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Final: Broncos 37, Raiders 21

A game the Raiders hoped would cause skeptics to take notice instead turned into a showcase for Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos Monday night at Sports Authority Field.

The final score was 37-21, but the game was essentially over after a nearly perfect first half by Manning against a helpless Oakland defense, much to the delight of a crowd of 76,978.

Manning directed the Broncos to a 27-7 halftime lead, completing 21 of 24 passes for 264 yards and touchdown passes of 2 yards to Eric Decker, 12 yards to Wes Welker and 13 yards to Julius Thomas to go along with field goals of 53 and 41 yards by Matt Prater.

In the second half, Prater kicked a 40-yard field goal and running back Darren McFadden took a pitch and threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Marcel Reece on a rollout. The 70-yard scoring drive was set up by Oakland’s first takeaway of the season, a Manning fumble that was recovered by Jason Hunter.

Ronnie Hillman put the Broncos up 37-14 with a 1-yard run with 11:27 left in the game as the Broncos were able to run on the Oakland defense most of the night, making Manning that much tougher.

Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor was the most consistent thing the Raiders had going for them on offense, completing 19 of 28 passes for 281 yards and a 73-yard touchdown pass to Denarius Moore.

Pryor left the game after taking a hit from Wesley Woodyard while throwing a pass on the Raiders final drive, with Matt Flynn coming in to finish the game.

Following a fumble recovered by the Raiders, Flynn completed a pass to Marcel Reece to the 1-yard line, with McFadden scoring on a 1-yared run with 1:15 remaining.

Pryor’s touchdown pass to Moore, who ran 53 yards after the catch after catching a 20-yard pass, got the Raiders within 17-7 in the first However, the Broncos restored order with an 80-yard drive that took only 2:17 and ended in the Manning-to-Thomas touchdown pass.

On the first play of that drive, Manning found Decker for a 61-yard pass, with Mike Jenkins narrowly missing getting a hand on the ball. Decker, who had six catches for 113 yards in the first half, turned upfield after Jenkins hit the ground and ran to the 19-yard line.

The Raiders failed to get a first down until Pryor raced around left end for 23 yards on a keeper after a play-fake to McFadden. Only 47 seconds remained in the half and Denver had taken a 10-0 lead.

McFadden, who has three games of 100 or more yards against the Broncos in his career, found little or no running room, with 7 carries for 9 yards with a long gain of 4 yards.

It was the Raiders’ fourth consecutive loss to the Broncos, who have won their last 14 regular-season games, including wins by three touchdowns or more against the last two Super Bowl champions to start the season.

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  • alex7

    This is what Pryormaniacs defend:

    #27 in yardage, #29 in passing TDs, lifetime 1-3 record.

    Oh, but he MANAGED the Jaguars game (while Wilson lit them up for 4 TDs with no-name WRs).

    Yay?

  • the amazing dr robert

    0ak R8rs Says:
    September 23rd, 2013 at 10:31 pm
    The Amazing Spiderman Says:
    September 23rd, 2013 at 10:28 pm
    ian85 Says:
    September 23rd, 2013 at 10:17 pm
    Alabama is my fav college team and he absoluely lit us up twice john football is a stud
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    Ian. You are an excellent poster and most of your takes are spot on but Alabama? To each his own.

    I appreciated Bear Bryant in his hey day and the way he controlled those boys and kept them in line but I really enjoy watching a school like Brigham Young play ball.

    Good, clean kids with their heads on straight.

    @@@@@@@@@@@

    He’s a Pryor hater that I’ve asked 4 times now to back up his comment about Pryor being the reason we lost this game. He has nothing.

    I know you love that he clearly hates Pryor, just like you and Alex7. But to call him an excellent poster? That’s your sarcasm at its best, Doc.
    *********

    oak–that’s spiderman, not me. both amazing.

