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Raiders find out how far they have to go

Raiders write-thru, my version . . . with notes at end

The Raiders took a big step up in class Monday night and found out how far they have to go to be a contender in the AFC West.

After Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos shredded the Raiders 37-21 at Sports Authority Field before 76,978 fans, one of the few things they could take solace in was an encouraging performance from quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

Except Pryor suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter, didn’t finish the game, and his status is up in the air when the Raiders host the Washington Redskins Sunday after a short week of practice.

Raiders coach Dennis Allen, who said more will be known about Pryor when the club gets back to the facility, saw his team outclassed in all three phases against a 3-0 Broncos team that has won 14 consecutive regular-season games and beaten Oakland the last four times they’ve played.

Beating the Broncos means keeping Manning under control, and in that area, the Raiders failed in falling to 1-2.

Manning was 32 of 37 for 374 yards and touchdown passes of 2 yards to Eric Decker, 12 yards to Wes Welker and 13 yards to Julius Thomas, all of them coming in the first half. The Broncos also rushed for 164 yards on 35 carries as Denver rolled up 536 yards of offense and 31 first downs.

Matt Prater kicked field goals of 53, 41 and 40 yards and Ronnie Hillman scored on a 1-yard run for Denver.

In the first half, Manning was nearly perfect, completing 21 of 24 passes for 264 yards in staking Denver to a 27-7 lead.

“When you fall behind against a team like that, it’s tough to come back,’’ Allen said. “We just didn’t play well tonight.’’

In the second half, the Raiders managed two touchdowns, with McFadden completing a 16-yard pass to Marcel Reece and sweeping in from the 1 on another score when he was looking to throw.

Pryor established career highs with 19 completions in 28 attempts for 281 yards, with a 73-yard touchdown pass to Denarius Moore accounting for the Raiders only score in the first half.

The Raiders also got their first two takeaways of the season on a pair of fumble recoveries, but were never really in the game.

The Raiders dialed back some of the blitzing tactics that gave them nine sacks in the first two games, in part because Manning is so adept at picking them up. A win over the Jacksonville Jaguars and Chad Henne in Week 2 did little to prepare for the Raiders for what they saw against Denver.

“You know playing the Broncos you don’t have any room for error,’’ free safety Charles Woodson said. “Playing Jacksonville, you have some room for some things and you can make up for it, but with (Manning), you can’t. He’s going to find whatever weakness you have out there.’’

Said Manning, whose 12 touchdown passes in his first three games are an NFL record: “I think guys are doing a good job getting open on time. I think guys have good clock in their heads when to come out of break versus different coverages. Protection has been good, so it gives you a chance to see the field and throw accurate balls.’’

Coming in as the top-ranked running team in the NFL, the Raiders managed just 49 yards on 17 carries and 23 of those came on a Pryor run around left end. McFadden had 9 yards on 12 carries.

“They came in as the leading rushing team in the NFL and our group was the No. 1 rushing defense,’’ Broncos coach John Fox said. “I thought we answered the bell versus the run this time out.’’

FLYNN SAYS HE’S READY IF NEEDED
Matt Flynn made his Raiders debut Monday night in a scenario he never could have envisioned in mid-August.

After starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor was knocked out of the game with a concussion, Flynn emerged from the bench following a Raiders fumble recovery and completed a 19-yard pass to Marcel Reece to the 1-yard line.

The play helped the Raiders get in the end zone one last time in a 37-21 loss to the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field.

“You’ve got to be ready at any time,’’ Flynn said. “Obviously the game didn’t go the way we wanted to. But I got in there, we had good field position and I was able to get it in so we were fortunate in that aspect.’’

Flynn said it wasn’t “the time or place’’ to discuss his demotion from the starting job he held through training camp, but he promised to be ready if the Raiders need him to start Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

Pryor must go through the NFL concussion protocol and be cleared to play.

“I’m always going to be ready,’’ Flynn said. “That’s one thing this team will never have to worry about is me being ready.’’

– Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson believes it would be unfortunate if Pryor were to miss a game at this stage of his development.

“It’d be a big blow. It’s a guy that’s getting his chance, and I think with each week he’s getting a little bit more comfortable,” Woodson said. “He did some good things tonight. So it’d be a tough blow especially for him and his development as a player if he’s not able to bounce back and come back next week. We’ll just see how that pans out.”

– More Woodson . . . the key to dealing with Manning is getting his uniform dirty. The Raiders sacked him only once.

“You’ve got to get to 18. If you don’t get to 18, you know you’re going to have a long night,” Woodson said. “That’s the focal point when you play the Denver Broncos. Got to get to him. Offensively you’ve got to sustain drives to try to keep the ball out of his hands, and if you don’t do that, nights like tonight happen.”

Woodson is now 3-2 in games vs. Manning in his career. He said he was playing on the outside and that Wes Welker simply made a good move to score against him on a 12-yard touchdown pass.

– A 73-yard touchdown catch by Denarius Moore was the second-longest of his career and the 14th since joining the Raiders in 2011. Moore caught a 20-yard pass from Pryor, bounced off two tacklers and raced the remaining 53 yards for the score.

“It was just (Pryor) waiting on me to get open and being able to catch the ball and make a play when the opportunity was given to me,’’ Moore said.

– Raiders running back Darren McFadden found Marcel Reece for a 16-yard touchdown, the first scoring pass of his career.

“It was a halfback pass and we were able to catch them in the right defense and get it off,’’ McFadden said. “I feel like I have a pretty good arm.’’

– Lineabacker Sio Moore was inactive, having not sufficiently recovered from a concussion to face the Broncos. Moore was hurt in an auto accident Saturday.

The Raiders opened in a nickel defense against Denver, with D.J. Hayden starting along with Tracy Porter and Mike Jenkins.

– Porter left the game with a concussion and like Pryor must be cleared t play after going through the NFL concussion protocol this week.

– Tight end David Ausberry, a three-year veteran who has been listed as the first-team tight end since training camp began, was placed on injured reserve, ending his season without playing in a game.

The Raiders promoted guard Lamar Mady from the practice squad to the 53-man roster and he was active against the Broncos. Nix has been hobbled by an ankle injury, with Andre Gurode starting Monday night at left guard.

Mady was active over Antoine McClain even though McClain has been with the 53-man roster since the start of the season and Mady was promoted Monday.

Jeron Mastrud continued in his role as the Raiders starting tight end, although it’s been more of a two-man effort with rookie sixth-round draft pick Mychal Rivera playing on passing downs.

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  • The_Judge37

    Again the problems from last night:

    Coaches were not prepared.

    Oline was dominated
    Dline was dominated

    Corners couldn’t play Man2Man
    Tarver couldn’t disguise a Mr. Potatoe Head

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    “666 says that Pryor won’t be a winning QB in this league”

    Again with the lies!

    I never said that I said that I said we would be drafting a QB in April.

    Are you that insecure that you need to lie here?

    Are you that desperate for a chat fight?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Bluegrass,

    Save the shock and awe for your pee-wee team, I am pretty sure Flynn can beat the Washington Redskins on Sunday, and just may get the chance to do so.

    You don’t want to root for it, fine, that’s on you.

    I root for laundry, I don’t care about the players.

  • http://raiderettes.com MR..realest of the real, stickiest of the icky

    666,

    I asked you to name one QB in the league that would have come out of Denver with a win last night, since you’re holding Pryor to the loss. Still waiting for an answer.

  • DutchRaider77

    @RaiderDebo

    Yeah, Manning has a talented roster…but he also works his @$$ off to be on the same page as his receivers. You heard the announcers last night, Manning takes EVERY snap in practice. He demands perfection.

    GOD I HATE THAT PEYTON MANNING!

