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Raiders win the final Monday Night Football game to ever be played in Oakland

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September 10, 2019 - 1:39 pm
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By Charlie O @Charlieo1320

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The raucous crowd of 52,359 Raiders fans were thrilled to watch their team beat the Denver Broncos 24-16 on Monday night while they yelled expletive filled chants letting Antonio Brown know their team did not need him (that may not prove to be true). The Oakland fans also seemed to be in denial that it was the final Monday Night Football game that would ever be played in Oakland because their team is leaving for Las Vegas.

The empty upper deck

As a reporter who covers baseball on a regular basis at the Oakland Coliseum, I could not help but notice the black tarps with the Raiders logo that covers the seats in the upper deck at that facility. The late Al Davis had demanded the City of Oakland and County of Alameda add that deck of seats for him to bring the team back from Los Angeles. The deck of 10,000 seats “affectionately” became known as “Mount Davis”.

The Raiders were never able to sellout the expanded Coliseum and their games were “blacked out” on local television which hurt their popularity. That led to the team tarping off the 10,000 seats and “reducing” the capacity of the stadium, so they could declare sellouts for their games to be seen on TV in the Bay Area.

When the Raiders move to Las Vegas at the end of the season, there will still be $98-million in bonds to paid off on the “Mount Davis” modification. Neither the team, league, nor the city of Las Vegas have offered to compensate the City of Oakland (now the sole owner of the facility) for their loss, but everyone is invited to fly to Vegas and buy tickets for next season’s opening game in the new $1.8-billion stadium that is being built in “Sin City”.

Oakland started quickly

Dewayne Harris returned the opening kickoff 29 yards to the Raiders 28-yard line where Derek Carr took over the offense. The Raiders promptly went on a 10 play – 72-yard drive that ended with an eight- yard pass from Carr to Tyrell Williams for a touchdown. The extra point try was good, and Oakland took the early 7-0 lead with 8:52 to go in the first quarter.

That opening drive set up an atmosphere of control that Raiders maintained almost throughout the entirety of the contest. Denver did come alive for a while in the third quarter but could not sustain that momentum.

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Pass dependent offense

The Raiders really relied on the pass to advance the ball. The stats show the team rushed the ball 28 times and passed the ball 26 times which appears to be really balanced. The reality is Oakland gained only 98 yards on the ground and 259 yards through the air.

Derek Carr went 22-for-26 passing for 259 yards and one touchdown. He did not throw an interception. Carr’s longest pass of the game was a 43-yard connection to Tyrell Williams. He finished with an impressive QB rating of 121.0

Darren Waller and Tyrell Williams were Carr’s favorite targets on Monday night. Waller was targeted eight times and made seven receptions good for 70 yards. Williams was the target seven times and made six catches for 105 yards and one for a touchdown.

Rookie running back Josh Jacobs was the Raiders leading rusher in the game. He carried the ball 23 times for a total of 85 yards and two TD’s.

Silver & Black on defense

The Broncos Joe Flacco had good night statistically, but it was not very productive on the scoreboard. Flacco completed 21-of-31 passes for 268 yards and one touchdown. Flacco did not throw an interception. He was sacked three times for a total loss of 19 yards. Flacco finished with a QB rating of 105.3.

The Raiders limited the Broncos to a total of 95 yards rushing on 23 carries. Denver did not score a rushing TD.

Defensive End Benson Mayowa recorded two sacks and three tackles for Oakland on Monday night. Rookie Defensive End Clelin Ferrell picked up the other sack to go with three tackles and two quarterback hurries.

Safety Karl Joseph was the Raiders leading tackler with three solo tackles and four assisted tackles – one tackle for a loss.

No time to rest

The Raiders will have no time to sit back and enjoy their win over the Broncos as they must get ready to host the Kansas Chiefs next Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum. The Chiefs crushed the Jaguars 40-26 on Sunday. The Chiefs are the early Vegas favorites -8 points on the spread with the over/under set at 52 ½. The Money Line is sitting at -400 for KC and +330 for the Raiders.

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