The Oakland Raiders looked like they had something going in their favor when they went to halftime losing only by six, after scoring a touchdown and stopping Peyton Manning’s two-minute drill. But then came the second half and the Broncos, with 13 unanswered points in the 3rd quarter, took control of the ballgame and never gave it back. The loss drops the Silver&Black to a 3-10 record, as the Raiders have now lost six straight games.
Raiders’ players who did not suit up for the game: RB Jeremy Steward (“C.D.” – Coaches’ Decision), RB/FB Jamize Olawale (C.D.), WR Derek Hagan (C.D.), G Lucas Nix (C.D.), OT Willie Smith (C.D.), DE Jack Crawford (toe) and DT Richard Seymour (knees&hamstring). Notable Broncos’ inactives include G Chris Kuper (ankle), LB Wesley Woodyard (ankle) and CB Tracy Porter (illness).
The Broncos had the first possession. The Raiders defense would start the game with a 3&out, as Tyvon Branch almost intercepted Peyton Manning, but a holding penalty on Philip Wheeler gave Denver a new set of downs. A stuffed run and an incompletion later, it was 3rd&6, which was converted with a 16-yard reception by Eric Decker to the Raiders’ 38 yard line. Once again after a stuffed run and an incompletion, Manning faced a 3rd&10 and converted with a quick strike to Knowshon Moreno over the blitz, who ran all the way to the Raiders’ 12. Manning then found his TE Joel Dreessen for the 6-yard TD over the middle. Broncos 7 x 0 Raiders. On a 3rd&10, Carson Palmer could not avoid the 3&out with a 5-yard pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey. Manning also faced an early 3rd down, for 5, but he avoided the 3&out with a strike to Decker to midfield. A 19-yard reception by Jacob Tamme got Denver inside the redzone. On a 3rd&8 at the 14, Manning was sacked by Lamarr Houston. The 43-yard FG by Matt Prater was good. Denver 10 x 0 Raiders with 5:09 left in the first quarter.
After two stuffed runs by Darren McFadden, Palmer faced a 3rd&10 and not only avoided the 3&out but connected with Rod Streater for a 58-yard gain all the way to the Broncos’ 22. Right on the next play, Palmer tried to connect with Brandon Myers over the middle but was intercepted by Champ Bailey. Starting at their own 21-yard line, Denver got into Oakland’s territory with a reception by Demaryius Thomas. Another catch by Thomas on a slant route reached the 11-yard line. A sack by Desmond Bryant set up a 3rd&15, which went for an incompletion over the endzone. The 34-yard FG was good. Broncos 13 x 0 Raiders. The offense suffered another 3&out, once again due to a short completion to DHB. An 18-yard reception by Andre Caldwell reached the Broncos’ 41 yard line. Three straight runs got Denver to the Raiders’ 28 yard line. On the next play, Manning underthrew his receiver in the endzone and Phillip Adams made him pay with a diving interception.
An 11-yard gain by McFadden was negated by a holding penalty on Mike Brisiel. A completion to DHB and a run up the middle by DMC got a new set of downs. An 11-yard reception by Denarius Moore moved Oakland to Denver’s 41 yard line. Rod Streater reached the 26 with a slant route catch. A quick strike to McFadden put the Raiders inside the redzone. A Myers catch reached the 7. On a 3rd&2, a screen pass to McFadden got the job done, as the RB walked to the endzone. Broncos 13 x 7 Raiders with 1:59 left in the first half. A reception by Matthew Willis reached midfield with 1:12 left. A sack by Mike Mitchell moved Denver back to their own 44. On a 3rd&9 at midfield, Adams almost had his second interception of the game but could not secure the catch in a diving effort. With just 13 seconds to work with, the Raiders decided to run the clock off. At halftime, it’s Broncos 13 x 7 Raiders.
The Raiders opened the 3rd quarter with a 36-yard run by McFadden to the Broncos’ 44 yard line. After two stuffed runs by Marcel Reece and a false start on Khalif Barnes, it was 3rd&13 and Palmer felt the pass rush and underthrew Moore off his backfoot. Starting at their own 9, the Broncos faced a 3rd&11 at the 19, which was converted with a reception by Thomas to the 42. A catch by Decker over Joselio Hanson reached the Raiders’ 29 yard line. A pass interference penalty on Matt Giordano in the endzone put Denver at the Raiders’ 1 yard line. On 3rd&goal after an incompletion and a stuffed run by Desmond Bryant, Manning could not connect with Decker in the corner of the endzone with Philip Adams in coverage. The 20-yard FG was good. Broncos 16 x 7 Raiders. On a 3rd&6, Palmer was sacked by Von Miller over Khalif Barnes and lost the football which was recovered by Denver at the Raiders’ 2 yard line. A run up the middle by Moreno on 2nd down got the TD. Broncos 23 x 7 Raiders with 5:07 left in the 3rd quarter.
On a 3rd&8, the Raiders could not avoid the 3&out with an incompletion looking for Heyward-Bey. Denver got into Oakland’s territory with a reception by Thomas. On a 3rd&1, Moreno ended up wide open on a playaction pass to reach the 21. Two plays later, it was a 3rd&5, which went for a 1-yard catch due to a tackle by Adams. The 33-yard FG was good. Broncos 26 x 7 Raiders. On a 3rd&6 at the 24, a holding penalty on Champ Bailey gave the Raiders a new set of downs. Two straight catches by Moore reached midfield. After a dropped ball by Juron Criner which would reach the 30 yard line or maybe more, it was 3rd&15 and Palmer had no time to think due to a blitz and aired it out off his backfoot, almost being intercepted. On a 3rd&6 at their own 37, an illegal contact penalty on Tyvon Branch gave Denver the first down. Two stuffed runs later, it was 3rd&11 for Manning, who was forced to throw it away, with Lamarr Houston getting the pressure.
The Raiders reached their own 44-yard line with a catch by Juron Criner. Right on the next play, Palmer found Heyward-Bey over the sideline and the wideout made a man miss and took it all the way to the endzone for a 56-yard TD. On the 2-point conversion, Denarius Moore caught the ball but was not able to put two feet in bounds on the fade route. Broncos 26 x 13 Raiders with 5:38 left in the game. After recovering the onside kick, the Broncos kept the clock running through their rushing attack, setting up a 3rd&5, converted with a quick strike to Thomas, reaching the 20-yard line. Another first down through the ground ran the rest of the clock off. Final score: Broncos 26 x 13 Raiders.
Carson Palmer finished the game with 19 completions (63%) for 273 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT. Darren McFadden rushed for 52 yards (4.7 YPC), also catching 2 balls for 12 yards and the TD. Rod Streater led all receivers with 100 yards on 4 catches. Darrius Heyward-Bey recorded 5 catches for 82 yards and 1 TD. Philip Wheeler led all defenders with 10 total tackles. Mike Mitchell, Desmond Bryant and Lamarr Houston contributed with a sack each. Philip Adams recorded 1 interception.
The Raiders will now host the Kansas City Chiefs on December 16th, at 1:25 P.M. (PDT).