Raiders own worst enemy in loss to Denver

The Oakland Raiders can only think about what could have been in their 13-3 loss to the Denver Broncos.

The Raiders drove 47 yards on their opening drive down but came away empty when Sebastian Janikowski missed wide right on his 54-yard attempt. Two plays later, the Broncos had scored to go up 7-0. Jake Plummer hit Javon Walker for a 54-yard reception and Tatum Bell banged it in from two yards out.

It would be the only touchdown of the game as Jason Elam would connect on field goals from 22 and 51 yards out in the second quarter to give the Broncos a 13-0 lead.

Before the half, Oakland drove the ball 60 yards down the field to the Denver 28, including a 51-yard strike to Randy Moss that led to the two-minute warning. On second-and-ten, Walter went deep and was picked off by Champ Bailey at the two.

Opportunity squandered.

The Raiders would convert a fumble recovery into a field goal and get no closer but they had their chances.

First, Oakland turned the ball over on downs when they were unable to convert on fourth down on the Broncos' 43.

One possession later with the Raiders driving, LaMont Jordan would be stripped of the ball on the Denver 27-yard line. That ended any chance of Oakland coming back.

It didn't help that the Raiders committed 13 penalties for 95 yards but the two turnovers were the most crucial in Sunday night's loss.


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