Derek Carr threw a touchdown pass on the opening drive of the year, newcomer Josh Jacobs ran for two scores and also the Oakland Raiders reacted to some tumultuous week enclosing receiver Antonio Brown by beating the Denver Broncos 24-16.
The Raiders took out all the frustration over the play surrounding Brown with a win over the AFC West Broncos.
Joe Flacco harassed into three sacks and shielded Carr, along with the offensive line cleared Jacobs holes and kept Denver out of the end zone until 2:15 remained in the game.
The win spoiled the Denver debuts for Flacco and trainer Vic Fangio, and ended the NFL’s longest opening weekend winning streak in seven games.
The last home opener before the Raiders’ planned transfer to Las Vegas in the Coliseum season began with derisive chants in the fans toward Brown. As both Raiders players and fans seemed relieved to possess the reverted saga over Brown those just grew louder after each pass perform.
He came with optimism following a trade from Pittsburgh in March. But an odd foot injury, struggle with the NFL within his helmet, missed practices, multiple penalties along with a run-in with general manager Mike Mayock and odd social media posts finally resulted in the choice to release the game’s most prolific receiver two days before the opener.
Brown agreed to a deal just hours after being awarded his wish to be published by Oakland on Saturday and the Raiders .
They took the opening kick-off and marched 75 yards in 10 plays. Carr finished all five moves to four receivers.
Jacobs restricted a push to make it 14-0, oakland added another score in the second quarter. Jacobs scored again at the fourth quarter, getting the first Raider to run for two TDs in his debut.