The Raiders’ responded to the Broncos game-opening touchdown drive by moving the ball to the Denver 21-yard line, but the defense was able to hold the Raiders to a field goal.
Oakland picked up their biggest chunk of yardage on a pass from quarterback Carson Palmer to fullback Marcel Reese, which went for 31 yards and moved the Raiders to the Denver 39-yard line.
Darren McFadden ran the ball three times for 15 yards on the drive.
On the final third down of the drive, Oakland faced a third-and-5 from the Broncos’ 21-yard line.
Defensive end Elvis Dumervil lined up on the left side, contrary to his usual spot on the blind side.
Dumervil rushed and hit Palmer at release, forcing an incompletion and a Raiders’ field goal attempt.
Kicker Sebastian Janikowski converted on the 38-yard field goal to bring the score to 7-3, Broncos.