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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 Florida Pete

    Pryor looked really good last night…

    no doubt he is getting better and better…

    it’s his team now…

    he reminds me of Elway in his younger years…

    i’m thinking he can be really really good…

    now all we need is a coupla running backs, a few linemen, a tight end or two, some people who can actually catch after they run their route…

    oh, and a defense…

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

    I’d have to say QB isn’t a problem at all.

    19/28 281 yards, 1 TD, O interceptions, 112.4 rating IN DENVER, against probably the best team in the league, on MONDAY NIGHT?

    Really, I don’t see the QB position as a glaring question mark right now.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Manning 14-16 151 yards, no sacks, 2 TD’s 145.6 rating when blitzed last night.

    Almost half his pass attempts.

    per PFF

  • xXRaider2DaHeartXx

    Terrelle Pryor @Terrelle Pryor

    I’m Ready to go..

  • inonewordraider

    Watson Nix Wiz Barnes Pashos gonna be much better than what we have now

  • The_Judge37

    750.Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 10:23 am
    What has Reggie done right???
    —–

    He saved Mark Davis a ton of money by switching to Geico

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

    This is a BLOG its for voicing opinions.

    Its fun to debate opinions.

    When a person starts trolling and taking words out of context or twisting those words it becomes trolling and then the blog sucks and people start leaving.

    Then the troll feels a sense of accomplishment.

    This is the sad but ugly cycle we see in here daily

  • Gdog

    Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 10:22 am

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

    >>>

    I guess Streater.

    Or was he undrafted?

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    All of Corky’s fluff pieces won’t help Reggie after the Raiders lose to the win less Skins.

    FIRE REGGIE NOW.

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

    “Really, I don’t see the QB position as a glaring question mark right now.”

    Your saying that Pryor is the best QB in the league!

    Prove it right now show some stats that prove your point!!

    DO IT NOW!!!!!

    See how stupid you look?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Manning credited with the quickest release time over the game, per PFF and then Dubow’s twitter.

    YOu can literally have all his plays where his O-line just falls down at the snap, and they would still probably score 17 points a game.

  • RaidingTexas

    Silverandblack666 Says:

    Is it that difficult my god!

    ————————————–

    You have a god now, 666? Did we lose you from team atheist?

  • inonewordraider

    MR..realest of the real, stickiest of the icky Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 10:24 am
    I’d have to say QB isn’t a problem at all.

    19/28 281 yards, 1 TD, O interceptions, 112.4 rating IN DENVER, against probably the best team in the league, on MONDAY NIGHT?

    Really, I don’t see the QB position as a glaring question mark right now.

    _______
    it’s obvious to raider fans that don’t have an agenda

    there’s some that thought Flynn was the better option and are on board with pryor after seeing his progression

    but then there’s the one’s that are more concerned with being right on a raider blog than supporting the team, they want to sound smarter or something, weird

  • The Florida Pete

    if you’re gonna say someone has a “best draft pick”…

    shouldn’t that draft pick be good???

    oh… and if that fool actually resigns McTiptoe… then I will use that as “exhibit A”… proof that McKenzie is a clown…

  • Whoknows

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 10:22 am
    its on film watch it…qb is the least of our problems
    ********************
    With an oline that can’t block, a running game that goes no where and a D that gets carved up like a turkey in a refugee camp these guys want to talk about Pryor. SMH

  • Just Fire Baby

    Rivera is the best draft pick, and he will be a Pro Bowler.

  • willy91137

    if prior is the best quarterback in the league and than Jacksonville Jaguars are a Super Bowl team

    he has no point he is talking out his anus

  • Just Fire Baby

    McFadden with worst YPC in a game with 10+ carries for a Raider RB in 35 years.

    But I am sure, over the 35 years and what 550+ games over that time, last night was the worst blocking ever.

    RB’s break tackles. That is, RB’s not named Darren McFAdden.

    You see that dude Hillman, have a crowded backfield on 3rd and 1, lowers his head and drags a defender for 3 yeards and gets the first.

    Lots of broken tackles by Moreno all game.

    McFadden looks for contact, to slide off it and hit the ground softly.

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

    “You have a god now, 666? Did we lose you from team atheist?”

