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Final: Broncos 37, Raiders 6

The Denver Broncos reclaimed their home field with a vengeance Sunday in a 37-6 win over the Raiders before 76,013 fans at Sports Authority Field.

Quarterback Peyton Manning, who had nothing to do with the previous four losses to Oakland in Denver, orchestrated the win operating mostly out of a no-huddle offense the Raiders expected but could do nothing to stop.

Manning completed 30 of 38 passes for 338 yards and touchdown passes of 22 yards to Joel Dreessen, 17 yards to Eric Decker and 14 yards to Lance Ball.

Running back Willis McGahee gained 122 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown, and Matt Prater added field goals of 21 and 53 yards as the Broncos improved to 2-2.

Oakland managed field goals of 38 and 24 yards by Sebastian Janikowski, both drives which would have required touchdowns to have any meaningful chance at staying in the game.

The Raiders fall to 1-3, tied with Kansas City for last place in the AFC West, heading into their bye week. Denver is a game back of the first-place San Diego Chargers (3-1).

Coach Dennis Allen and his staff will have an additional week to figure out how to shore up a defense that has been shredded in each of the last three games against Miami, Pittsburgh and Denver.

Coming up after the bye is a difficult road assignment against the Atlanta Falcons and quarterback Matt Ryan, one of the NFL’s top home quarterbacks, throwing to receivers Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez.

The Broncos gave the Raiders some false hope late in the first half with a fake field goal attempt went awry, with place kicker Matt Prater throwing hopelessly incomplete on fourth-and-1 and giving the Raiders at the 36-yard line.

A 37-yard pass from quarterback Carson Palmer to Denarius Moore got the ball to the 13-yard line and Oakland eventually reached the 6. Palmer, however, threw incomplete on third-and-3 from the 6 and Janikowski came in to kick his second ifeld goal, this one from 24 yards out.

Any spark the Raiders had from that play quickly dissipated as Denver scored three touchdowns in the second quarter, a period Oakland has been outscored 55-7 this season.

Oakland’s plan going into the Denver game was simply enough in theory.

– Get Darren McFadden off and running against the Broncos, a team which he had gutted for 508 yards in their last four meetings.

– Get a lead, controlling the ball in the process, in hopes of keeping Manning from getting into a rhythm with the Denver no-huddle offense and keeping the Broncos pass rush in check.

The Raiders failed miserably on both counts.

McFadden had 15 yards on his first three carries but did little thereafter, finishing with 34 yards on 13 carries.

The Broncos established the tempo in the first quarter even if they hadn’t yet taken control of the game, controlling the ball for 11:15 with Manning-directed drives of 80 and 77 yards, the first ending in the 22-yard strike to Dreessen and the second on a 21-yard Prater field goal.

In between those two possessions, the Raiders managed a 60-yard drive of their own, but stalled at the 20-yard line, with Janikowski converting a 38-yard field goal.

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  • Kirk

    First pick in the draft here we come.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    DKnight007 Says:
    September 30th, 2012 at 5:03 pm
    I told you all…F**K Knapp!

    Why did McK allow DA to overhaul the offense when it didn’t need to be changed??

    Stupid!

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    Because Reggie stated the new coach could pick his own assistants and implement his own game plan. DA has done so, and therefore has full accountability, for better or worse.

  • MaddenRaiderisadouchebag

    Just Win Baby Says:
    September 30th, 2012 at 4:58 pm
    DA worked wonders with Denver’s D last season, but he had something then that he doesnt have now. Talent.

    =====

    What wonders? Weren’t they in the bottom 3rd in points allowed?

  • lefty12

    Method To My Madness Says:
    September 30th, 2012 at 5:02 pm
    Just Win Baby Says:
    September 30th, 2012 at 4:58 pm
    DA worked wonders with Denver’s D last season, but he had something then that he doesnt have now. Talent.
    *******************

    Excuses
    ===============
    Not really,just lack of talent.

  • Method To My Madness

    Nyraider Says:
    September 30th, 2012 at 5:02 pm
    what sucks is we were 8-8 last year and so close to making the playoffs. Now our season ended in september
    ***********************

    Wrong….it ended in March when Knapp was hired as OC…blog blasted me for negative remarks….well what do yall think now?

  • nyraider

    anyone miss the man to man D?

  • DKnight007

    Did you guys see how bad Knapps designs were of those “screen” plays??

    Laughably bad!

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    DKnight007 Says:
    September 30th, 2012 at 5:04 pm
    And the defense was back to being a base 4-3 vanilla defense today.

    I thought DA and Tarver were supposed change this D in a “multiple” D??

