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Week 17 Game Recap: Oakland Raiders 15, Denver Broncos 16


What you need to know

Oakland Raiders

-Derek Carr had by far his biggest passing game of the season, throwing for almost 400 yards.

-Darren Waller racked up 100 receiving yards in the first quarter with the bulk of them coming on a 75-yard screen.

-Hunter Renfrow had another big game with 100+ yards and a touchdown for the second-straight week. He very nearly had a three touchdown game but one reception came up inches short of the goal line and Carr misfired on another potential score.

Denver Broncos

Denver's offense did just enough to beat the Raiders, scoring one touchdown and piecing together three drives that ended in field goals. None of Denver's offensive players pieced together a serviceable fantasy day, with Lock tossing one touchdown to fullback Andrew Beck. Hamilton led the team in receiving with 65 yards while Lindsay led the ground effort with 53 yards. Courtland Sutton and Phillip Lindsay finished the season with 1,000+ yards receiving and rushing, respectively.

Oakland Raiders

QB Derek Carr, 73 offensive snaps, Pass: 29 - 46 - 391 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 0 - 0
Carr threw for 391 yards against the Broncos. It was his first game with 300+ passing yards all season. Much of the yardage was racked up after the catch. Darren Waller caught a short screen pass near the line of scrimmage and broke loose for a 75-yard gain. The second-longest gain of the day, 33 yards, also came on a screen pass. Carr and the Raiders offense moved the ball well between the 20s but consistently bogged down in the red zone. The Raiders first three drives each stalled out in the red zone and they came away with a total of just three points on the drives. Carr missed a wide open Hunter Renfrow in the end zone on the opening drive, which ended up costing the Raiders seven points when the short field goal attempt was mixed. Carr missed Renfrow once more later in the game but otherwise showed a strong rapport with the emerging rookie. Both Renfrow and Waller had 100+ receiving yards on the day and were Carr’s favorite targets throughout. Carr led a long touchdown drive in the final minute of the game, throwing a 3-yard touchdown strike to Hunter Renfrow to pull the Raiders within one point at 16-15. They went for two points and the win and Carr’s pass was batted down at the line of scrimmage.

RB DeAndre Washington, 54 offensive snaps, Rush: 17 - 77 - 0, Rec: 8 - 55 - 0 (9 targets)
Washington was a workhorse in every sense for the Raiders. He played 75% of the snaps and dominated the running back touches. He was heavily involved as both a runner and receiver. In fact, his eight receptions led the way for the Raiders. There wasn’t much running room for Washington in the first half but he started to have more success both as a runner and receiver after halftime. He opened up the second half with a spectacular run for 36 yards. He slid through a small hole, bounced off of a tackle and broke it outside for the long gain. He was able to pick up yardage in small but consistent chunks of five to 15 yards on short passes, throughout the game.

RB Jalen Richard, 18 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 20 - 0, Rec: 2 - 39 - 0 (2 targets)
Even with Josh Jacobs sidelined and the Raiders trailing most of the game, Richard played just 18 snaps (25%) and only touched it five times. Richard did make an impact despite his limited opportunities. He lined up out wide and took a tunnel screen for a 33-yard gain.

WR Hunter Renfrow, 56 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 102 - 1 (9 targets)
Renfrow ended the season on an extremely high note. He played a season-high 77% of the snaps, which was a major increase considering he had been in the 40-60% range in most games. He made a number of long catches, including a 39-yarder deep down the seam that featured some nice moves after the catch and a smart lateral near the end of the run that led to an extra nine yards. Renfrow had a big fantasy game with 100 yards and a touchdown that could have been much bigger, considering he narrowly missed scoring twice more. On a third-and-short in the red zone on the game’s opening drive, Renfrow badly beat his defender with a double move, faking an out and then cutting upfield. He was wide open for what should have been an easy touchdown catch but Carr misfired. A couple drives later, Renfrow again narrowly missed a touchdown. He caught a quick slant that was called a 5-yard touchdown catch on the field. However, upon review, the touchdown was overturned and he was ruled down inches shy of the end zone. In the final minute of the game, Renfrow made a leaping grab and held on for a 28-yard contested catch that set the Raiders up with goal to go. He finally got into the end zone with seven seconds left in the game, scoring on a 3-yard slant route. Instead of kicking the extra point to send the game into overtime, Gruden elected to go for two and the win. The play was designed to go to Renfrow, who beat his man and was open in the front of the end zone. However, a defensive lineman was able to get his hand up and deflect the pass at the line of scrimmage.

WR Marcell Ateman, 52 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 46 - 0 (7 targets)
Tyrell Williams played limited snaps, which opened the door for Ateman at the X-receiver position. He played a season-high 52 snaps (71%) and was targeted 7 times. Things started poorly for Ateman. He caught his only first-half target for a 20-yard gain but was stood up and had the ball ripped out of his hands before he went to the ground. The turnover led to the Broncos only touchdown of the game and was one of the key plays of the game. Ateman came up with a clutch diving grab along the sideline for an 11-yard gain. The catch came on 4th-and-2 in the final minute of the game as the Raiders were mounting a potential game-winning drive.