  • shutdown

    Pryor’s two worse throws were the deep ball down the sideline to Moore (4 yards OOB and underthrown) and the wobbler that Streater had to wait for over the middle.

    Pryor kind of flicks the ball, so he has a fairly quick release and can be every effective in tight.

    You can’t “flick” the ball down the field, it wobbles and floats.

    He can’t throw deep.
    _________________________________________

    HIs arc is all wrong–toe is up too much.

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    “MR..Realest Of The Real, Stickiest Of The Icky”

    Said that Flynn was the greatest QB in the world and you guys are stupid if you don’t agree!

  • xXRaider2DaHeartXx

    Greg Papa interview with Gruden: chucky still gots love for the Silver&Black

    http://www.957thegame.com/topic/play_window.php?audioType=Episode&audioId=6535248

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    “MR..Realest Of The Real, Stickiest Of The Icky”

    Said that Al Davis was the greatest GM ever the last 10 years and if you don’t believe him you are not real fans and should kill yourself!

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    “MR..Realest Of The Real, Stickiest Of The Icky”

    Says we should Bomb Syria!!!!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    It was a total package deal between the Donkeys, the NFL, Papa John’s and Manning.

    He could have went other places that aren’t cold, where he has failed miserably his whole career, that provide just as much chance to win a SB.

    He made a move with his post-career game in mind.

    Ask anybody in Denver, they will tell you.

  • http://raiderettes.com MR..realest of the real, stickiest of the icky

    666,

    I asked you what your basis was to say that Pryor can’t win in this league. You said “the final score, DOH”.

    So, tell me, which QBs in the league go into Denver and win last night?

    At first I asked you to list them, assuming you may have more than 1 in mind, and you never answered. So I decided I’d make it easier on you and just ask you to name ONE. Just ONE. You still haven’t.

  • oakfasho

    I remember Gannon couldnt throw deep worth a sht. I also remember him getting better at it.

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    “MR..Realest Of The Real, Stickiest Of The Icky”

    says I would shoot children in a school if I had a gun.

  • canadianraider

    i will root for whomever our starting qb is..i think its only right as raider fans that we all do the same..im happy about the progress pryor is having..i didnt expect that…disapointed flynn isnt panning out so far..BUT.. the people who complain about flynns first two throws..did u not see pryors first series?…those throws were even worse…no need to be hypocrites when we are talking about the team we root for and love…go raiders..always

  • http://raiderettes.com MR..realest of the real, stickiest of the icky

    666,

    Why are you making this personal? Just answer the question. Which QB in the league goes into Denver and wins last night, since you’re holding Pryor to the loss?

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    “MR..Realest Of The Real, Stickiest Of The Icky”

    I am the greatest BLOG member Jerry even gave me a t-shirt.

  • Gdog

    The PFF metrics are out from last nights game, and wow, what a disaster for our defense. The player of the game would be Burnett with a pedestrian +.7 Yikes. Houston was second at .2

    There were a whopping 7 players in the red, and the lowest was Roach at -4.7 followed by Hayden with -4.0.

    Not exactly a testament to Reggie here.

    Now offense… and this will make little-boy Alex pound his widdle fists on the ground until they are bloody.

    The player of the game was hands down PRYOR! An outstanding +4.0 followed by Pashos at 2.6 and Moore at 2.1.

    The reds were Gyrode, McF, and Barnes.

    The offense overall was +2.6, the defense was a ridiculously embarrassing -23.7.

    DA and Tarver need some blame for not having the defense coached up and ready to play… regardless of Manning.

  • inonewordraider

    healthy Watson&Veldheer+#1WR+10plus sack producer=contender

    our schedule is still weak enough where we can make some noise

    Denver is the only team that’s blowing us out

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    “MR..Realest Of The Real, Stickiest Of The Icky”

    Says I love Manning I want his sack in my face.

  • oakfasho

    Mad respect for Pryor,ballsy and hard working sumbich.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Gannon never got very good at it though.

    I would compare Pryor very much to Gannon.

    Dink and dunker.

