Once again, the Broncos' defense was all-world, with the only significant demerits being the gaffes that led to a 64-yard first-half touchdown from Oakland QB Derek Carr to Johnny Holton. But while Siemian got off to a hot start, helped immeasurably by a ridiculous TD grab by tight end A.J. Derby to begin the scoring, he once again showed that he's better at getting the squad into field-goal range than hitting receivers in the end zone.
And that's no guarantee of points right now thanks to the performance of McManus, who's been mondo-erratic since signing a hefty new contract. After going awry on a virtual gimme yesterday, he's now missed three kicks in four games — and his bad boot gave the Raiders new life, just as a similar mistake did in week one against the Los Angeles Chargers. If he hadn't prevented Oakland kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson from taking it to the house in the first quarter, he'd be even higher on the shit list.
Raiders loyalists, meanwhile, focused much of their ire on defensive lineman Adam Gotsis's sack of Carr, who left the game afterward with a back injury. The refs didn't throw a flag on the play, which incensed the Oakland faithful, as you'll see.
Continue to read the tweets that made us see orange and blue, capped by one of the more ridiculous claims ever — one related to an Alex Jones/Infowars-promoted conspiracy theory that Carr's offensive line isn't blocking for him because he stood for the National Anthem during the previous week's game rather than taking a knee.
Broncos still suck— Ceaser Gonzalez (@ceaser_gonzalez) October 2, 2017
Grab Carr by the head and drag him by it with no penalty just great #RaiderNation— Benjamin Ruth (@benjaminflocca) October 1, 2017
that was a clothes line 2 Carr, at least a blow to the neck/ helmet of a QB.# no flag! League is rigged!— Johnny West (@w15754906) October 1, 2017
The NFL needs to show more care towards its players, there was no need for that neck wrap tackle when Carr was already down. Throw the flag— Nathan Berg (@Ice_Berg20) October 1, 2017
I hate the Broncos. Boring to watch and they just hurt people. Nice little neck rip on Carr.— Alex Masset (@massetam) October 1, 2017
Fourth Bronco to take a shot at Carr was the one who hit him hardest - kneed in the back, twisted neck. Looked less serious in the replay.— Joshua Brisco (@jbbrisco) October 1, 2017
If Carr is hurt I’m flying to Denver and I’m gonna whoop Gotsis’s ass— Jackboo (@Trilosiity) October 1, 2017
Terrible. They should start ejecting Broncos players every time a dirty hit injures a QB, since it happens so often. Suspension's too.— Mr McMurderer (@MrMcmurderer) October 2, 2017
dirty broncos— MareeMar (@MareeMarrr) October 1, 2017