The Denver Broncos throttled running back Marshawn Lynch and put the hurt on quarterback Derek Carr .
They limited Lynch to 12 yards on nine carries and sent Carr to the locker room with a back injury in their grind-it-out 16-10 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
Safety Justin Simmons’ interception of EJ Manuel at the Denver 8 in the closing minutes sealed Denver’s hard-fought win that sent them into their bye week at 3-1.
“It wasn’t really that ugly. It was a football game,” Denver defensive end Derek Wolfe said. “Don’t fans want to come see a good game? The fans want to come see a good, close game and this one came down to the defense having to make a stop at the end.”
Despite adding Lynch to their list of running backs they’ve stuffed this season , the Broncos found themselves in danger of frittering away an AFC West slugfest they had dominated when Riley Dixon’s punt traveled just 37 yards to the Oakland 42 with 4:16 remaining.
Manuel heaved a high toss to Amari Cooper just after the 2-minute warning but Simmons, who beat out three-time Pro Bowl safety T.J. Ward this summer, came down with the ball just shy of the goal line and took it out to 8. The Broncos then ran out the clock.
“What I like about our football team right now,” Broncos coach Vance Joseph said, is Denver’s run defense and the Broncos’ offensive ground game, which outgained Oakland’s 142 yards to 24. “My issue with our football team right now is we…