The bright spots were few and far between for the Oakland Raiders Monday night in their 37-21 loss to the host Denver Broncos.
Peyton Manning dissected the Raiders secondary, carving them up at will. He completed 32 of 37 passes (86.4%) for 374 yards, including 3 touchdown passes and a gaudy 135.8 Passer Rating. He read the Oakland defense perfectly and made all the right adjustments, something you would expect a crafty old veteran to make. Eric Decker caught 8 passes for 133 yards and a 2 yard TD.
The Broncos jumped out to a dominating 27-7 lead at halftime and never looked back, Manning threw 2 of his 3 TD’s in the first half.
“We knew we were in a challenge, because Oakland has good cover corners,” Manning told ESPN. “Mix up their coverage well. Guys did a good job getting open versus man, and finding holes in the zones. All of them did a good job running with the ball after the catch.”
The Raiders rallied a little bit in the 2nd half when Terrelle Pryor got hot and found his rhythm. He completed 19 of 28 passes for 281 yards and a 73 yard TD (to Denarius Moore in the first half). He didn’t commit any turnovers for the 2nd straight game. Pryor also ran 4 times for 36 yards, Moore caught 6 passes for 124 yards and the aforementioned TD.
Oakland RB Darren McFadden struggled all game long, he ended up with 9 yards on 12 carries and a 1 yard TD with 1:15 left in the game. However, he threw a rare 16 yard TD when he connected with fullback Marcel Reece on a halfback option with 17 seconds left in the 3rd quarter.s, manning
In the 3rd quarter, Lamarr Houston got past replacement left tackle Chris Clark and sacked Peyton Manning, forcing a fumble which Oakland recovered, stopping a Denver drive in the Red Zone. Oakland now has 10 sacks in 3 games this season.
-Pryor suffered a concussion on a hit by Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard late in the 4th quarter. The injury makes Pryor’s status questionable for Sunday’s home game against winless Washington when the Redskins travel to Oakland. Following NFL policy, the concussed Pryor wasn’t available to speak to reporters following the game.
-Matt Flynn came in and replaced him on the final Raiders drive of the game, he completed 1 of 2 passes for 19 yards and will start against Washington if Pryor doesn’t play.
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