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NFL Week 10 PFF ReFocused: Las Vegas Raiders 37, Denver Broncos 12

Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) looks to pass against the Denver Broncos during the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Jacobs, Devontae Booker and the Las Vegas Raiders’ offensive line took no prisoners in the team’s 37-12 win over the visiting Denver Broncos in Week 10. Jacobs and Booker both averaged over five yards per carry and scored two touchdowns apiece in what was a bludgeoning in the trenches in favor of Las Vegas from start to finish in Week 10.

Editor's note: All of PFF's grades and advanced stats from this game will be finalized and made available to ELITE subscribers within 24 hours of the final whistle.

Story of the Game

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr also turned in what will likely be one of his highest-graded games of the season once PFF gets through its grading review process. He finished the game with zero turnover-worthy plays and three big-time throws (on first review), including a dime downfield that tight end Darren Waller ultimately dropped.

Drew Lock, on the other hand, had a day to forget. The Broncos' second-year signal-caller recorded four interceptions (including four turnover-worthy plays on first review). He also averaged just 5.5 yards per attempt and took two sacks across his 51 dropbacks.

Defensively, the stars of the game were Raiders veteran safety Jeff Heath and Broncos linebacker Alexander Johnson. Heath didn’t miss a tackle, he recorded a defensive stop and intercepted Lock in the end zone to halt a late second-quarter drive in its tracks. Though in a losing effort, Johnson was a force in the run game and recorded zero missed tackles on the day.

Rookie Watch

None of the four rookie receivers who suited up in Sunday’s contest were all that impressive. Broncos’ Jerry Jeudy led the group with four receptions from eight targets for 68 yards. The former Penn State phenom K.J. Hamler recorded four receptions from 10 targets for 50 yards, as well. Raiders rookies Henry Ruggs III and Bryan Edwards combined for just four receptions for 47 yards in the game.

Broncos rookie center Lloyd Cushenberry III should finish grading reviews with his best single-game pass-blocking grade of the season. He was stellar in pass protection against what was an underwhelming rotation of Las Vegas interior defensive linemen.

In 20-plus coverage snaps, Raiders rookie cornerback Damon Arnette didn’t allow a single reception on his two targets. Fellow rookie Essang Bassey gave up two receptions for 24 yards and two first downs for the Broncos (on first review).

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