This one was over not long after it began. The Broncos got off to an early start and didn't let up until they had a comfortable lead.
The first half line was pretty much what most had predicted it would be between these two teams. Each team had six drives. The Raiders got the ball first and their drives played out like this: three and out punt, three and out punt, three and out punt, punt, touchdown, three and out punt.
The Broncos line was an inversion of that, scoring on five of six drives in the first half: Touchdown, punt, field goal, touchdown, touchdown, field goal. They headed into half time 27-7.
The Raiders managed to make things respectable in the second half by outscoring the Broncos 14-10 with two turnovers on forced fumbles -- their first of turnovers of the season.
The Broncos were without Ryan Clady for the first time this season and the result was one sack/force fumbled by Lamarr Houston. Overall, they were able to capitalize on both of them in the second half with both of their touchdowns on the following drive.
The touchdown in the first half was on a 73-yard completion from Terrelle Pryor to Denarius Moore. The ball traveled 20 yards through the air and thanks to two Broncos running into each other, Moore was able to take the pass another 53 yards for the score.
Both of the Raiders final two touchdowns came off of a half back pass play from Darren McFadden. The first one, Pryor passed the ball into the flat to McFadden who dropped back and found Marcel Reece on a nice fade route in the endzone. The second, McFadden ran out right and set up for the half back pass before tucking it and putting the ball over the pylon for a one-yard touchdown.
The final score of 37-21 makes things look a bit better than they actually were. The turnovers and the scores were a refreshing sight for a team which didn't have any turnovers coming into the game but it was too little, too late for the Raiders who were down by 23 points early and didn't actually close the gap until the waning seconds of the game.
The Broncos simply outclassed the Raiders. The Broncos have a course set for a Super Bowl run while the Raiders are in full on rebuilding mode.
Peyton Manning's three touchdown passes in the first half, gave him a new NFL record for touchdowns in the first three games of a season (12).
Terrelle Pryor went 9 for 13 in the first half for 103 yards and a touchdown. All but 30 of those yards came on the one pass play to Denarius Moore. In the second half he showed some great pocket presence on several instances and finished with his best overall numbers on the season 19 of 28 for 281 yards and a TD. He would leave late with a concussion and be taken to the locker room for observation.
Although Darren McFadden did score two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing), he managed just nine yards on 12 carries to average less than a yard per carry. His 0.8 yards per carry is the worst YPC for a Raiders running back with 10+ carries in a game since Clarence Davis ran 10 times for 5 yards in 1978.
The Raiders fall to 1-2 on the season while the Broncos remain unbeaten (3-0).
|Oakland Raiders (1-2-0)|
|Denver Broncos (3-0-0)|