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Broncos 34, Raiders 7

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.

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  • Twinkle

    Better than previous regimes no?

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    I think he kind of regressed as a thrower as the season went along this year.
    Running on first bit of pressure, never flushed looking to pass.
    Look at that Aaron Rodgers TD today to win the division. That’s how you do it, break containment AND MAKE A BIG PLAY DOWN THE FIELD, not run for 9 yards and think you are a uber athlete superstar.

  • 2romes

    You hardly hear Dallas , ( Americas team), when they lose. I wish they would say it all the time if they are going to say it.

  • EMRaiders

    Hey, JC did ok for us… if only someone would’ve thought him to slide feet first…lol

  • Alex7

    True, but that was pre-Manning and Alex Smith. Back then we had to beat Orton/Tebow, Cassell, and Rivers. Now it’s a murderers row!

  • EMRaiders

    ok, question for ya’ll… If we were to sign Cutler.

    Would you say Cutler is:

    > Rivers?
    > Smith?
    at least = to Manning?

  • EMRaiders

    that last one about manning is sarcasm, in case you could’nt tell…

  • Alex7

    there are no QBs available that are better than those guys. Maybe one of the 1st rounders will be in a year or two.
    Cutler is better than what we have now, and that’s all you can do. Improve, even if it isn’t as good as someone else.

  • Twinkle

    No hope imo…..the nearer you get to a SB appearance the more your Defense is required to produce.As of now a few NFC clubs would walk into mile low stadium and wipe the floor with their ar*se’s and have their way with the woman that rides around on the horse to boot.

  • 2romes

    Keep the system? Hard to dispense snicker bars from a bubble gum machine.

  • JV.

    Seeing the browns fire their coach after one season after a great start and losing after they lost hoyer makes me think twice about DA. But after these 3 games I’m 50-50

  • Alex7

    it would look as bad for us as it did for them.
    I mean, the Browns coach has a Pro-Bowler at LT, C, CB, and WR.
    We have…Reece!
    Gotta have a QB no matter who you are.

  • EMRaiders

    I’m just not sold on Cutler. I think a young QB might be just as good. But if we do get him, and get Nicks, and draft a WR with our #1 then we might have something.

  • EMRaiders

    How about this scenario.

    Sign Cutler, Sign Nicks, Draft a WR with our #1.

    Would we still have enough money to fix the Oline, something Cutler will most def need, and fill some holes on D, like DE, DT and LB?

  • turf toe

    Fire, I know you are a pretty fair, open-minded guy and it’s clear you are knowledgable about football. But right now, teeth-clenching hate and finger-pointing is called for. Passive, bitter resignation is also acceptable. But hope, encouragement, and a positive outlook? Not after this debacle. Now turn that smile upside down and get with the picture.

  • Twinkle

    Who’d have thunk it?…..we be trying to copycat the mental giants from Fond du Lac and Kenosha.

  • Alex7

    I’d rank them thusly:
    Bridgewater, Cutler, Hundley, Mettenberger, Murray.
    And only Cuter is at least proven. Remember he usually had terrible o-lines in Chicago. If it’s between Cutler and some nobody in round 3, it’s a no brainer.

  • JV.

    They had Hoyer who was a star for the time being, losing him killed the season.

  • Alex7

    If you sign Cutler, you already have 2 likely 1,000 yard WRs in Streater and Moore. And you have a solid #3 in Holmes. I would think you’d go defense with the 1st rounder.

  • EMRaiders

    I just posted about the Oline above. But I can see how if most top QBs are gone by the time we draft, Cutler would be the better option. Given we sign Nicks, and draft a WR.

  • JV.

    Topic on the blog for the next 3 months : Free agency

    Let’s do it.

  • Alex7

    Was Pryor hit much today? Seems the o-line has done fine the 2nd half of the season. You can find guards and centers in rounds 2 through 4.

  • Twinkle

    Speaks volumes about the coaching staff if you ask me.Eight wins with what?

  • EMRaiders

    ya, I don’t think so… I think we would still need at least 1 true #1 playmaking WR. Either Nicks, or first round pick. If you are spending that much money on a QB, you better make sure he has weapons. And an Oline to protect him.

  • EMRaiders

    Or FA. which is what I am saying. IF we sign Cutler, Oline and WR become a top priority. Weapons and protection.

  • turf toe

    How about this picture? Reggie Mac, covered in honey, rolling down a hill infested with fire ants. Dennis Allen, with ten pound weights tied to his ankles, abandoned on a beach with Komodo dragons waddling towards him.

  • Alex7

    Streater is still improving and almost cracked 1,000 yards with the no-doubt worse QB situation in the NFL. Just seems like overkill when our WRs are a team-strength.

  • EMRaiders

    I would feel inclined to report that to the ASPCA for animal cruelty to ants and komodo dragons.

  • JV.

    One thing which stood out to me is we haven’t had a 1000 yard receiver since randy moss which is sad. Proves how inept we are. If we started mcgloin from day 1 we would’ve for sure. notice how much better Streater, holmes rivera looked after a pocket passer took over. Imagine our top 7 defense with a pocket passer at the helm. We woulda actually won more then 4 games.

  • turf toe

    Ha.

  • EMRaiders

    I’m telling man, if you are gonna spend that kind of money on a QB, you better get him all the weapons you can get and all the protection you can find. Specially a QB like Cutler. He is good, but not good enough to lift the talent around him a notch or two. THere’s only 3 QBs that can do that right now I think, Manning, Brady, and Brees. in that order.

  • 2romes

    Can you believe that! Tried to change one of best things that worked. That is why I just don’t like these guys. It is them first then comes the team.

  • turf toe

    The Raiders do not deserve this fan base. To your credit, you are already strategizing for next season, weighing picks, etc. Even the meanest guys on the blog are trying to help.

    Wish I could get into it now. All I see is a vapor trail of teams leaving us behind, and all I feel is an empty growling in my stomach. I’m going to drink some coffee, pick a fight with my girlfriend, and come back when I have some juice. Or some hope.

  • wildsach

    get Cutler, cut TP loose. Draft the best pass-rusher + 1 good WR…..BUILD the D. There’s a good plan, JMO.

  • 2romes

    How many coaches want to come in under an unproven Reggie as GM?

  • turf toe

    Yow!

  • Alex7

    why it makes sense to keep DA, if only because it’s unlikely anyone else (better) wants in.

  • turf toe

    Yeah.

  • kenchun24

    Cowboys D seem to frazzle Foles this year. Both games he hasn’t been so videogame like vs. every other team.

  • 2romes

    What did he want to come back as?

  • 2romes

    That is my assessment pretty much.

  • Alex7

    Raider draft picks from around the web:
    .
    1st – Barr, Barr, Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel.
    2nd – OG
    3rd – DT

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yep. Hayden had the normal rookie CB struggles. But his going down pointed out how bad our CB depth really was. There were no good DBS left after Hayden and Young went down.

  • aig-raiders

    Excuses. You know exactly what I’m talking about punk. The best team in the league is led by a 3rd rounder lmao

  • aig-raiders

    I noticed that you completely ignored the main problem of the D and continually tout the QB as your solution to everything. Why do you bother joining my thread if you are going to completely ignore the questions about the 34 points given up per game. Tell me one QB that joions a new team and score over 30 per game….Peyton aint coming here in case you missed the memo.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    JOHNNY in the BLACK HOLE.

    I have to say, the GM that tells Roger G. his pick inthe first round is “Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M” is one brave guy–don’t see Reggie being that guy.