  • shutdown

    Receivers are going to get hit, why do you think that they made all the dumb rules that protect the WRs. This is a sport of man on man contact. This is isn’t effing patty cake, saying Pryor is leading receivers into hits is a stupid point.
    _______________________________________

    It’s not a “stupid point” at all. It speaks to the inexperience of this particular qb. The guy to whom he threw was double teamed. That meant someone was open, someone he didn’t see.

    Face it. It’s happening, as Gruden says, “around the league” because qbs are not developed in this NFL. They are drafted and thrown into the fire before they can recognize defenses, before they know what the hell is happening.

    I’ll be the “paper knowledge” of the average rookie or 1-2 year qb in the NFL would shock you. They not only don’t know plays and have to consult wrist bands, sometimes for years, but they don’t know defenses.

    I’d love for the NFL to use pro leagues, not the colleges to develop their talent. Too often the college game simply doesn’t prepare players, particularly qbs, for the pro game. Of course, the NFL doesn’t want to spend the money, but it would make for a much more competitive league and thus a sport more interesting for all fan bases.

  • r8ter4evr

    Ya we were supposed to beat Denver on MNF we let all the haters down who would have thought any real fan knows this train wreck of a team is trying to build a franchise without the funds the stadium and a city truly behind them It aint gonna happen in one year after all the turmoil and poor decisions from within the orginization

  • 0ak r8rs

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    September 23rd, 2013 at 10:27 pm
    even tirico questions the pryor plan, if he was the qb why not work on him in the offseason…why? cuz DA is a dvmbasz

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    That’s not what he said at all. And since when does Tiricos opinion carry any weight anyway? He was parroting Gruden, who said we got caught up splitting time between Flynn who we thought was gonna b the starter, and Pryor who eventually won the job. It was not an indictment on DA. Not in any way.

    Way to try and twist tho. Shocking coming from a Cowboys fan w an agenda.

  • EMRaiders

    No one is saying Pryor had a perfect game. But he did his job and played well. Could he have done more, absolutely. But so could have the entire team. You are saying he didn’t do anything of value, and it was his fault we lost. That is not true. That is just twisting the facts to fit your point.

    Give credit where credit is due man.

  • the notorious dr robert

    with spiderman i here, it’s necessary for me to come out with a new descriptor.

  • Crawfish Joe

    Dr Rob and Alex7 tag team are not going to convince anyone to give up hope on Pryor. There will be no victory in your venom. Get on board or go wax on, wax off.

    The early bird may catch the worm, but pity the early worm. :x

  • EMRaiders

    Your point being that you for some reason, don’t like Pryor and won’t even give him a chance, or see his potential.

    But if Flynn starts this sunday, we can compare notes after the game.

  • 0ak r8rs

    The Amazing Dr Robert Says:
    September 23rd, 2013 at 10:33 pm
    0ak R8rs Says:
    September 23rd, 2013 at 10:31 pm
    The Amazing Spiderman Says:
    September 23rd, 2013 at 10:28 pm
    ian85 Says:
    September 23rd, 2013 at 10:17 pm
    Alabama is my fav college team and he absoluely lit us up twice john football is a stud
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    Ian. You are an excellent poster and most of your takes are spot on but Alabama? To each his own.

    I appreciated Bear Bryant in his hey day and the way he controlled those boys and kept them in line but I really enjoy watching a school like Brigham Young play ball.

    Good, clean kids with their heads on straight.

    @@@@@@@@@@@

    He’s a Pryor hater that I’ve asked 4 times now to back up his comment about Pryor being the reason we lost this game. He has nothing.

    I know you love that he clearly hates Pryor, just like you and Alex7. But to call him an excellent poster? That’s your sarcasm at its best, Doc.
    *********

    oak–that’s spiderman, not me. both amazing.

    @@@@@@@@

    Oh. Sorry. You, Ian, alex7 and…..Spider-Man.

  • alex7

    R8ter

    are you ignorant or annoying? We WEREN’T supposed to beat Denver.

