Broncos fall to Raiders, 21-14, in seventh straight loss, longest skid in 50 years

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders held off the Broncos' fourth-quarter comeback attempt Sunday as Denver fell, 21-14, for its seventh straight loss.

It's the Broncos' longest losing streak since 1967.

The heated rivalry was in full force during the game that saw a brawl that resulted in three players getting ejected, players from both teams leaving the game with injuries, and the Broncos playing two quarterbacks.

Former first-round pick Paxton Lynch got the start at quarterback and it ended in disaster for the second-year player.

After playing for three quarters and failing to find the end zone, Lynch suffered an ankle injury and left the game.

It was back to Trevor Siemian and he completed back-to-back touchdown drives to give the Broncos some hope.

But in the end, a huge throw by Raiders quarterback Derek Carr ended the game for the Broncos.

The Broncos defense started strong by forcing the Raiders to go three-and-out on the opening drive.

But the Broncos offense wasn't any better. Lynch handed off to C.J. Anderson for 4 yards on first down. Then he overthrew an open Bennie Fowler on third-and-5 resulting in a three-and-out.

Just minutes into the game, Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib and Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree were ejected after the two started throwing punches at each other on the field.

The incident started a brawl between several Broncos and Raiders players on the sideline.

Things got back to football after that.

It started to look promising as Lynch found Devontae Booker for a 20-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter, but the play was reviewed ruled Booker was down by contact at the 1-yard line.

On the next play, instead of running, the Broncos decide to throw it. Lynch's pass bounced off Virgil Green and was intercepted by Raiders linebacker NaVorro Bowman, who was laying on his back in the end zone.

It was the Raiders' first interception this season.

That interception was shifted the momentum.

The Raiders got the ball, and Carr quickly led Oakland down the field. Carr found Amari Cooper for a 9-yard touchdown. Cooper was being covered by rookie Bernard Langley, who was playing in place of Talib.

Oakland extended its lead as Marshawn Lynch pushed his way in for a touchdown before halftime, a play that was made possible after a pass interference call on Langley in the end zone.

Things didn't start any better for Lynch and the Broncos in the second half. The Broncos were forced to punt after Lynch was sacked.

The Raiders offense continued to smoke the Broncos defense as Carr found Johnny Holton for a 47-yard gain into the red zone.

Carr found Jalen Richard in the end zone on the next play to extend the lead to 21-0.

Lynch exited the game late in the third quarter after suffering an ankle injury.

Siemian entered the game and went 1-of-3 passing for 1 yard on his first drive. The Broncos went three-and-out and were forced to punt.

After a weak start, Siemian completed his next five passes for more than 50 yards. The Broncos avoided the shutout by going for it on fourth-and-6 as Siemian found Cody Latimer for a 25-yard touchdown to make it 21-7.

Siemian led the Broncos to another touchdown on the next drive, finding Fowler on a 22-yard pass with just more than two minutes left in the game, making it 21-14.

The Broncos had a chance to come back and the defense was doing a good job holding Oakland.

But on third-and-8, Carr found Cordarrelle Patterson  for a 54-yard play before Chris Harris Jr. finally brought him down.

Oakland took a knee three times to end the game.

Next up, the Broncos (3-7) will travel to Miami to take on the Dolphins (4-7). The game airs at 11 a.m. on Dec. 3 on FOX31.

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