For the majority of the first half, the Broncos offense has been out of rhythm. Manning has actually tossed 2 interceptions, the 2nd coming from a tipped ball by Justin Tuck, which he deftly tracked in the air and corralled in.
Both of Manning's turnovers were converted into points by Derek Carr and the Raiders. As Manning struggled early to get into sync, the Broncos defense kept them in it, as they allowed only 4 first downs in the 1st half.
The Broncos stalled twice inside the redzone, having to settle for 2 Brandon McManus field goals. Manning missed a certain touchdown to Ronnie Hillman, who was wide open on the goal line on the left sideline.
Bradly Roby picked off Carr, and the Broncos were able to capitalize themselves, as C.J. Anderson, whose been playing like an animal, took a short outlet throw 51 yards for a touchdown. Ronnie Hillman tweaked his foot and has been largely ineffective.
After yet another defensive stand, with under 4 minutes to play, Manning drove the Broncos down and scored, hitting Emmanuel Sanders for a 32-yard touchdown down the right sideline.
The Raiders deferred to start the game, so they'll get the ball to start the 2nd half. If the Broncos offense can use their late momentum as a launching pad, the game could get out of hand in the 2nd half.
But make no mistake. The Raiders came to play today. It's looking like this game could go down to the wire, as inexplicable as that might seem.