    LMFAO good one!

    Touche

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

    “if prior is the best quarterback in the league and than Jacksonville Jaguars are a Super Bowl team

    he has no point he is talking out his anus”

    You and I know that Willy but he seems to want attention so bad he will start a fight over made up shlt.

  • Marks hair

    not many bright spots last nite.. one again, tp the only spark.

  • LA to TheBay

    766.Just Fire Baby Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 10:29 am
    Rivera is the best draft pick, and he will be a Pro Bowler.

    I agree, though I’d like to see what Sio can do

  • The_Judge37

    768.Just Fire Baby Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 10:32 am
    McFadden with worst YPC in a game with 10+ carries for a Raider RB in 35 years.

    But I am sure, over the 35 years and what 550+ games over that time, last night was the worst blocking ever.

    RB’s break tackles. That is, RB’s not named Darren McFAdden.

    You see that dude Hillman, have a crowded backfield on 3rd and 1, lowers his head and drags a defender for 3 yeards and gets the first.

    Lots of broken tackles by Moreno all game.

    McFadden looks for contact, to slide off it and hit the ground softly.
    ——

    I’m more alarmed at our Defense, allowing those scrub RB’s to punk them.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    So. The Broncos game is behind us, in hindsight the only way to stop Manning is to have your offense out there getting first downs. The D played a good game vs an incredible offense. Got some punts, got a couple turnovers, forced some FGs with short fields.

    The offensive 3 & Outs in the first half made it almost impossible.

  • LA to TheBay

    roach sucked bad

    roach missed tackles

    roach wasnt in the game

    raoch was schooled by knowshon moreno….,

    Roach and Tarver were playing checkers out there

  • DMAC

    Morning/afternoon peoples!

    Recap from last night……

    Pryor started off slow, but may had played his best game in the silver and black. Dude stayed in the pocket and delivered some nice tight spirals. Great signs of progression.

    Penalties fked us again.
    Running game was non-existence.
    Hayden was horrible, might of missed 5 tackles or so.
    Few dropped passes as well.

    Special teams looked good though.
    Rivera looks promising.
    Props to OC Olsen.

    FK this game! Lets concentrate on RG3 and Rat Face.

  • Marks hair

    dmc is broken physically and mentally.

  • Just Fire Baby

    D-Moore wasn’t a spark?

    He’s the only guy who ever makes big plays for us in the passing game.

    He is on pace for a 58 catch, 890 yards, 11 TD season.

    John Taylor 2.0

  • bcz24

    Dmac should be resigned… for about 1-2M per year as a change of pace back. Watching him bang into the line of scrimmage and fall down over and over again is no fun.

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

    “With an oline that can’t block, a running game that goes no where and a D that gets carved up like a turkey in a refugee camp these guys want to talk about Pryor. SMH”

    I know its like last year all over again!

    Blame Palmer for everything last year and it was his fault we lost 12 games.

    I told people last year that we had bigger problems than the QB but everyone hated Palmer.

    This year the fan base loves Pryor so they are seeing what a lot of us saw last year which is the defense, special teams and O-Line are so weak it doesn’t matter who our QB is!

    Just amuses me to see people finally waking up to that and just because its not Palmer at QB.

    better late than never Raider Fans!

  • DMAC

    Oh yeah
    And we got 2 TO’s
    Its a start

  • Gdog

    Macho Man Randy Savage Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 10:35 am

    So. The Broncos game is behind us, in hindsight the only way to stop Manning is to have your offense out there getting first downs. The D played a good game vs an incredible offense. Got some punts, got a couple turnovers, forced some FGs with short fields.

    The offensive 3 & Outs in the first half made it almost impossible.

    >>>

    The defense had a good game?

    Wow.

    Maybe a few good plays. They looked lost, tentative, and unready to play all game to my eyes. I couldn’t believe they would look that bad after starting the season flying around the first two games.

  • willy91137

    Don’t feel bad folks Baltimore knows how a good thay can play everybody that Denver plays

    they make them look stupid we done as good as anybody else who played them

    they got us by 16 what did thay if get Baltimore by 25 that was last year’s Super Bowl team

    their 16 games week 4 is coming up let’s see if we can get a win

  • Just Fire Baby

    RG 0 and 3 is going to be pummeled.