    ============================================

    No nose tackle, and super-thin linebacking depth.

  • nyraider

    no need for plax, we got streater, criner and hagen..lol

  • Method To My Madness

    Lefty12 Says:
    September 30th, 2012 at 5:05 pm
    Method To My Madness Says:
    September 30th, 2012 at 5:02 pm
    Just Win Baby Says:
    September 30th, 2012 at 4:58 pm
    DA worked wonders with Denver’s D last season, but he had something then that he doesnt have now. Talent.
    *******************

    Excuses
    ===============
    Not really,just lack of talent.
    ****************

    DA is head coach…he is over all facets of the game….he is failing miserably…he doesnt get a fkin pass Leftster

  • Raider E

    EastOak….you are wrong…A’s hit way better than those teams with better speed and better defense…Hudson was cool…fk zito and mulder, i never liked them. A’s are the team no one wants to play in postseason….we gonna cause much issues for teams this october

    ——————–

    A’S PLAY WITH THE LONGBALL OFFENSE, THEY HAVE SET A RECORD FOR STRIKEOUTS THIS SEASON PLAYBOY….I’M ROOTING FOR MY A’S THOUGH…. ALL DAY, EVERYDAY….

  • DJ Johnny

    Am I overreacting when I say this is the worst team in the league?

    NO!

    What good could possibly be said about this game? Worst defeat by Denver since 1962, DMAC gets 34 yards, the defense is actually worse than last yr. and we have 4-0 Atlanta in two weeks.

    Am I missing something?

  • TerrapinRaider

    Listen, I don’t care who you bring in to play this offense. Knapp sucks! So what? We may win a game here or there but we will suck as long as he is here! Period!

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Nyraider Says:
    September 30th, 2012 at 5:05 pm
    anyone miss the man to man D?

    =========================================

    No. Peyton would have shredded last year’s Routt and CJ defense just as badly, if not worse.

  • Method To My Madness

    Nyraider Says:
    September 30th, 2012 at 5:06 pm
    no need for plax, we got streater, criner and hagen..lol
    *****************************

    Yeah sure helps while we have Knapp not using him correctly as well

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Bottom line I dont think the RAiders will ever be good.

    Say what you want but in the last two years two guys were right for this team and knew what it meant to be a RAIDER. HUE JACKSON and JON GRUDEN.

    Deniss Allen is finding out what HUE already knew.. THe defense sucks. HUE was gonna get his guys in.. his coaches and get rid of the players that didnt need to be here. BUT NOOOOOOOOOO Mark thought Hue wanted more power LOL of course he did ? THE DEFENSE SUCKED.

    Now we are 3 years backwards

  • Marks hair

    Knapps worse than i remember

  • lefty12

    Come on Mark,I read your comments all the time.That definition fits you to a tee.

  • J Hill

    well what do yall think now?

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    We think you should’ve warned us about Tarver and this soft arsse zone.

  • boss01

    Method To My Madness Says:
    September 30th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Boss01 Says:
    September 30th, 2012 at 4:47 pm
    the players Reggie brought in are downright pathetic, and I don’t wanna hear about the money issue, bottom line is he let go of the wrong players and kept the wrong ones in Seymour and Kelly…this team is unwatchable
    ***********************

    Hey….Reggie gets paid big bucks so obviously he knows what he is doing…you are just lowly follower like all of us…what do you know? lol

    =======================

    I know I am watching the least competitive raider team since 06 after going 8-8 2 years in a row….some would call that a team on the verge of turning the corner…unless you hire a dumb GM that turns chicken salad into chicken schitt of course

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Priesttj12 Says:
    September 30th, 2012 at 4:59 pm
    How many of you who were glad to see Bush gone are havingv second thought?
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    I wasn’t happy to see Bush go at all….however, I am not sure how he would be helping this team right now.

    Goodson is “good enough” for backup duty.

    The issue with the offense is soft-touch o-lineman

  • ohioraider

    Priesttj12 Says:
    September 30th, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Since this regime came in I’ve watched dumb decision after dumb decision and I knew going into the season this was going to be a nightmare. I knew the 2ndary was going to be a major weakness of this defense. I knew the offense was going to suck major azz. And its all coming true. Dumb decision after dumb decision.
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    TerrapinRaider

    I think you and I are the only ones who actually voiced these concerns early on. Everyone else was all over Reggie like he was giving out free money. Like he and the new HC were miracle workers.
    ——————————————
    You may be right, and in that case what we have is complete continuity. Only Al made his dumb decisions out of hubris and stubbornness, while McKenzie is making decisions probably out of desperation.

