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Raiders find out how far they have to go

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, September 23rd, 2013 at 11:09 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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

    Our defense was so brave last night. It was awesome to hold Manning under 40 points. And we didn’t allow an individual 100 yard rusher. Bravo guys, Bra-fkn-Vo!

  • hwnrdr

    798.Just Fire Baby Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 10:44 am
    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.

    Agreed!

  • DMAC

    Don’t be mad at DMAC.
    Be mad at Veldy! He’s the guy who went into the off season on a contract year and decided to take the juice and turn himself into the Hulk.
    In doing so, he ripped some muscle pumping the iron.
    That fked our entire line up.
    Imagine a line like……

    Veldy-Barnes-Wiz-Brisiel-Pashos

  • The_Judge37

    798.Just Fire Baby Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 10:44 am
    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.
    ——-

    So i guess we improved right? After all we did make manning miss on 5 attempts. Hooray!!!!!!!

  • DMAC

    What happened to our tackling????

    Dudes missed lots of tackles last night

  • Al_is_theraiders

    jfb all those where shreks original defense…zone is for sissies…

  • hwnrdr

    No such thing as a moral victory but I saw quite a few good things last night! Yes, I hate it that it was a loss but I’m not gonna rant about firing everyone in this org because of this and that!
    MR kinda sorta has a point (and no, not arguing with 666)…what QB was going in there and beating Manning last night!

  • The_Judge37

    805.DMAC Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 10:48 am
    What happened to our tackling????

    Dudes missed lots of tackles last night
    —–

    It was wierd to see our #24 Free Saftey being the only one making tackles out there.

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

    JFB

    You were dead on last night!

    I know we have not always agreed but I do read your posts as they are worth reading.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    DMAC….

    Roach missed a lot of tackles.

  • DMAC

    Hayden looks soft out there.
    Shake it off young man.
    I know you got what it takes.
    Go out there and ball!

  • DMAC

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 10:50 am

    DMAC….

    Roach missed a lot of tackles.
    ========

    Roach and Hayden had ugly games
    So did others, but I haven’t gotten a chance to watch the film and I probably wont.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    have not been impressed by hayden at all…

  • Al_is_theraiders

    watch it…it will open your eyes to our “improved” mlb…

  • The_Judge37

    Suprisingly in the box score, Burnett had a lot of tackles. But i saw a lot of wiffs.

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

    “MR kinda sorta has a point (and no, not arguing with 666)…what QB was going in there and beating Manning last night!”

    Sure but at the end of the day its the NFL and any given team can beta any given team on any Sunday. No excuses!

    Not sure if you watch Red Zone but Sunday as it was starting the talking head said that out of the 32 game splayed this year 25 were won by a Touch Down or less.

    Its called Parity. Denver will get beat this year I can guarantee it.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    DTs were gassed after 4 plays!

  • Gdog

    bcz24 Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 10:41 am

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

    >>>

    I would hope they feel embarrassed by it.

    DA and Tarver have some coaching to do… we cannot let this escalate.

  • DMAC

    Saw a few DT’s in there that I never seen.
    Care to name them for me please?

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    Just Fire Baby Says:

    Peyton does this almost every September/October.

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

    Wasn’t last night regular season win #14 in a row?

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Man, if we would have been able to run the friggin ball last night the D would have held up. Being out there 35+ minutes in the altitude with the no huddle, it will wear out even the toughest D.

    Pryor did a good job. The Oline and DMAC let us down big time yesterday.

  • Whoknows

    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!
    *************************************
    What amuses me is you defended Palmer and criticized defense last year but this year all I see criticism of Pryor no talk of defense.

  • DMAC

    Throw this game out the window and show up Sunday.
    2-2

  • RaidingTexas

    Gdog Says:

    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.

    ————————————–

    They looked like the other two defenses that have played Denver so far.

  • The_Judge37

    Gdog Says:
    DA and Tarver have some coaching to do
    —–

    That is one of the most frightening statements i’ve heard so far. Almost as scary as Flynn starting this week.

  • The_Judge37

    Macho Man Randy Savage Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 10:54 am
    Man, if we would have been able to run the friggin ball last night the D would have held up. Being out there 35+ minutes in the altitude with the no huddle, it will wear out even the toughest D.

    Pryor did a good job. The Oline and DMAC let us down big time yesterday
    ——

    They didn’t help themselves by not keeping them out the enzone or forcing a punt in the 1st quarter.

  • The Florida Pete

    hwnrdr Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 10:43 am
    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!

