Derek Carr suffers back injury, E.J. Manuel rally falls short as Raiders fall to Broncos, 16-10

Matt Schneidman, East Bay Times on

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Carr was asked after the game how he feels. "Not too good," he said. "We lost. That never feels good."

Physically? "Not good either," he responded.

In the meantime, Marquette King's fake punt-and-run went awry in Raiders territory. Not only that, he threw the ball at an opponent after the play and was tagged with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty. Luckily for Oakland, McManus hooked a 29-yard field goal and Denver couldn't capitalize on its prime field position following King's antics.

Manuel and the Raiders couldn't capitalize either, and Von Miller burst through the Oakland offensive line to take down the backup on 3rd and long to flip possession. Manuel actually responded quite well on the next drive, marching the Raiders downfield before drops by Cooper and Jared Cook (in the end zone) spoiled a pair of pinpoint throws.

Oakland's comeback hopes crumbled on Manuel's final throw, a deep ball intended for Cooper that was intercepted by Justin Simmons, sealing the Broncos win.

"Any time Coop is given an opportunity to go up and try to catch a ball, we want to give him that chance," Manuel said. "I think I could've kept the ball more outside for him to try to shield off the safety a little more."

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