    We WERE supposed to have a QB that could put up more than 7 points in 44 minutes vs the #20 defense.

    But we don’t.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    roach…again missed tackle. hayden pushed back 15 yards as thomas came back for the ball
    oh and very next play roach another missed tackle

  • Demon Raider

    Crawfish Joe Says:
    September 23rd, 2013 at 10:30 pm
    pryor will NEVER be good.

    the passing ability required to be good doesn’t exist in him.

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

    He looked good tonight. Quick 7 step drop. hung in the pocket, fired with accuracy, had a lot of good passes dropped. He’ll only get better with each game, like he already has. Pryor will be fine. Not to worry.

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

    He was pretty decent. But I still saw too many bad throws and poor decisions to say he was good. Throw at reece’s feet, at least 4 passes he threw were too short of converting on third down. one third down pass that was too short was on 3rd and goal no less. I know he had a couple passes dropped and the refs screwed us out of a first down early in the game on a phantom offensive pass interference penalty.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Pryor got concussed pretty good. Couldn’t remember the plays. Looks like Flynn gets the next start.

  • the notorious dr robert

    i’m not getting on board with “suck”.

    i want excellence.

    the losses mount and the idiots nod in approval.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    oh wait he made a tackle!

  • alex7

    lol EM

    I think you’re a serious poster, so I’ll ask.

    Pryor did his job???????????????

    What was his job? 7 points in 44 minutes vs the #20 defense? Is his job to not royally screw up? That’s sad as true rookies like Geno Smith and EJ Manuel pass him by.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Al_is_theraiders.

    So, is there anything about this team’s roster, coaching staff, management, or ownership that you DO like, Al?

  • Demon Raider

    Pryor did a good job of stopping that LBer with his face… lol

  • the notorious dr robert

    Seymour Bush Says:
    September 23rd, 2013 at 10:36 pm
    Pryor got concussed pretty good. Couldn’t remember the plays. Looks like Flynn gets the next start.
    *********

    that hit was a helmet to the jaw area.

    that’s a knockout blow type of hit.

    wouldn’t surprise me to see him sit the next one out, but he was up and walking so we will see.

    i would LOVE for flynn to get a chance to win and keep winning. the sked is winnable.

    tonight would likely be a loss no matter what but we could have won the indy game.

    we can’t lose to an 0-3 team at home next week.

  • 0ak r8rs

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    September 23rd, 2013 at 10:38 pm
    Al_is_theraiders.

    So, is there anything about this team’s roster, coaching staff, management, or ownership that you DO like, Al?

    @@@@@@@@@

    Al Davis. Oh, wait…….

  • The Amazing Spiderman

    547, Alex.

    Ahhh yes. Those were some great programs. Coach Cutcliffe at Duke would do well to fashion his program in the style of Coach K on the basketball side of things. ESPECIALLY in their recruiting.

  • alex7

    lol

    Flynn 1 TD, 1 minute
    Pryor 1 TD, 44 minutes

    Both were playing vs a blowout D most of the game.

  • the notorious dr robert

    Demon Raider Says:
    September 23rd, 2013 at 10:38 pm
    Pryor did a good job of stopping that LBer with his face… lol
    *********

    a designed run inside of the ten yard line says a lot.

    and wham!

    he actually got hit hard a few times tonite.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    i like woodson, ausberry, pryor, butler, houston, branch dmc, reece sure there is….

  • 0ak r8rs

    Seymour Bush Says:
    September 23rd, 2013 at 10:36 pm
    Pryor got concussed pretty good. Couldn’t remember the plays. Looks like Flynn gets the next start.

    @@@@@@@@@

    I hope Pryor isn’t hurt and doesn’t miss a start. But if so, I welcome a start from Flynn. Lets see what he has over 60 minutes. Pryor has gotten better every game he’s played. Maybe Flynn can do the same? Doubt it, but maybe.

