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OAKLAND Joe Flacco Jersey , Calif. (AP) — After the final seconds ticked off, Derek Carr ran straight to the Black Hole with several teammates before taking a victory lap around the Coliseum to celebrate with his fans.If this truly is the final game ever in Oakland, the Raiders gave their fans plenty to cheer at the end of another disappointing season.Dwayne Harris returned a punt 99 yards for a touchdown after Denver failed to down it, Oakland native Doug Martin ran for 107 yards and a score and the Raiders beat the Broncos 27-14 on Monday night in what was possibly the final NFL game ever at the Coliseum.“It was emotional because as I was doing it, I was remembering all the memories from breaking my ankle, to fourth-quarter comeback wins, to throwing three picks in a quarter. Everything,” Carr said. “Just how loyal our fans are. I know it stings. I know it hurts that we might not play here. I don’t know. I was going to make sure that if this was the last time, I wanted to say thank you in whatever way I could.”The Raiders (4-11) are set to move to Las Vegas in 2020 and have no lease for next year. With Oakland officials having sued the team over the move, the Raiders are looking into other options for 2019, including AT&T Park in San Francisco.A decision is expected before the Super Bowl, but many of the die-hards came out for this game knowing it could be the last NFL game ever in the stadium that opened in 1966.“I don’t want to get too sentimental tonight,” coach Jon Gruden said. “Hopefully that’s not the case. That’s for other people to decide. You see the love affair these fans have for the Raiders.”While the Raiders celebrated, the Broncos (6-9) hit a low after being assured of having back-to-back seasons with losing records for the first time since 1971-72. After going 5-11 in coach Vance Joseph’s first season, Denver has done little better in year two and general manager John Elway could be ready to make a change after the season.The Broncos opened the month with playoff aspirations, but three straight losses to teams that entered the game with losing records ended those hopes and have the team searching for answers.“The message is to keep fighting,” Joseph said. “That’s what we do right now. We have one more game left and this team’s fought all year.”Shortly after Oakland native Marshawn Lynch lit the torch in honor of late owner Al Davis before the game, Harris delivered the biggest highlight with a punt return that was tied for the second-longest ever.Andre Holmes deflected Colby Wadman’s punt just before it crossed the goal line and Isaac Yiadom was in position to down it at the 1. But he couldn’t hold onto the ball and Harris picked it up before racing 99 yards down the sideline for the touchdown that stunned the Broncos. Only Patrick Peterson (99 yards) and Robert Bailey (103) have punt returns that long in NFL history.“As soon as he touched it I knew I was going to try to return it if he had tried to throw it back,” Harris said. “I’ve been trying to get that play all season. … As soon as he did it I knew it was an opportunity for me to take advantage of it.”The Broncos weren’t much better at the other phases of the game, committing pre-snap penalties, generating almost no consistent offense in the first half and then allowing Martin to scamper 24 yards untouched around the end to make it 14-0 midway through the second quarter.“It was definitely important to me and to the players to give this win to (the Oakland fans) for Christmas Von Miller Jersey ,” Martin said. “Merry Christmas to Oakland. Hope you enjoyed it. We love you.”Case Keenum got the Broncos on the board with a pair of TD passes in the second half to DaeSean Hamilton and Courtland Sutton. But it wasn’t enough as Jalen Richard scored on a 3-yard run for Oakland and the Raiders sealed the win with interceptions by Marcus Gilchrist and Erik Harris.RED FLAG ALERTGruden threw his challenge flag after Keenum’s 19-yard TD pass to Sutton, believing that Keenum crossed the line before the throw. But scoring plays are automatically reviewed and the replay booth confirmed the call without a stoppage. Oakland was charged with a timeout, the second time this season Gruden has tried to challenge a TD.FIRST-HALF SHUTOUTThe Raiders came into the game allowing the most points per game in franchise history since 1961, but gave up nothing in the opening half against the Broncos. It’s the third straight meeting between the teams where Denver failed to score in the opening half. Those are the only times in the past 90 games that Oakland has pitched a first-half shutout.MILESTONE WATCHBroncos running back Phillip Lindsay passed the 1,000-yard rushing mark in the first half, joining Dominic Rhodes and LaGarrette Blount as the only undrafted rookies to top 1,000 in a season in the Super Bowl era. Lindsay ran for 46 yards before leaving with a wrist injury and as has 1,037 on the season. He needs 68 more to break Rhodes’ record set in 2001 for Indianapolis.UP NEXTBroncos: Host the Chargers on Sunday.Raiders: Visit the Chiefs on Sunday. Another good week to look ahead to next year’s draft class. For this week’s 3 & Out I spoke with Benjamin Solak of The Draft Network to get an outside view on what Denver needs come Draft Day. If you haven’t started looking at The Draft Network for Mock drafts they do a series every Monday that I highly recommend. They’re also the best resource on the net with their 2019 player database. As always, this interview was lightly interviewed for clarity. 