  • Priesttj12

    Bush may not have helped today but don’t tell me he couldn’t have helped at all this year. And would make a huge difference thoughout the year. The ZBS is fine for Bush has always played well in it. Unlike the other guy.

  • Raiders for life

    101.boss01 Says:
    September 30th, 2012 at 4:28 pm
    The only nfl starter on defense is Wheeler everybody is would not be on an nfl practice squad even

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    Did you look at the stats before you posted that???????????

  • DJ Johnny

    I would take Bresnahans 3-3-4 defense over this embarrassment of a squad.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Nyraider Says:
    September 30th, 2012 at 5:06 pm
    no need for plax, we got streater, criner and hagen..lol

    ===========================================

    As if Plaxico Burress would have made the o-line open holes for DMac, DMac accurately hit the holes that WERE there, toughened up our run defense, given us a pass rush, or made our corners cover anyone.

  • da trinity

    The sad reality is the raiders are gonna tank this season. I’m not in the fire DA or Big Reggie band wagon. This first few games have shown me that the raiders are just going to use this season to see who fits and who doesn’t fit. It’s sad to see a player like Dmc being ineffective due to the scheme we are playing. Like it or not peeps, Knapp might be around next year. I feel he does make some dumb play call like that stupid sweep that Miller blew up but how can you fault him when the oline is getting man handled. I mean dam, Carson is getting killed. No lose this year will surprise me. My hope for season ended in Miami. I’m still gonna watch every game but I can’t see us doing better then 8-8. 6-10 is looking like a reality. And BTW, I want mclain to succeed but man he sucked this game

  • Raider E

    THESE DUDES PLAY LIKE SH*T PERIOD. DONT TELL ME ABOUT COACHES OR WHATEVER….TRUTH….THEY SUCK

  • J Hill

    HUE was gonna get his guys in.. his coaches and get rid of the players that didnt need to be here.

    ————————————————————-

    Isn’t it pretty likely that Hue would have dumped the same players that ended up getting dumped?

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    nyraider Says:
    September 30th, 2012 at 5:05 pm
    anyone miss the man to man D?
    =======================================================
    Do not have the talent to run that.

    C’mon

  • Method To My Madness

    TerrapinRaider Says:
    September 30th, 2012 at 5:04 pm
    Why do you think TerrapinRaider was absentee all offseason? I could see this train wreck coming a mile away. Just awful decisions about a team that was on the cusp …it made no sense to me and the weak spots were too obvious.
    *****************************

    Yep…i feel ya mayne….from DA being hired to Knapp…and draft was especially horrible in that fact you didnt draft a young NT or look for a speed demon at RDE…I wanted to stop the negative posts but real football guys knew we were fked

  • qodrn1

    Ouch.

    Best sports clip of the day: the A’s manager reacting to the Ryder Cup.

    He asked the sports writers how it went; he really thought the writers were kidding when they told him.

    Go Angels:

    Oh yeah: The Raiders:

    Tuesday is tryout day…..

    Interesting our worst third quarters were in Miami (heat, humidity) and Denver (elevation). I do believe that if Condo had not been clocked the Raiders would be 2-2.

  • nyraider

    RaiderDuck Says:
    September 30th, 2012 at 5:08 pm
    Nyraider Says:
    September 30th, 2012 at 5:06 pm
    no need for plax, we got streater, criner and hagen..lol

    ===========================================

    As if Plaxico Burress would have made the o-line open holes for DMac, DMac accurately hit the holes that WERE there, toughened up our run defense, given us a pass rush, or made our corners cover anyone.
    ————————–
    he would have helped on 3rd down and in redzone. we are throwing corner routes to ausberry from the 4 yrd line..lol..yes we have other problems but our Wrs except for dmoore are a joke.

  • Marks hair

    Its a full rebulid.. all that matters is finding franchise passrushers and a qb.. the rest is filler . Fire knapp

  • J Hill

    Hue was going to bring in a DC that would have started Huff at corner from day 1.

    Do I need to look back and see if any of the Huff @ corner bashers are pro Hue???

  • Method To My Madness

    Priesttj12 Says:
    September 30th, 2012 at 5:08 pm
    Bush may not have helped today but don’t tell me he couldn’t have helped at all this year. And would make a huge difference thoughout the year. The ZBS is fine for Bush has always played well in it. Unlike the other guy.
    ****************************8

    ZBS sucks…and so does your boy Farglass…oh yeah where is he at now?

  • DKnight007

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    September 30th, 2012 at 5:07 pm
    Bottom line I dont think the RAiders will ever be good.

    Say what you want but in the last two years two guys were right for this team and knew what it meant to be a RAIDER. HUE JACKSON and JON GRUDEN.

