Broncos Report Card: Just about an all-around “F” in loss to Las Vegas

Offense — F

The Broncos committed a season-high four turnovers, went seven possessions without a touchdown after reaching the end zone to start the game and converted only five of 14 third-down chances. The fourth quarter featured a bunch of empty calorie yards, allowing the Broncos to finish with 421 yards. On multiple downfield throws, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater either underthrew, overthrew or had the receiver drop the pass. Javonte Williams had a 30-yard carry but the Broncos’ other 22 carries gained only 82 yards. Tight end Noah Fant and receiver Courtland Sutton were targeted a combined 25 times (17 catches for 187 yards and two touchdowns).

Defense — F

Derek Carr followed what Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson did two weeks ago and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger did last week: Throw for 300-plus yards and basically do whatever he wanted against the Broncos’ defense. Carr was 18 of 27 for 341 yards and two touchdowns and was rarely pressured, allowing him to scan the field for open targets. The Raiders rolled up seven receptions of at least 25 yards, including touchdowns of 48 yards by receiver Henry Ruggs III and 31 yards by running back Kenyon Drake. The Broncos’ defense has a problem — they can’t stop anybody. And that is an all-levels program, from the lack of a four-man rush to the linebackers not covering to the secondary getting toasted.

Special teams — B

If the goal was is to avoid one major gaffe per game, something that eluded the Broncos throughout the first five games, then Sunday was a success. Sam Martin averaged a sub-par 39.8 net yards per punt attempt, but it wasn’t costly since the Raiders had only one return for five yards. Brandon McManus remains 100% on field goals/extra points this year (one field goal and three PATs against Las Vegas). The punt return game could never get going because Raiders punter A.J. Cole was kicking like there was helium in the football — a 57-yard average (47 net). The highlight was a recovered onside kick by tight end Eric Saubert in garbage time.

Coaching — F

A total system breakdown offensively and defensively and the coaches have until Thursday at 6:20 p.m. in Cleveland to figure what has gone wrong the last three weeks (besides an uptick in the competition) and how to fix it without the benefit of a full week of work. Coach Vic Fangio opted to go for it on fourth-and-2 from the Broncos’ 38-yard line in the first half, but the play-call (pass) wasn’t the right one. Fangio later went 0 of 2 on replay challenges and neither call was close. Offensively, the Broncos, to this untrained eye, simply don’t do enough things to make a defense think twice.

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