Going into Week 14’s matchup with the Denver Broncos, the Oakland Raiders were a heavy underdog going against a vaunted defense that boasted Aqib Talib and Von Miller. After going down 12-0 early on, it looked as though Denver was on the way to their 11th victory… but then the second half happened.
Coming into the second half already down by double digits, Oakland made sure to strike quick as they took their opening drive 80 yards for the touchdown when Derek Carr hit Seth Roberts for 11 yards to make the score 12-7. Mack made his presence known on Denver’s next drive as he sacked quarterback Brock Osweiler for a safety, bringing the score to 12-9. The Raiders finally took the lead with 14:26 remaining after Carr hit tight end Mychal Rivera for a 16 yard touchdown. Khalil Mack would later seal the victory for Oakland after he sacked Osweiler to end Denver’s last ditch effort. Mack finished the game with five sacks, bringing his total to 14 for the season.
With the win, the Raiders improve to 6-7 on the season and get a huge boost as they get ready to host the Green Bay Packers in Week 15. The Note worthy topic of this game going in will be the reunion between Charles Woodson and his former team, but the Raiders will be looking to spoil the Packers trip and get their seventh win of the season. If Oakland is able to defeat two playoff bound teams in consecutive weeks, they could position themselves for a late run at the post season, or at the very least, a winning season (Something they have not accomplished since 2002).
Either way, Oakland’s Week 14 victory was a huge positive in showing the NFL that they’re ready to return to prominence.