The Raiders long national nightmare is over. Their ever-increasing NFL record interceptionless streak to begin a season ends at 10 games. And it couldn’t have come at a better time.
To set up the importance of the pick, we need to back up a few plays. Broncos linebacker Shaquille Barrett got around Raiders left tackle Donald Penn to strip sack Derek Carr. Barrett recovered the ball in scoring position at the Oakland 20-yard-line.
That’s where the Broncos would start the second quarter with quarterback Paxton Lynch completing a pass to running back Devontae Booker on a wheel route. Initially it was ruled a touchdown, but it was placed at the one-yard line after replay.
Then after a stuff for no gain by Cory James and the Raiders defensive line. The next play, the Broncos went to the air, with Lynch throwing for tight end Virgil Green. Raider middle linebacker NaVorro Bowman caught up to his man and batted the ball, it bounced off Reggie Nelson (of course) and landed right into the arms of Bowman who was on his back on the turf.
Maybe it wasn't the prettiest INT in history...— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) November 26, 2017
But it counts. #DENvsOAK pic.twitter.com/7ULbtPGFV7
It was the first opportunity the Raiders would have to capitalize off of an interception. And they did just that. Driving for a touchdown. That, folks, is what we call a 14-point swing. And it was a 7-0 Raiders lead.