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NFL Week 17 PFF ReFocused: Denver Broncos 16, Oakland Raiders 15

The Oakland Raiders lost to the Denver Broncos in Week 17, closing the chapter on the team's Oakland era.

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Final Score

Denver Broncos 16, Oakland Raiders 15

Denver Broncos

Drew Lock didn’t particularly have an impressive outing, but the Broncos still came away victorious. He threw a one-yard touchdown to Andrew Beck to end the first half, but he also nearly threw an interception to Lamarcus Joyner, but the Raiders defensive back dropped it.

Phillip Lindsay rushed for enough yards to put himself over the 1,000-yard mark for the second consecutive season to begin his career.

Von Miller was a problem for the Raiders all day, and he made life miserable for Oakland right tackle David Sharpe en route to several pass-rush wins and sacks.

Alexander Johnson played a great game both in coverage and as a run defender. In coverage, he was quick to the ball and he was a sure tackler in space.

Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr led a quick-hit offense with a lot of short crossers and slants, but the Denver defense did a good job of stopping drives before points were put on the board.

Darren Waller made some big plays but also had some big drops, including a drop on a fourth-quarter back-shoulder throw that gave the ball back to Denver.

Maxx Crosby picked up a sack in the first quarter after beating Jake Rodgers outside, and he picked up a strip-sack in the fourth quarter when he hit Drew Lock’s arm as he passed the ball. He then finished off an all-around solid performance by batting down a Drew Lock pass in the fourth quarter.

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