Case Keenum: 19-35, 222 Yards, 1 Interception, 1 Rushing Touchdown
If you look at the box score, Case Keenum didn’t play well in this contest. Keenum and the Broncos offense started slow to begin the game, scoring zero points in the first half. That wasn’t going to cut it for the newly acquired quarterback.
The second half was a different story, as the Broncos outscored the Raiders 20-7 to finish the game. In the third quarter, Keenum should have had a passing touchdown, as he completed what looked like a 21-yard touchdown to wide receiver Courtland Sutton. The play was called incomplete on the field and the Broncos would challenge the ruling. The call was upheld.
The Broncos ended up getting a field goal on that drive, making it 19-10. In the fourth quarter, Keenum and the Broncos came up clutch when it was needed the most. With about six minutes left in the game, Keenum ran it in from one yard out on 4th-and-goal at the 1-yard line.
That made the game 19-17 late in the fourth quarter. The Broncos offense then were given a chance to take the lead, late in the game. Keenum and Co. were given possession at their own 20-yard line with two minutes remaining.
The Broncos quarterback delivered.
He drove the offense all the way to the Raiders’ 18-yard line, allowing kicker Brandon McManus to kick the game-winning field goal.
It wasn’t a pretty performance, by any means, but Keenum played at his best when it mattered the most. This probably wouldn’t have been possible with the QBs the Broncos had last season.