The Oakland Raiders entered the 2016 season wanting to run their offense with a strong ground game and entered their week 9 matchup averaging 116.5 rushing yards per game, the 8th best in the NFL.
Facing a tough Broncos defense that was allowing just 189.3 passing yards per game (best in the NFL), offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave clearly wanted to attack Denver on the ground and they did so with success. Starting quarterback Derek Carr doesn't care how the offense does it, as long as they win.
"I don't get caught up in numbers, I don't get caught up in stats," Carr said after the game. "I care about winning. The way those guys run plays against one of the best defenses this league has seen in the last however many years they've been together, it was a fun thing to watch. I'm the biggest fan of that."
In all, the Raiders rushed for 218 total yards en route to their big 30-to-20 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football. The total number of rushing yards was the most they have had since Week 2 of the 2013 season.
Starting running back Latavius Murray led the way 114 yards on 20 carries, while also getting into the end zone three times.
"He did a nice job," Jack Del Rio said after his performance. "He got the hat trick, scoring three touchdowns. We narrowly missed on the one that was called back on the passing touchdown, but I know he had three running touchdowns. I thought he ran hard. I thought the line gave the backs room to run and I thought the backs ran hard."
As Del Rio noted, Murray wasn't the only back to find success against the Broncos Sunday night.
Musgrave did a good job mixing in rookies Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington as well to compliment his big back, with the rushing attack averaging 5.1 yards per carry. Murray and the Raiders running backs attribute their success to a job well-done by the big men up front.
"It starts up front," Murray said Sunday night. "Those guys create at the line of scrimmage and it makes it easy."