    I see a double-digit victory followed by reports of in-fighting for the Skins.

    No matter if Flynn or Pryor play.

  • Marks hair

    sorry 2 whole bright spots..

  • The_Judge37

    782.Gdog Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 10:38 am
    Macho Man Randy Savage Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 10:35 am

    So. The Broncos game is behind us, in hindsight the only way to stop Manning is to have your offense out there getting first downs. The D played a good game vs an incredible offense. Got some punts, got a couple turnovers, forced some FGs with short fields.

    The offensive 3 & Outs in the first half made it almost impossible.

    >>>

    The defense had a good game?

    Wow.

    Maybe a few good plays. They looked lost, tentative, and unready to play all game to my eyes. I couldn’t believe they would look that bad after starting the season flying around the first two games.
    ——-

    Supports my point that some people consider it a pleasure to get smoked by Payton Manning. That was one of the worst defensive showings i’ve ever seen.

  • DMAC

    C’mon fellas
    Give props to our stout special teams
    lol
    Real talk

  • Just Fire Baby

    Peyton does this almost every September/October.

    I would feel much more comy going into Denver and playing him in December.

  • Marks hair

    here’s the way to score on us… runs outside & slant passes.. the nfl knows now..

  • The_Judge37

    willy91137 Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 10:39 am
    Don’t feel bad folks Baltimore knows how a good thay can play everybody that Denver plays

    they make them look stupid we done as good as anybody else who played them

    they got us by 16 what did thay if get Baltimore by 25 that was last year’s Super Bowl team
    ——–

    That shouldn’t make you feel any better about what we had to endure last night.

  • bcz24

    I expect our secondary to have a bounce back game against the foreskins as well

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    It doesn’t matter who plays QB or offensive line if the GM has no clear vision and plan for the future of franchise.

    The Flynn trade alone should get Reggie fired.

    No Rhyme or reason.

    FIRE REGGIE NOW.

  • willy91137

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 10:38 am
    =================================
    it’s it’s the quarterback right now by the end of the week it will be fired DA

    newsflash this team is a work in progress stay tuned it will get better

    we played a robot last night barring too many injuries they can go 16 and took0

  • LA to TheBay

    779.bcz24 Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 10:38 am
    Dmac should be resigned… for about 1-2M per year as a change of pace back. Watching him bang into the line of scrimmage and fall down over and over again is no fun.

    Why even resign? Can we get a bag of extra balls at the deadline?

    DMC needs to go to a team in need of an oversized scatback and we need a real starting NFL running back.

    I’ve been off and on the DMC bandwagon but I’m pretty much convinced he is an idiot.

    No patience in the run game. 100 MPH into a brick wall every time. He looked good with good o line play and Reg broke up the O line.

  • hwnrdr

    Here’s one…when everyone said that the Raiders have no chance, Gruden stuck up for us by saying, I am tired of hearing this! The Raiders have every bit of a chnace!

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Supports my point that some people consider it a pleasure to get smoked by Payton Manning. That was one of the worst defensive showings i’ve ever seen.
    ++++++++++
    No way its worse than last year’s incredible sorry axx effort vs the Tampa Tampons and mighty mouse. That was worse by far! People stopped tackling, they didnt give a xhit. last night people were still hitting even though it was over by the 3rd qtr.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    only a blind fool would say the defense played a good game……i suggest you invest in a dvr to record the game and see how bad shreks dts, lbs and cbs played…decker had one safety tripping over his legs….thats what happens when slow guys are on the field.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I saw at least 10 worst showing defensively since 2010 then last night.

    Hell, we gave up like 40 points to the Bucs last year!!!

    How about giving up 38 points to Tebow? AT HOME!!!!!

    Or 38 points to DAvid Garrard with the season on the line?

    Or 5 second half TD’s from Ryan Fitzpatrick?

    The Chargers game to end 2011? They scored EVERY TIME THEY HAD THE BALL.

    LMAO at last night being the worst showing ever.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    796….that was shreks defense part 1.

  • willy91137

    Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 10:41 am
    ==========================
    I said it would take till the end of the day but already they have to fire Reggie

    your intelligence is unbelievable what are you in the second grade