Aqib Talib, Chris Harris Jr. up, Demaryius Thomas down in Broncos' loss

Khalil Mack, Aqib Talib get game balls for Raiders, Broncos (0:56)

Accounting for Raiders five sacks in the game, Khalil Mack gets the game ball in Oakland's 15-12 victory in Denver Sunday, while Broncos CB Aqib Talib was a big reason Amari Cooper did not have a catch in the game. (0:56)

DENVER -- A look at the Denver Broncos players who were "up" and those who were "down" in Sunday’s 15-12 loss to the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High:


Aqib Talib: Raiders rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper came into Sunday’s game with 62 catches for 920 yards and four touchdowns, and those are exactly the totals Cooper left the game with. Talib was a big reason why Cooper was held without a catch.

Chris Harris Jr.: The Raiders’ other starting receiver -- Michael Crabtree -- finished with four catches for 19 yards with Harris in coverage much of the time. That’s a 4.8 yards per catch average and Crabtree’s longest reception of the game was 8 yards.

Malik Jackson: Jackson knocked down two passes, had a tackle for loss and consistently forced the issue in the middle of the Broncos' defensive line. An impending free agent at season’s end, Jackson’s list of impact plays has not gone unnoticed around the league.


Demaryius Thomas: At first glance, 10 catches for 95 yards is not a bad day at the NFL office. But for the fourth time this season Thomas had multiple dropped passes, including the second time in the past three games. He dropped five in the Broncos’ win over the New England Patriots two weeks ago. Few players take mistakes harder than Thomas, but the Broncos need him to be elite down the stretch and in the postseason.

Vernon Davis: Davis said it all after the game when he offered, "I should know better." But his fourth-down drop on a potential big play with just under four minutes remaining was a potential game changer that got away.

Broncos' special teams: A failure to make field goals and field punts proved costly. Brandon McManus missed a 49-yard field goal that would have tied the game in the fourth quarter. Emmanuel Sanders muffed a punt that handed the Raiders the ball on the Broncos’ 11-yard line for their only touchdown drive of the game, while Shiloh Keo failed to field a punt that rolled out at the Broncos’ 2-yard line.