By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, December 29th, 2013 at 4:10 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Note: Posted with 3:27 remaining . . .
The Raiders went out with a whimper Sunday, mere foils for the Denver Broncos in a 34-7 defeat at O.co Coliseum.
In losing their last six games and eight of nine, the Raiders were at their least competitive in finishing 4-12 as Peyton Manning needed only one half to set the NFL all-time passing yardage record and give Denver (13-3) the home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Manning completed 25 of 28 passes for 266 yards and touchdown passes of 3 yards to Eric Decker, 7 yards to Knowshon Moreno and 63 and 5 yards to Demaryius Thomas. The Broncos also got a 34-yard field goal from Matt Prater.
The last touchdown, which came with 13 second left in the half, gave Manning the yardage he needed to get to 5,477 yards and break the record Drew Brees set in 2011 by a single yard.
With the game under control, Manning took the second half off in favor of Brock Osweieler in the second half, with Denver taking itws foot off the gas and the Raiders still unable to move the ball. Prater had a 54-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
The Raiders avoided the shutout when quarterback Terrelle Pryor hit Rod Streater for a 14-yard touchdown with 4:24 remaining.
The mismatch drew scattered boos from the crowd, which was infiltrated by plenty of Broncos fans wearing orange.
It remains to be seen how owner Mark Davis will react to the lack of fight the Raiders showed in closing out the season. Raiders coach Dennis Allen is scheduled to meet the media Monday at 1 p.m.
Davis said recently general manager Reggie McKenzie would first meet with the coaching staff before McKenzie would meet with Davis to determine how the Raiders would proceed.’
Allen has two years remaining on the his contract, while McKenzie has three.
Only two Raiders coaches have survived a six-game losing streak to close out the season, Marty Feldman in 1961 and Mike White in 1995, the latter under Al Davis.
Given the Raiders defensive difficulties of late, Manning’s domination through the air wasn’t surprising. What they couldn’t anticipate was an ineffective offense under Pryor.
Oakland managed only 55 yards of total offense in the first half against a defense that is without its best player, Von Miller, and was ranked 22nd in yardage coming in to the game.
The Broncos drove 71 yards in 12 plays the first time they had the ball, with Manning finding Decker in the end zone. A poor shotgun snap by Stefen Wisniewski couldn’t be handled by Pryor on the Raiders next possession, with Denver’s Sylvester Williams recovering.
That set up a short-field 21-yard drive, with Manning finding Moreno on a screen over the middle from seven yards.
Denver’s lone failure of the half on a third down set up Prater’s 34-yard field goal. Working mostly underneath, Manning hit Thomas on a 63-yard strike against Brandian Ross on third-and-4. The last touchdown of the to Thomas eclipses Brees’ record by a yard.