    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    Gruden was laughing…

  • The_Judge37

    I also don’t get why Lamar Houston is standing up on the line. It’s like watchign Tyler Brayton play LB all over again.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    824 quit comparing crap to crap…tou still wind up with Sh!t. who gives a flying fvck about other defenses…care about the raiders defense.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    I’ll say this about the whole Pryor – Flynn debate. Where this team is at, both talent wise and leadership wise, I would rather have a QB that can make something out of nothing, stiff arm the other team’s strong safety, and stare down a DE when trash talking. Now if you tell me Flynn will come out playing like Manning, well hell, I could care less if he had a bad neck and couldn’t outrun Rob Ryan.

  • willy91137

    ts called Parity. Denver will get beat this year I can guarantee it.
    ==========================================
    If they don’t get too many injuries they could go 16 a 0

  • The_Judge37

    829.Al_is_theraiders Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 11:00 am
    824 quit comparing crap to crap…tou still wind up with Sh!t. who gives a flying fvck about other defenses…care about the raiders defense.
    —–

    Exactly, being in a long line of losers doesn’t/shouldn’t make anyone feel any better.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    DA and tarver are coaching…this is the result…..

  • DMAC

    That fake ass PI call on Rivera was straight BS!
    Penalties like that kills drives and momentum.

  • The_Judge37

    834.DMAC Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 11:03 am
    That fake ass PI call on Rivera was straight BS!
    Penalties like that kills drives and momentum.
    ——

    Should’ve been a PI on the sideline route to Moore also.

  • DMAC

    TP2 made some nice ass throws last night.
    Tight spirals on the $$$$$
    Kid has some ballz out there.
    You guys check him out, smiling at Donk fans as he headed toward the locker room?

  • DMAC

    The_Judge37 Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 11:06 am

    834.DMAC Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 11:03 am
    That fake ass PI call on Rivera was straight BS!
    Penalties like that kills drives and momentum.
    ——

    Should’ve been a PI on the sideline route to Moore also.
    =======

    2 many to call

  • willy91137

    if Denver loses a game this year it won’t be in Denver when Seattle loses a game

    it won’t be in Seattle that altitude in Denver is really hard in the fourth quarter

    we will play Denver better here at home unless we have a lot of injuries

    most of our offense of line will be back by then we hope

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    A loser is a loser.

    FIRE REGGIE NOW.

  • The_Judge37

    836.DMAC Says:
    You guys check him out, smiling at Donk fans as he headed toward the locker room?
    —–

    That’s because the trainer said, “Sure Terrelle, we’re going to get ice cream”

  • DMAC

    Well….
    At least they found ways to get the rock to Reece.

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

    “What amuses me is you defended Palmer and criticized defense last year but this year all I see criticism of Pryor no talk of defense.”

    Then you are not reading my posts or you are doing what Trolls do…taking what YOU want to from my posts to further your own agenda.

    See post #570 on this thread and many others from last night.

    Not sure why I am having to explain this to you!

  • RaidingTexas

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 11:00 am
    824 quit comparing crap to crap…tou still wind up with Sh!t. who gives a flying fvck about other defenses…care about the raiders defense.

    —————————————-

    So when Denver is 16-0 at season’s end, you’re gonna say all 13 teams that lost to them are crap?

  • willy91137

    The_Judge37 Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 10:41 am
    ================================
    I thought it would be worse than this it ain’t like I thought we had a chance

    is anybody in here really surprised that we got our asses handed to us

  • alex7

    Pryor 1-3 record?

    Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 11:10 am
    A loser is a loser.

  • DMAC

    Weak game plan on D last night.
    + players were winded quick
    Saw some dudes on the field, that I’ve never heard of before (particularly our DTs)

  • The_Judge37

    844.willy91137 Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 11:16 am
    The_Judge37 Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 10:41 am
    ================================
    I thought it would be worse than this it ain’t like I thought we had a chance

    is anybody in here really surprised that we got our asses handed to us
    ——

    Does that make the reality of the defeat any more satisfying?

  • raiderlization

    You guys are so Petty! Pryor had a # of drops that could have be successful drives don’t discount his QB rating for this game. “112″ he has improved no running game is not going help any QB! lets see what trash time TD Flynn has from start to finish and RGIII is no Payton Manning! Go Raiders!

  • The Florida Pete

    The_Judge37 Says:
    September 24th, 2013 at 11:10 am
    836.DMAC Says:
    You guys check him out, smiling at Donk fans as he headed toward the locker room?
    —–

    That’s because the trainer said, “Sure Terrelle, we’re going to get ice cream”

    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    lmao… good one…

    but I gotta say: I really like Pryor… a lot…

    he deserves a better head coach and GM…

    oh… fire Reggie…

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    What will be the excuse after the 0-3 Skins beat Reggie’s rejects?