Oakland Raiders-Denver Broncos game wrap: McGloin injured in loss 24-6; Cook to take controls in playoff game

January 1, 2017

NFL, Oakland Raiders

AP photo: Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin sits on the sideline with an injury during the first half of the team’s NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Denver.

By Jeremy Kahn

With a chance to win the AFC West for the first time since 2002, the Oakland Raiders lost not only the game but their quarterback for the second consecutive week.

Matt McGloin suffered a shoulder injury in the first half , as the Raiders lost to the Denver Broncos 24-6.

Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio was forced to turn to fourth round draft pick Connor Cook, who last saw action in pre season, “It was fast,” Cook said. “Felt pretty good to get out there and get some reps, trying to get the timing down with the receivers, but obviously not the way we wanted it to go.”

In a game that Del Rio said if you want the win you’d have to earn it and work hard for it but it didn’t come. Ever since starting quarterback Derek Carr broke his leg last week in Oakland against the Indianapolis Colts the Raiders are almost in a state where their hair is on fire. It’s a matter of desperate measures and if they are going to win they’d have to work extra hard with Cook in the Wild Card for the them, “I tell guys all the time: You get what you earn in this league,” Del Rio said. “And we didn’t do enough to earn a win tonight.”

Prior to be forced to leave the game due to his shoulder injury, McGloin completed six passes for just 21 yards in his first start after the season-ending injury to Derek Carr.

McGloin, who was making his first start since 2013, the year before Carr was drafted out of Fresno State. He was injured when Jared Crick threw him to the turf, that drew a roughing the passer against Crick, “I wanted to play out there tonight,” McGloin said. “If I’m not 100 percent healthy, that’s not what this team needs. I plan on being 100 percent healthy (for Houston).”

Cook, who was drafted out of Michigan State in the fourth round went 14-for-21 with a touchdown to Amari Cooper.

With the playoffs beginning on Saturday afternoon against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium, Cook could be the first rookie in the Super Bowl era to have his first start come in a playoff game, this according to NFL Research.

DeAndre Washington led the Raiders in rushing with seven carries for 43 yards, while Latavius Murray carried the ball five times for 43 yards.

Michael Crabtree was the Raiders leading receiver with five catches for 47 yards, while Cooper caught four passes for 39 yards and the Raiders lone touchdown.

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