  • jonathaanv_

    Demon Raider Says:
    September 23rd, 2013 at 10:38 pm
    Pryor did a good job of stopping that LBer with his face… lol

    $$$$$$

    Not funny at all, I doubt you know what it’s like to take a hit in football especially to the head. If you think an injury in football is funny, you have problems. Especially when you make a joke about the qb on the team who’s blog your on

  • r8ter4evr

    Alex ive been a fan for 40 plus years and i see a QB with little talent around him making plays and improving every game to call him a 3 year player shows me your intelligence since his playing time amounts to 4 real games from what i have seen his is a playmaker who has a huge upside

  • the notorious dr robert

    flynn came in cold and delivered.

    no one can say differently.

  • 0ak r8rs

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    September 23rd, 2013 at 10:40 pm
    i like woodson, ausberry, pryor, butler, houston, branch dmc, reece sure there is….

    @@@@@@@@

    All guys drafted by who? Except for Butler, that you know noting about and just threw in there.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    but 90% of shreks players couldnt make it in the mountain west…

  • Crawfish Joe

    T.O.P. sucked

    Penalties sucked

    Refs sucked

    Play calling sucked

    Haters sucked

    :mrgreen: Crawfish Joe flushed the negatives and brings home the positives

    Pryor improving with every game

    O-line slowly getting less leaky

    DMoore proved some doubters a bit

    Reece needs to be un leashed

  • Try Some Reality

    Demon Raider Says:
    September 23rd, 2013 at 10:38 pm
    Pryor did a good job of stopping that LBer with his face… lol

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

    Just what kind of POS laughs at our QB getting concussed? You are a certified grade A piece of dog sh1t.

  • alex7

    Is it a stretch to wonder if Pryor’s 7 on the Wonderlic correlates to his inability to see open receivers vs somewhat complex NFL defenses?

    Why he keeps struggling with play-calls on time?

    Why, as Gruden said, he doesn’t see blitzes coming and adjust to them?

  • Al_is_theraiders

    yeah now nothing about butler…i know he is tall and fast, can threaten the secondary….rivera is pretty good but we already had ausberry…so why get three new tes?

  • 0ak r8rs

    R8ter4evr Says:
    September 23rd, 2013 at 10:40 pm
    Alex ive been a fan for 40 plus years and i see a QB with little talent around him making plays and improving every game to call him a 3 year player shows me your intelligence since his playing time amounts to 4 real games from what i have seen his is a playmaker who has a huge upside

    @@@@@@@@

    It’s not worth it. He hates Pryor. As much as Al_is hates the Raiders. Have fun battling if you like, as I do w the Cowboy fan. But don’t think you’re ever gonna change his mind. Just not gonna happen.

  • Crawfish Joe

    the notorious dr robert Says:
    September 23rd, 2013 at 10:41 pm
    flynn came in cold and delivered.

    no one can say differently.

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

    Delivered? What. Pizza?

    He is a serviceable back up and did what any serviceable back up making 6.5 mil would do.

  • jonathaanv_

    If anyone here ever played football in high school or ever in their life, it’s not a good feeling to be hit in the head by another person. Concussions are very serious, it could lead to brain damage and can kill someone if knocked out long enough or cause a coma. Not something to laugh about.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    crawfish…dif you see the game? oline was horrible!

  • the notorious dr robert

    i’ve been telling u for a year that dmc sucked and a few nice runs last week meant nothing.

    i’ve been telling u pryor can not lead sustained consistent drives.

    i’ve been telling u moore is a good wr and just needs the ball delivered on time in stride.

    the doctor knows. u should listen.

  • ian85

    Oak Pryor isnt all to blame i get that but the kid sucks at passing its not hard to see its fcking blatantly obvious and i watched him at OSU thought he sucked there to im just not impressed with his passing abilities i dont think he will ever be a great passer just my two cents im hoping we draft Murray or Manziel next year

  • alex7

    Try Some

    I think it’s the same kind that laughed at Flynn getting tendinitis and “losing” his job when Pryor went 3-8 with 0 TDs and 1 INT vs Seattle.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNoi_wwzbtQ Zymurge

    Seymour Bush Says:
    September 23rd, 2013 at 10:36 pm
    Pryor got concussed pretty good. Couldn’t remember the plays. Looks like Flynn gets the next start.

