Final

Broncos 17

(7-2, 4-1 away)

Raiders 13

(2-7, 2-3 home)

Coverage: CBS

4:05 PM ET, November 12, 2006

 

1 2 3 4 T
DEN 7 0 0 1017
OAK 7 6 0 013

Top Performers

Passing: A. Walter (OAK) - 214 YDS

Rushing: Z. Crockett (OAK) - 7 CAR, 40 YDS

Receiving: J. Walker (DEN) - 2 REC, 62 YDS, 1 TD

Error-prone Plummer good enough to beat Raiders

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Denver Broncos went back to the formula they used to start the season: a stifling defense that made up for the mistakes of the offense.

Jake Plummer overcame three interceptions to throw a go-ahead touchdown pass to Kyle Johnson early in the fourth quarter and the Broncos forced two fumbles down the stretch to seal a 17-13 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

Scouts Inc.'s take ...
Despite a struggling Jake Plummer and a non-existent run game, the Denver Broncos were able to get out of Oakland with a win. Like usual, they were able to stay in the game because Oakland could not generate much either on the offensive side of the ball. Denver's defense was its usual stingy self forcing two Andrew Walter (above) fumbles. The Raiders right now are lost offensively. Their two best offensive weapons are WR Randy Moss (one reception) and RB LaMont Jordan (10 carries for 12 yards). Until they find ways to get them involved they will continue to struggle to consistently move the football. For Denver it was not much prettier. They are fortunate the win column does not have pictures as they once again proved that good teams find ways to win when they don't play their best football.

After breaking through with 31-point performances the past two weeks, Denver (7-2) reverted to its early season form when the defense dominated and often won in spite of the offense.

While that proved to be more than enough against the struggling Raiders (2-7), the Broncos know they'll need to be better when the competition gets tougher starting with next week's first-place showdown against San Diego.

"The good thing about it is we got a win, but we didn't play our best game," receiver Javon Walker said. "We left a lot of yards out there on the field. We made a lot of penalties and put ourselves in bad positions. We knew we could have played better."

The winning touchdown came after a fumbled punt by Denver was overruled by an obscure penalty call against Oakland.

The Raiders appeared in control when they recovered David Kircus' fumble at the Denver 20. But instead of adding to a 13-7 lead, Oakland was forced to punt again when Chris Carr was called for a personal foul for running out of bounds on the coverage.

"I was out of bounds longer than I probably should have been," Carr said. "It was a close call. Sometimes they'll call it, sometimes they won't."

After the second punt, Denver started its drive on its 40. Plummer completed seven straight passes and gave the Broncos a 14-13 lead on a fourth-down, play-action pass to Johnson with 11:06 to play.

"Coach [Mike] Shanahan is a riverboat gambler," Johnson said. "This time it came up in our favor."

The Raiders went three-and-out on the next drive and backed Denver down to the 2 on a 55-yard punt by Shane Lechler. But when Oakland most needed a stop, Plummer was able to get three first downs and move the ball into Raiders territory.

Oakland took over at its 17 with 4:03 remaining, but Kenard Lang beat backup left tackle Chad Slaughter, sacked Andrew Walter and forced a fumble that John Engelberger recovered for the Broncos at the 12. That set up Jason Elam's 24-yard field goal with 1:56 to go.

Walter fumbled the snap to start the next drive -- his second lost fumble in as many plays -- sending Oakland to its 11th straight loss against AFC West opponents.

"I know our defense is going to play well," said Plummer, who finished 21-for-30 for 210 yards and two touchdowns. "Even if we start slow and get behind, we've just got to keep pushing. We're putting ourselves in some tough spots, but we're pulling it out when it matters, and that's only going to pay off down the stretch in the season."

Walter was 18-for-33 for 214 yards and the two fumbles. Randy Moss caught only one pass -- for eight yards -- and the Raiders were shut out in the second half for the fourth time this season. They have scored only seven offensive touchdowns all year.

In a veiled shot at offensive coordinator Tom Walsh, Walter said the Raiders are too predictable on offense.

"We don't have a lot of depth as far as our playbook goes," he said. "They made some adjustments and started coming after us in the second half."

Oakland's moribund offense finally got the help it needed early in the first quarter when Plummer threw a pass behind Walker that was intercepted by Nnamdi Asomugha, who returned it to the Denver 15. That set LaMont Jordan's 1-yard score, ending a streak of 34 straight possessions without an offensive touchdown for Oakland.

Plummer was intercepted by Fabian Washington on fourth-and-1 from Denver's 49 on the next possession, but Oakland couldn't capitalize.

"We kept getting interceptions, but I guess it's one of those deals where when we get the interceptions, we have to score with it," safety Stuart Schweigert said.

Denver's offense couldn't move the ball at all for most of the first quarter before a 42-yard punt return by Kircus got the ball to Oakland's 41.

Plummer hit Walker on a slant on third down, Walker eluded Schweigert near the 20 and raced in for his fifth TD in the last three games. Before that, Plummer was just 1-for-7 with two interceptions.

Sebastian Janikowski kicked two field goals to give Oakland a 13-7 halftime lead, including a 55-yarder that tied his own franchise record.

Game notes


RB Mike Bell, Denver's second-leading rusher, was healthy but inactive for the game as Shanahan chose to play Damien Nash, who was activated from the practice squad before the game. Nash ran for 14 yards on four carries. ... Denver swept Oakland for the eighth time in 12 seasons. ... Janikowski also kicked a 55-yarder on Nov. 2, 2003, at Detroit.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DEN
OAK
1st Downs1313
Passing 1st downs
108
Rushing 1st downs
34
1st downs from penalties
01
3rd down efficiency
3-145-16
4th down efficiency
1-20-0
Total Plays5962
Total Yards264244
Yards per play4.53.9
Total Drives1514
Passing201198
Comp-Att
20-3118-33
Yards per pass
6.15.5
Interceptions thrown
30
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-93-16
Rushing6346
Rushing Attempts
2626
Yards per rush
2.41.8
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-21-2
Penalties4-153-25
Turnovers32
Fumbles lost
02
Interceptions thrown
30
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession30:1529:45

Passing Leaders

DENC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Plummer20/312106.8232-9
OAKC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Walter18/332146.5003-16

Rushing Leaders

DENCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bell14372.609
Nash4143.507
OAKCARYDSAVGTDLG
Crockett7405.7017
Jordan10121.215

Receiving Leaders

DENRECYDSAVGTDLG
Walker26231.0139
Alexander6498.2016
OAKRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams56112.2020
Whitted45313.3033

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERDENOAK
oakTD7:39LaMont Jordan, 1 yd run (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 15 yds, 3:22
07
denTD1:03Javon Walker, 39 yd pass from Jake Plummer (Jason Elam kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 41 yds, 0:51
77
SECOND QUARTERDENOAK
oakFG7:34Sebastian Janikowski 55 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 20 yds, 2:07
710
oakFG0:58Sebastian Janikowski 20 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 65 yds, 3:55
713
FOURTH QUARTERDENOAK
denTD11:10Kyle Johnson, 1 yd pass from Jake Plummer (Jason Elam kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 60 yds, 4:43
1413
denFG1:58Jason Elam 24 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 6 yds, 2:01
1713