WR Zay Jones, 60 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 21 - 0 (2 targets)
Jones started and led all Raiders wide receivers in snaps with 60 (82%). Despite being on the field most of the game, Jones was targeted just twice in a game Carr threw the ball 46 times. Jones is very rarely the primary read and mostly an afterthought in the offense.

WR Tyrell Williams, 21 offensive snaps
The season ended on a quiet note for Tyrell Williams, who struggled through a foot injury most of the season. He was a complete non-factor in the passing game Week 17, playing only 21 snaps (29%) without a single target.

TE Darren Waller, 69 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 107 - 0 (10 targets)
Waller played 95% of snaps and led the team in targets despite Hunter Renfrow also garnering plenty of looks from Carr. Waller did basically all of his damage in the first quarter. He had three receptions on the opening drive, including an 18-yard reception on a slant route. He went over 100 yards receiving late in the first quarter when he took a screen pass for a 75-yard gain. On the play, he lined up inline and blocked a defender temporarily before using a swim move to get away from him to free himself for the short grab. He looked like he was shot out of a cannon as he raced down the sideline, outrunning multiple Broncos defensive backs before getting tripped up at the 20-yard line. He managed only two catches for six total yards after the opening quarter, though he did have an 11-yard catch wiped out due to an illegal formation penalty.


Denver Broncos

QB Drew Lock, 61 offensive snaps, Pass: 17 - 28 - 177 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 6 - 29 - 0
Lock had another solid but unspectacular day as he did not turn the ball over and threw one short touchdown to fullback Andrew Beck. Lock drove the offense down the field to a touchdown with less than a minute remaining in the 1st half, completing passes to Hamilton and Sutton as well as drawing a pass interference flag in the end zone to set the offense up for an easy 1 yard touchdown pass to Beck. Beck scored on a play action pass that left him uncovered in the flat for an easy pass from Lock. Lock was unable to connect on any big plays with number one target Sutton, but the pair did connect on three different PI penalties, including the aforementioned flag that set up the one yard touchdown pass. Lock only took two sacks and picked up 29 yards on the ground with six carries.

RB Phillip Lindsay, 35 offensive snaps, Rush: 18 - 53 - 0 (1 targets)
Lindsay couldn't get much going on the ground, mustering up a long run of 8 yards this week. He lead the backfield in touches and finished with 53 yards to add to his second season, making it his second 1,000 yard season in two years.

RB Royce Freeman, 24 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - -4 - 0, Rec: 1 - 8 - 0 (1 targets)
Freeman was a total nonfactor, losing 4 yards on two carries. He gathered his one target for an 8 yard gain.

RB Devontae Booker, 5 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 17 - 0 (2 targets)
Booker mixed in on some passing downs and gathered both his targets. He got open across the middle in the 2nd quarter for a 9 yard gain out of the backfield, then picked up another 8 yards on a checkdown pass from Lock in the 3rd.

WR DaeSean Hamilton, 43 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 65 - 0 (6 targets)
Hamilton led the team in receiving yards again this week with the second most targets(6). He got nice separation on an out route that converted 3rd and 6 for his first catch of the day. Lock hit him for a tough catch in traffic up the seam in the 2nd quarter. Hamilton had another clutch catch on the Broncos final drive of the 1st half, which saw them score in just 43 seconds. Hamilton's longest catch of the day was a 17 yard gain over the middle in the 3rd quarter. Hamilton snagged a beautiful toe-tapper on the left sideline later in the 3rd quarter to round out his day. Hamilton has flashed some potential since Lock took over as QB.

WR Courtland Sutton, 46 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 52 - 0 (8 targets)
Sutton made an amazing leaping grab over a defender for his first catch on a 1st quarter out route. Sutton had a nice catch and run on an improvised play from Lock later in the 2nd quarter. Sutton drew a pass interference flag in the end zone at the end of the 1st half, setting the Broncos up for an easy touchdown from the 1 yard line. Sutton picked up 19 yards on a crossing route and fumbled at the end of the play in the 3rd quarter, but the ball took a fortunate bounce out of bounds. Sutton took an awful shot from safety Harris on a diving attempt for a ball, but managed to return to the game after missing a few plays.

WR Tim Patrick, 35 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 14 - 0 (2 targets)
Patrick started opposite Sutton but was a complete nonfactor. He picked up 14 yards on a deep crossing route late in the 3rd quarter.

TE Andrew Beck, 24 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 8 - 1 (2 targets)
Beck worked his usual fullback/tight end hybrid roll behind Fant. He leaked out of the backfield from the fullback position for a short catch and run on his first target of the day. At the end of the 1st half, the offense drove down to the Raiders 1 yard line after Sutton drew a PI flag in the end zone. Beck faked a block and leaked out into the flat where he was wide open for an easy touchdown pass from Lock just before half time.

TE Noah Fant, 36 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 4 - 0 (2 targets)
Fant played a full complement of snaps, but had just one catch for a paltry 4 yards on a tight end screen in the 3rd quarter.

TE Troy Fumagalli, 17 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (2 targets)
Fumagalli worked as a backup tight end and special teamer. He caught a short checkdown pass from Lock in the 3rd quarter.