    And I loved Gannon, and would love if we would put Pyror in a Gannon type offense and leave the circus act to Barnum and Bailey’s.

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    “MR..Realest Of The Real, Stickiest Of The Icky”

    said that John Fox was his hero!

  • The_Judge37

    713.oakfasho Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 10:10 am
    I remember Gannon couldnt throw deep worth a sht. I also remember him getting better at it.
    ——

    He couldn’t air it out, but he could throw the seam.

  • http://raiderettes.com MR..realest of the real, stickiest of the icky

    Everyone can scroll up and read for themselves that I have not personally insulted 666, and I’m not going to. I’m keeping this on topic. Just want him to name one single QB that would have gone into Denver and won last night, since he’s holding Pryor to the loss.

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    “MR..Realest Of The Real, Stickiest Of The Icky”

    Said that he wanted to give Harbaugh a reach around!

  • RaiderDebo

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 10:05 am
    Let’s see, in a matter of about 2 months, Peyton signed with Denver, Papa Johns (based in Denver) signed a contract with the NFL being the official pizza of the NFL and Super Bowl, and then he gets a sweetheart deal on 21 franchises in the Denver area.

    Co-inky-dink…….I think not!!!!

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Yeah, so? Papa John’s may be based in Denver but it’s a national chain. Signing in Cleveland wouldn’t preclude him from getting a sweetheart deal on franchises in Denver, or anywhere else for that matter. He signed with Denver because it gave him his best chance at success. S.F. may have been an option as well, but he chose D over Cleveland, Tenn and Arizona for a reason.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Flynn’s first throw and Pryor’s first throw were the two worst throws of the game.

    It’s called finding a rhythm.

    Pryor got better, I am sure Flynn would have as well.

  • inonewordraider

    The player of the game was hands down PRYOR! An outstanding +4.0 followed by Pashos at 2.6 and Moore at 2.1.

    ______
    I’ve been saying how great pff is all along!

  • CDERaider

    Hayden has looked below average in every game so far. He’s much smaller and alot slower than he looked in college and is getting biatched smacked by every receiver he’s faced.

    This kid is *not elite* by any stretch and looks like (another) bad pick by Reggie.

    We need beef up front on both sides of the ball and with #3 pick in the draft we have nothing to show for it – we passed up so many great players for this below average CB and an injury prone raw RT who can’t even get on the field.

    Fail.

  • http://raiderettes.com MR..realest of the real, stickiest of the icky

    Alright, 666. I give up. It’s all personal with you now. So this will be my last comment to you on this topic. Name one QB that would have won in Denver last night, since you’re holding Pryor to the loss. I’m done.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Gdog Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    The PFF metrics are out from last nights game, and wow, what a disaster for our defense. The player of the game would be Burnett with a pedestrian +.7 Yikes. Houston was second at .2

    There were a whopping 7 players in the red, and the lowest was Roach at -4.7 followed by Hayden with -4.0.

    Not exactly a testament to Reggie here.

    Now offense… and this will make little-boy Alex pound his widdle fists on the ground until they are bloody.

    The player of the game was hands down PRYOR! An outstanding +4.0 followed by Pashos at 2.6 and Moore at 2.1.

    The reds were Gyrode, McF, and Barnes.

    The offense overall was +2.6, the defense was a ridiculously embarrassing -23.7.

    DA and Tarver need some blame for not having the defense coached up and ready to play… regardless of Manning.

    FIRE REGGIE NOW.

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    “Everyone can scroll up and read for themselves”

    That I said we will be drafting a QB in April and you somehow twisted that to mean what QB’s can beat Manning?

    Anyone ca scroll up and see that your a liar who is trying desperately to start a chat fight…….its called TROLLING!!

  • Gdog

    I still can’t believe Pryor didn’t get rid of the ball before half so Seabass could attempt to break the record.

    Either he has mush for brains and didn’t know he might be able to kick it that far at altitude, or well… that was just STUPID.