    Deniss Allen is finding out what HUE already knew.. THe defense sucks. HUE was gonna get his guys in.. his coaches and get rid of the players that didnt need to be here. BUT NOOOOOOOOOO Mark thought Hue wanted more power LOL of course he did ? THE DEFENSE SUCKED.

    Now we are 3 years backwards

    ^^^^^^^
    Exactly!

    It’s sad!

    I thought Knapps offense was supposed to move the pocket more with bootlegs and rollouts??

    Knapp couldn’t that his OLine and QB were getting killed…..so why didn’t he move the pocket to buy Palmer more time??

    Knapp is an idiot and DA and Tarver showed their inexperience today. Terrible!

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    J Hill Says:
    September 30th, 2012 at 5:09 pm
    HUE was gonna get his guys in.. his coaches and get rid of the players that didnt need to be here.

    ————————————————————-

    Isn’t it pretty likely that Hue would have dumped the same players that ended up getting dumped?
    ======================================================
    He would have had no choice….just like Reggie. Someone has to go….does anyone remember how much over the cap they were?

    Look, I don’t like the ZBS either. I thought the team should have pulled an up and comer from the Giants staff…..but this is the direction they chose.

    ZBS is here to stay…they don’t have the o-line to pull it off…barely have the o-line to pull of anything…those guys are struggling with pass protection and getting nothing done in the run game

  • Raider E

    Bottom line I dont think the RAiders will ever be good.

    Say what you want but in the last two years two guys were right for this team and knew what it meant to be a RAIDER. HUE JACKSON and JON GRUDEN.

    Deniss Allen is finding out what HUE already knew.. THe defense sucks. HUE was gonna get his guys in.. his coaches and get rid of the players that didnt need to be here. BUT NOOOOOOOOOO Mark thought Hue wanted more power LOL of course he did ? THE DEFENSE SUCKED.

    Now we are 3 years backwards

    ———————–

    SO TRUE….RAIDER ON….

  • TheBay2LA

    Don’t worry guys, Reggie’s going to have ex-packers Al Harris and Ryan Grant in for workouts this week to try and “make the team better”

  • Kirk

    Good news….we will get a first round pick this year and it will be a good one.

  • Method To My Madness

    Ervin Santana you suck…had a 4 run lead now its 6-4….send this bum away!….damn Angels

  • Priesttj12

    You may be right, and in that case what we have is complete continuity. Only Al made his dumb decisions out of hubris and stubbornness, while McKenzie is making decisions probably out of desperation.
    ****************************************************
    Reggie can’t carry Big Al’s jock………..and probably never will. He’s green as grass and doesn’t know the league. Other GM’s don’t respect him. He has no cache no credit and no pull. He’s got a lot to learn and it shows, why in hell would you get a rookie coahc knowing you’re a rookie GM? it smacks of arrogance and based on what???

  • DKnight007

    A’s are awesome and Raiders suck!

    A’s last three games of season are meaningful fellas!

    Coliseum should be sold out the next 3 days.

    A’s are battling for the division baby!

  • nyraider

    why be upset? Reggie is building the best practice squad in the NFL!!

  • omoran

    You can blog this to ALLEN and REGGIE – RAIDERNATION
    Remove Knapp-put Saunder -35pts Offensive line.
    Tarver Defense is better 10-15 pts at half time always.
    Kicking team looks good, and with all the new players and better everything , they will win again!

  • boss01

    We all knew the defense needed a complete makeover from last year…some here blamed Chuck B but now the same Chuck B haters are hate’n on Tarver…

    But what does Reggie do? brings in two injury prone CB’s who are 2nd tier and didn’t even last a week, then he gets rid of the only pass rusher and brings in who? Phillip Wheeler who up until today I was impressed with his all hawking, but he was no pass rusher to begin with.

    He keeps those two bums Seymour and Kelly who are making out like gangbusters cashing those game checks and what else does he do? Nothing, absolutely nothing to address the defense other than Miles Burris…

    What he should have done is get rid of the dead weight overpaid bums like Seymour, Kelly and that BUST of a joke McClain.

    But oh well, he gets paid the big bucks, was recommended by Ron Wolf and John Madden, and won over an incompetent owner, he obviously knows what he is doing

  • AmysInCharge

    Dont fret over that Faider football guys,..the bay area is in good hands,..Niners represent!!! ;)

  • Method To My Madness

    Huff is the softest player ever to be on Raiders…without a doubt…guy is the worse defensive player ever…I’d rather have Anthony Dorsett

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    I mean in the last ten years only 2 coaches were right 4 raiders. Jon Gruden / Hue jack city