OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Broncos fell to the Oakland Raiders, 30-20, in the stadium known as the "Black Hole" on Sunday night. With the loss, the Broncos fall to third place in the AFC West.
It was all Raiders from the beginning as the Broncos started with a quick three-and-out. And then followed that up with three more. It was the first time the Broncos started with four straight three-and-outs since 2011.
And that was the way the game went throughout the first quarter. Two field goals and a touchdown in the early second quarter gave the Raiders a 13-0 lead.
The Broncos first first down did not come until around the nine-minute mark of the second quarter with a huge catch by Demaryius Thomas for 23 yards.
That catch helped the Broncos set up a touchdown by Jordan Norwood to make 13-7.
Just before halftime, the Raiders again marched down the field and scored a touchdown to extend their lead to 20-7. A 55-yard field goal by Brandon McManus made it 20-10 at halftime.
McManus nailed a 44-yard field goal to open the fourth quarter, making it 20-13.
The Raiders would extend their lead with another field goal and a touchdown around the six-minute mark in the fourth quarter to make it 30-13.
Kapri Bibbs tried to give the Broncos some life late in the fourth quarter with a 69-yard touchdown run to make it 30-20. Bibbs' run was the longest reception by a Broncos running back since Clinton Portis' 72-yard reception in 2003.
But quarterback Trevor Siemian threw an interception on fourth down at the two-minute warning and that would seal the deal.
The Broncos already had injury problems on defense, and they got worse in the late third quarter. Defensive end Derek Wolfe was carted off with what the Broncos called an elbow injury.
He was out for the rest of the game and it is unknown how severe the injury was.
The Broncos drop to 6-3 and drop to third place in the AFC West. The Raiders (7-2) are on top and the Kansas City Chiefs (6-2) are in second place.
The Broncos travel to New Orleans next Sunday to take on the Saints in an 11 a.m. game.