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By Jeremy Kahn
OAKLAND — Despite the fact that the Oakland Raiders their biggest acquisition on Saturday, it did not damper their performance against the Denver Broncos.
Tyrell Williams was on the receiving end of a Derek Carr eight-yard touchdown pass on the Raiders initial drive of the season, as the Raiders defeated the Broncos 24-16 before a crowd of 52,359 at the Coliseum.
With the victory in the opener against a rival that goes to back to the old AFL days in 1960, it gave Raiders head coach Jon Gruden his 100th career victory.
Rookie Josh Jacobs scored his first NFL touchdown, as he scored the first of two touchdowns on the evening with 3:30 remaining in the second quarter.
That touchdown by Jacobs ended a 13 play 95 yards that last a whopping eight minutes and thirty-five seconds.
Jacobs ended up carrying the ball 23 times for 85 yards, and scoring twice, as he helped the Raiders to the season-opening victory.
Derek Carr was outstanding, as he went 22-for-26 for 259 yards and one touchdown.
Making his Broncos debut, Joe Flacco went 21-for-31 for 268 yards and one touchdown to Emmanuel Sanders with 2:15 remaining in the game.
The Broncos kicked deep, as Vic Fangio held on to all three timeouts; however, Carr found Williams for 10 yards and then Jacobs clinched the game, as he picked up the first down after a 13-yard run.
This was the first Raiders game since the Raiders released Antonio Brown per his request on Saturday morning. Brown never played a down for the Raiders in the pre-season, as he sat out most practices due to frostbite on his feet and helmet issues.
Williams was the leading receiver for the Raiders, as he caught x passes for xx yards and the initial touchdown that got the Raiders on the board.
There was a scary moment in the third quarter, as Gareon Conley was kneed in the neck area by teammate Johnathan Abram, when they attempted to tackle Royce Freeman after a 26-yard run. Abram was called for a 15-yard unnecessary roughness call.
Brandon McManus kicked three field goals for the Broncos, as he nailed two from 26 yards and one from 39 yards.
Karl Joseph was the leading tackler for the Raiders, as he picked seven tackles on the evening, while the Broncos were led by inside linebacker Josey Jewell, who led all tacklers with 14 tackles.
UP NEXT: After the huge victory over the Broncos, the Raiders will stay home and face another old AFC West rival on Sunday at 1:05 p.m., as the Kansas City Chiefs come into the Coliseum. This will be the last home game for the Raiders in Oakland until they face the Detroit Lions on November 3.
The Raiders have a home game on October 5 against the Chicago Bears; however, that game is in London, England.