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Raiders vs. Broncos first half summary: Raiders on top of defensive struggle

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The Raiders have a first-half lead against the Broncos after some solid defensive play by both sides.

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Well, who would have thought the Raiders defense could hold the Broncos to three points in a half? But that's what Oakland has done, with some serious pressure up front and a bend-but-don't-break mentality. Denver has done most of its damage through the air and is finding the running game to be tough sledding, with only fifteen total rushing yards on the day.

Peyton Manning is having a slightly better time of it, going 13/21 for 166 yards. However, he has no touchdowns and threw a costly pick to Charles Woodson in the end zone to the the first half.

The game started out slowly with both teams not able to get much going offensively in the first quarter. Oakland had a promising drive end in a blocked field goal and the Broncos were able to cash in a stalled drive with a made field goal to go up 3-0. However, the Raiders would answer with a precision drive that included big catches by Amari Cooper and Clive Walford, and Carr hit Marcel Reece for a three-yard score.

Carr has matched Manning throw for throw and has 136 pass yards of his own. The running game has been reasonably successful overall with 41 yards on the ground. Oakland leads 7-3, but Denver gets the ball to begin the second half.