1st and 10Most of the season I’ve seen The Draft Network mock a quarterback to the Broncos. two weeks ago you gave them Jarret Stidham from Auburn, (will link the profile) and last Monday Brad Kelly gave them Will Grier from West Virginia. It seems like everyone’s sold on Justin Herbert but leery of the rest of this class, which made your mock even more interesting because you had Herbert staying at Oregon. So I guess if that were to happen, or Denver can’t get into realistic contention for him, why should they go after Grier, Stidham or even Drew Lock?Why should they? I suppose because they really need a quarterback, and teams that need a quarterback are pretty dead in the water in terms of deep playoff aspirations.Stidham isn’t a player I want to hang my hat on at all, as he’s struggled this season with his decision-making and accuracy. But because he’s a big-bodied SEC passer whose teams have been relatively successful, he’ll hit a lot of boxes for an evaluator like Elway. Grier is likely the best player of the three, but he’s a hot-and-cold passer who needs strong pass-catchers around him to be successful. Lock is a project quarterback with nice size and physical traits, but you’ll need a good bit of time to get him comfortable with the playbook.2nd and 8Outside of the QB position what do you see as the biggest needs of this Broncos team? They seem better than their record, but at the same time lost in blowout fashion to a rebuilding Jets team.Building in the trenches is always a great idea, especially when you need to nurse a young quarterback (eventually). Even when you don’t have a strong QB back there DeMarcus Ware Jersey , a good offensive line helps power the running game. I could see them making a move at offensive tackle to upgrade on Jared Veldheer, in which case a player like West Virginia’s Yodny Cajuste or Wisconsin’s David Edwards makes a lot of sense. If they want to get a guy with tackle/guard versatility to really subscribe to a ‘best five’ mindset, look for Alabama’s Jonah Williams and Kansas State’s Dalton Risner.Interior defensive line is also probably a need -- that DeMarcus Walker pick was always a bad one. It’s a super strong class there: Alabama’s got two strong players in Quinnen Williams and Raekwon Davis, and Mississippi State’s Jeffery Simmons is a world-beater if you feel clear with his off-field history. 3rd and 5Since they have all these other needs, would it be better for them to chase after a different position where there seems to be a deep pool of talent and try to hold out for the QB crop of 2020? Fans are already calling for Tua Tagovailoa. It’s tough to plan for the 2020 draft because you never really know what’s coming. The mostly likely top quarterback to come off the board in 2020 right now isn’t even Tua -- it’s Justin Herbert, who may very well go back to school. Who knows if Tua comes out? What if he has a late injury and decides to go back to school instead of entering the Draft hurt? You never want to go reaching for lower talent just because you have need -- Denver shouldn’t feel the need to force quarterback -- but for every week that you start a quarterback who simply doesn’t give you a chance to be a division champion and playoff team, your team’s star players become less and less patient. That’s a tough thing to deal with in the locker room. Would Broncos Country possibly wait ‘til 2021 for their franchise QB? Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports4th and 3Everyone talks about the defensive line class and how great it looks, but what are the other strengths of this class? What are the weakest positions? Strong: Interior Defensive Line, EDGE, Wide Receiver, Interior Offensive LineWeak: Safety, Offensive Tackle, Running Back, QuarterbackDT Jerry Tillery has been an absolute menace for the Fighting Irish this season -- his frame and power remind me of Leonard Williams out of USC. Denver likely won’t be starving for EDGE play, but OLB Chase Winovich from Michigan may be available on Day 3, and he’s a polished rusher who should be a good special teamer. I love the Courtland Sutton/DaeSean Hamilton pairing for the Broncos -- I guess if you’re looking for a guy not necessarily in either of those two molds, then a Collin Johnson from Texas gives you downfield contested catch ability that neither Sutton or Hamilton bring. Interior guys? I’m falling hard for Chris Lindstrom, the guard out of Boston College -- big, powerful hands, clean footwork. He’s a people mover.What do you think Broncos Country?
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