 66 yards on the ground.
Josh Jacobs was the star for the Raiders offense as the second-year running back compiled 112 rushing yards on 21 attempts and found the end zone twice. Devontae Booker also had himself a day carrying the football, rushing for 81 yards and two scores of his own.
With the running backs handling most of the offensive burden, Derek Carr did not have to do much. He was efficient though, completing 16-of-25 passes for a modest 154 yards, adding 10 yards on four carries as well.
Darren Waller led the team in receiving with three receptions for 37 yards but could have had a bigger day had he not dropped a gorgeous deep shot from Carr along the left sideline that would have been a touchdown. Henry Ruggs III and Hunter Renfrow combined for five receptions for 61 yards, moving the chains and keeping Denver at bay.
The Silver and Black are peaking at the right time as the postseason draws closer each week, but they will have their hands full in Week 11 when they get the Kansas City Chiefs for the second time. They were able to take the first round, but the defense will need to step up again if they hope to complete a season sweep.