The Raiders opened their 2019 campaign at home against the rival Denver Broncos on a Monday night with a win.
Derek Carr gave a commanding performance on the night, completing 22 of 26 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown. When the game was on the line, he demanded of Gruden a chance to finish the game. Gruden agreed and the game was won.
Rookie running back, Josh Jacobs, ran for 85 yards on 23 carries and scored two touchdowns in his debut.
Tyrell Williams in his debut proved 105 yards from six catches and a touchdown.
The Raiders top draft pick, Clelin Ferrell, provided a sack, a tackle for loss and a pass defended in his debut. The Raider, who were sack poor last year, came away with three sacks on the night. Benson Mayowa getting the other two and a tackle for loss to boot.
Final score, Denver 16, Oakland Raiders 24.