    He had a decent game otherwise though.

  • http://www.christianitydisproved.com/ Silverandblack666

    How does “we will be drafting a QB in April” equate to “name a QB that can beat Manning in Denver”

    Your just a lying troll trying to start a chat fight!

    Get off my sack little man its getting old

  • http://raiderettes.com MR..realest of the real, stickiest of the icky

    Oakfasho,

    Pryor is getting better, too.

    Look at his numbers last night against a team that just about any QB in the league would have lost to. Possibly EVERY QB in the league.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Signing in Cleveland would have DEFINITELY prevented him from getting a sweetheart deal on 21 Denver based chains.

    Peyton is 0-4 in his career in the postseason with the temperature is under 40 degrees. He is awful in cold-weather.

    Denver doesn’t give him the best chance to win. It gives him the best chance to break regular season records and make more money post-career than in career.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    exactly no one here is saying sh!t about how bad roach played…no one. They dont want to believe how he was manhandled all game….

  • Just Fire Baby

    So our RT was graded out as our 2nd best player yesterday?

    Hmmmmm………..

  • http://raiderettes.com MR..realest of the real, stickiest of the icky

    I’ll up the ante, and this is for everyone.

    List the QBs that put up better numbers than Pryor did last night. Mind you, in Denver on Monday night.

    Here they are.

    19/28 281 yards, 1 TD, 0 interceptions, 112.4 rating.

    I’ll bet there’s only a few.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I agree that Hayden looks small out on the field.

  • ggraider

    “Moore was running an in route. Pryor was looking down field at I think Streater in his drop and then locked onto Moore. It wasn’t a full telegraph, but it was enough to get the safety moving for a big hit before he threw. The ball was neither zipped nor floated but he didn’t lead Moore at all.”

    Uh, the route was long completed by the time Pryor got that throw off. It was a total improvisation. There’s no timing involved so that there is an opportunity to lead the receiver. The fact is that Pryor improves as a passer every week and given the poor o-line, he is the only reason the Raiders are not 0-3.

  • The_Judge37

    738.Al_is_theraiders Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 10:17 am
    exactly no one here is saying sh!t about how bad roach played…no one. They dont want to believe how he was manhandled all game….
    ——-

    It’s because most in here feel as if it was a pleasure to get roasted by Peyton Manning.

    Instead of criticizing every single Pryor attempt, let’s bring up the defense in where their should be no excuse for allowing a QB to throw 32/38, 333yds 3TD’s and their running game to go over 120yds.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    roach sucked bad

    roach missed tackles

    roach wasnt in the game

    raoch was schooled by knowshon moreno….,

  • Bluegrass Raider

    The entire Denver defensive gameplan for last night was predicated on staying in their rushing lanes and keeping Pryor in the pocket. This was drilled into their heads all week long.

    When Flynn came in they could not and did not abandon this gameplan which is the only reason why he was able to complete a single pass. If you give any reasonable NFL defense a week to prepare for Flynn he will be eating soup through a straw for the next 6 months. This is not entirely his fault obviously as our O-line is subpar, but it is true nonetheless.

  • Gdog

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    exactly no one here is saying sh!t about how bad roach played…no one. They dont want to believe how he was manhandled all game….

    >>>>

    Thats the problem with having ONLY backup players as starters… sometimes they play like backup players.

    But maybe Reggie will reach deep down into the piggy bank next year and hire a few blue chip starters on defense.

    I am not holding my breath.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Reggie’s best draft pick has been who???

  • Al_is_theraiders

    its on film watch it…qb is the least of our problems

  • theghostronin79

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 9:38 am
    Pryor is getting better, how you could say otherwise is beyond me.

    He is still hands down the worst QB in the division, and not even close.

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

    OK, in the “Division” is ONE thing…..

    But in the entire History of the NFL?…..That’s just stupid talk….

    Not saying YOU said that….But I’ve heard that here on this blog many times.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    What has Reggie done right???