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NFL Week 6 Game Recap: Las Vegas Raiders 34, Denver Broncos 24

Denver, Colorado, USA; Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow (13) runs the ball ahead of Denver Broncos cornerback Bryce Callahan (29) in the first quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Las Vegas Raiders dismantled the Denver Broncos, 34-24, in Week 6 to move to 4-2 on the season and remain in second place in the cutthroat AFC West. Derek Carr shook off all the ugliness of the past week to submit another stellar performance and deliver interim head coach Rich Bisaccia his first career victory. 

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Las Vegas Raiders


Derek Carr picked apart the Broncos' defense to the tune of 341 yards and two touchdowns on 18-of-27 passing. The eighth-year signal-caller consistently pushed the ball downfield, finishing with an average depth of target of 12 yards, headlined by a 48-yard touchdown to Henry Ruggs III. Carr also registered an adjusted completion percentage of 80% while going without a single turnover-worthy play.

Derek Carr | Week 6

Target Depth Comp/Att Yds Adj. Comp. % TDs
Behind L.O.S 2/2 32 100% 0
Short (1-9) 7/10 44 90% 0
Medium (10-19) 5/7 113 71.4% 0
Long (20+) 4/6 152 66.7% 2
Running back

Josh Jacobs once again operated as the Raiders' lead back, averaging 3.3 yards per carry on 16 attempts, including a late third-quarter touchdown. The third-year pro displayed some unexpected shiftiness, forcing a team-high four missed tackles.

Jacobs was supplanted by Kenyan Drake, who finished with 73 total yards on six touches. Drake scurried for his first touchdown of the season on an 18-yard run early in the third quarter.

Wide receiver/tight end

Henry Ruggs III paced the Raiders' receiving corps with 97 receiving yards on three receptions. The speedy second-year wideout consistently torched the Broncos' defense down the field, finishing with an average depth of target of 24.5 yards and a game-high two explosive plays.

Darren Waller hauled in all five of his targets for 59 yards, including a team-best two first downs. The All-Pro tight end’s 33-yard reception seconds before the half was one of the Raiders' eight explosive pass plays on the day.

Offensive line

The Raiders' offensive line put together one of its strongest performances of the season, helping to create 1.6 rushing yards before contact while allowing just one sack. In total, the unit conceded 17 pressures, four of which right tackle Brandon Parker was deemed responsible for.

Defensive line

Maxx Crosby continued to establish himself as an elite pass-rusher with another dominant performance, piling up 12 total pressures and five sacks in the win. The defensive line as a whole was responsible for 33 total pressures and 18 quarterback hurries. Four different Raiders, including Crosby, accrued four or more pressures.

Defender Pass-Rushing Snaps Pressures Sacks 
Yannick Ngakoue 44 3 0
Maxx Crosby 40 12 5
Damion Square 34 4 2
Quinton Jefferson 32 6 1
Solomon Thomas 30 6 0
Clelin Ferrell 11 2 0

Cory Littleton and Denzel Perryman racked up 11 tackles apiece. The pairing was involved heavily in the passing game, allowing 12 receptions on a combined 14 targets. Littleton was responsible for the unit’s lone forced incompletion and finished with an 87.0 passer rating allowed, while Perryman conceded three first downs and a fourth-quarter touchdown en route to a 154.6 passer rating allowed.


Brandon Facyson was the Raiders’ most-targeted cornerback Sunday, allowing just four receptions on his seven targets. The fourth-year pro joined rookie Trevon Moehrig and Johnathan Abram as one of three Raiders with an interception in the victory.

Denver Broncos


Teddy Bridgewater did not have his strongest outing, throwing for 334 yards on 35-of-49 passing with three touchdowns and three interceptions. The seventh-year pro finished with an average depth of target of 10.7 yards. He spent most of the afternoon forcing downfield opportunities in an effort to try and dig Denver out of a deficit. Bridgewater was also under duress for most of the defeat, succumbing to five sacks while making five turnover-worthy plays in the loss.

Teddy Bridgewater | Week 6

Target Depth Comp/Att Yds Adj. Comp. % TDs
Behind L.O.S 5/5 14 100% 0
Short (1-9) 19/21 141 95.2% 1
Medium (10-19) 10/12 153 83.3% 2
Long (20+) 1/8 26 12.5% 0
Running back

Melvin Gordon III and rookie Javonte Williams once again split time in the Broncos' backfield, accumulating 73 and 68 total yards, respectively. Williams was the more effective rusher, totaling 53 yards on the ground and a team-high five total missed tackles. Gordon led the unit with 23 receiving yards on three receptions.

Wide receiver/tight end

Noah Fant led all Denver pass-catchers with 97 receiving yards on nine receptions, hauling in one of Bridgewater’s three touchdown tosses late in the fourth quarter. Fant’s nine receptions set a new career-high, as the third-year tight end paced all Broncos pass-catchers in yards after the catch (27) and yards per route run (2.06).

Courtland Sutton drew a team-high 14 targets in the defeat, hauling in eight of them for 94 yards. Sutton also caught a touchdown and reeled in a game-high seven first-down receptions.

Offensive line

The Broncos' offensive line conceded a season-high 35 total pressures while allowing an average of just one rushing yard before contact. Right guard Graham Glasgow and center Lloyd Cushenberry III were responsible for a combined 13 pressures, as well as three of the unit’s five allowed sacks.

Defensive line

Denver’s defensive line flourished against the run, allowing just 3.7 yards per rush, yet it failed to put much pressure on the quarterback in the defeat. Edge defender Von Miller accumulated eight of the unit’s 14 pressures but failed to come up with a sack. The group as a whole accrued just two quarterback hurries and zero sacks.

The unit was significantly stouter against the run, as interior defender Mike Purcell led the way with four tackles. He finished with an average depth of tackle of three yards.


Denver's linebackers were repeatedly tested in coverage, allowing 96 yards and four first downs on their unit-wide six targets. Alexander Johnson was the primary victim, conceding three receptions — including a second-half touchdown — in the loss. The group was only slightly better against the run, totaling four tackles and seven assists as a unit.


Rookie cornerback Patrick Surtain II drew a team-high six targets yet allowed just three receptions for 27 yards. Surtain was responsible for the team’s lone forced incompletion while finishing with the lowest passer rating allowed (62.5) of any Bronco with more than one target. Cornerback Ronald Darby did not share in Surtain’s success, allowing receptions on all five of his targets for 113 yards, three first downs and a touchdown.

Defender Cov. Snaps  Rec/Tgts Yds Passer Rating Allowed
Ronald Darby 29 5/5 113 158.3
Patrick Surtain II 28 3/6 27 62.5
Bryce Callahan 23 3/4 86 116.7
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