    ===

    So his playbook went from 7 plays to 5?

    Seriously, all this blaming of Olson for calling a bad game. B!chin about how they keep running Dmac up the middle … this is on the QB. Just watch Manning on the other side to see the difference.

    It’s what I’ve been saying all along about how a complete QB beats you with his head before he snaps the ball. It’s reading the D, checking off to a better run option or reading the stacked box and calling to a bubble screen or other quick hitter. It’s about having a QB that can learn a deep playbook and have a huge set of options to choose from.

    Pryor can’t do that mental part of the game at the NFL level. We will continue to see what you guys think are “vanilla” offenses because there is a limited set of plays. You’re going to keep seeing hapless runs because he’s not making the reads and checking to a better option.

    But I will say that his passing looks better when he has time in the pocket. Needs to stop telegraphing his throws though because the DBs are sure teeing off on the poor saps that have to catch those balls. He’s giving them running head starts at his targets.

  • EMRaiders

    Yes Alex. That was his job. To not turn the ball over, and do as much as he could to keep us in the game. But this is not a one person team. It helps to have people around you who can also do their jobs, and help you win games. But I guess we can overlook all the other faults of the team and just simply blame one person for all the mistakes on O and D.

    Again, we will compare notes next week if Flynn ends up playing.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    oak pats…dont they have brady dolls for you to play with?

  • the notorious dr robert

    Crawfish Joe Says:
    September 23rd, 2013 at 10:44 pm
    the notorious dr robert Says:
    September 23rd, 2013 at 10:41 pm
    flynn came in cold and delivered.

    no one can say differently.

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

    Delivered? What. Pizza?

    He is a serviceable back up and did what any serviceable back up making 6.5 mil would do.
    **********

    he delivered a quick strike in stride for 19 yards to the 1.

    cold off the bench.

    he’s ten times as good as pryor.

  • 0ak r8rs

    Try Some Reality Says:
    September 23rd, 2013 at 10:42 pm
    Demon Raider Says:
    September 23rd, 2013 at 10:38 pm
    Pryor did a good job of stopping that LBer with his face… lol

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

    Just what kind of POS laughs at our QB getting concussed? You are a certified grade A piece of dog sh1t.

    @@@@@@@

    Ditto. He just has strong opinions, right or wron, before that. Now he’s been exposed as a Raider hating troll.

    Perhaps an Al_is cross poster? No, I give too much credit.

  • jonathaanv_

    Ian85 Says:
    September 23rd, 2013 at 10:45 pm
    Oak Pryor isnt all to blame i get that but the kid sucks at passing its not hard to see its fcking blatantly obvious and i watched him at OSU thought he sucked there to im just not impressed with his passing abilities i dont think he will ever be a great passer just my two cents im hoping we draft Murray or Manziel next year

    $$$$$$$$

    Still waiting on your response on why manziel is the second comming of Jesus Christ himself. Still waiting…….

  • Try Some Reality

    Alex7 Says:
    September 23rd, 2013 at 10:45 pm
    Try Some

    I think it’s the same kind that laughed at Flynn getting tendinitis and “losing” his job when Pryor went 3-8 with 0 TDs and 1 INT vs Seattle.

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

    Nice try but you fell flat on your face trying to compare that to someone that “lol”s at one of our players getting concussed.

    Sickening.

  • alex7

    R8ter

    what “plays” is Pryor making?

    Because we’re bottom 10 in passing TDs and points per game. And we played the Jaguars AND a Broncos depleted defense ranked in the bottom third of the league.

    So why can’t Pryor break 20 points in a game if he’s such a play-maker?