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Silver Minings: Raiders got great pressure against Broncos

Denver QB Drew Lock was under siege all game

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Denver Broncos v Las Vegas Raiders
Maxx Crosby puts heat on Drew Lock
Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

The Las Vegas Raiders had been in a pass-rush slump for the past several weeks, but they turned up the heat on Sunday in a 17-13 home win over the Denver Broncos. According to TruMedia (via The Athletic), the Raiders pressured Denver quarterback Drew Lock on 48 percent of his drop backs in the Week 16 matchup. That’s the Raiders’ highest pressure rate of the season! Coupled with the fact that the Raiders held the Broncos to 18 yards rushing on 16 carries and it was a dominant defensive performance by the Silver and Black.

That type of defensive effort will be need in the next two weeks as the Raiders will make the AFC playoffs with a road win at the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday and a home win over the Los Angeles Chargers at home on Jan. 9.

In other Raiders’ links:

  • Raiders’ talk: The Athletic has a wrap-up podcast after the win over Denver.
  • Jacobs’ love: The Athletic has a look at the dominant performance by Raiders’ running back Josh Jacobs against Denver.
  • Good decision, coach: Raiders’ interim head coach Rich Bisaccia made the best coaching decision of Sunday’s NFL action, according to EDJ Sports.