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Masterful Manning leads Broncos to blowout of Raiders

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Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was outstanding on Sunday in Denver, carving up the Raiders’ secondary as the Broncos cruised to an easy 37-6 win. It was the Broncos’ largest victory margin over the Raiders since 1962.

Although there have been questions this season about whether Manning’s arm strength is all the way back after missing all of last year with multiple neck injuries, there is no question that Manning is still smart enough and accurate enough to pick defenses apart. Manning was on all day, completing 30 of 38 passes for 338 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions. The Broncos marched down the field with ease and never punted.

Denver also got a big day from running back Willis McGahee, who topped 100 yards for the second time this season and caught six passes. With McGahee, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Brandon Stokley and Jacob Tamme, Manning has a lot of weapons to work with.

The Broncos’ defense was strong all day, holding Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer in check and keeping Darren McFadden from breaking any long runs. This was the best Denver’s defense has played all season.

And it was the best Manning has played all season as well. He’s still one of the NFL’s elite quarterbacks.

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  1. joetoronto says: Sep 30, 2012 7:01 PM

    Greg Knapp sucks arse, hr really does. The game is long over and he has Palmer dropping back taking big time hits.

    The Bronco’s were definitely ready and took it to the Raiders from the get go. The Raiders defense wasn’t just extremely short handed, but they were on the field all game too.

    Back to the drawing board.

  2. atwatercrushesokoye says: Sep 30, 2012 7:02 PM

    Remember last week when Manning was washed up?! Yeah not so much…

  3. jakec4 says: Sep 30, 2012 7:02 PM

    Go on the road and do it Manning. That will say more.

  4. randomguy9999 says: Sep 30, 2012 7:04 PM

    there were a lot of guys saying Manning is done for life last week….

    you guys got embarrassed today….

  5. spellingcops says: Sep 30, 2012 7:04 PM

    Hey villa41, how bout a 3 paragraph soliloquy on why the raiders suck so bad? How do you like that beat down cellar dwellers? 0-2 in the division. Commitment to excrement.

  6. dbtime says: Sep 30, 2012 7:05 PM

    Great win for Denver. Manning still looks great !!

  7. Max says: Sep 30, 2012 7:07 PM

    Ummm its the Raiders… Saddle up he’s got the Pats, Chargers, Saints up next.

  8. spellingcops says: Sep 30, 2012 7:08 PM

    Where’s all the morons saying Seymour and Kelly were gonna snap Peyton’s neck? I think Carson was the one that might need some medical attention now. So now that the Raiders super bowl run (the off season) is over, is it finally time for “raider nation (the biggest group of cons & ex cons ever assembled)” to finally fade back into their mothers’ basements?

  9. invaiduh says: Sep 30, 2012 7:08 PM

    this team wasn’t this bad last year.. they were on an up swing. its the coaching. Knapp/Allen suck. shoulda kept hue. you can’t blame lack of a draft on THIS season.
    wtf.Reg.gfy.

  10. r8rnuck says: Sep 30, 2012 7:08 PM

    it would be nice to have a secondary…oh well, den played a really really good game. even if the raiders had shown up, i don’t think it would have mattered.

  11. shootscuz says: Sep 30, 2012 7:10 PM

    Villa41 come out come out wherever you are.

  12. hatesycophants says: Sep 30, 2012 7:10 PM

    Not too bad for a dude who can no longer throw a spiral, huh?

  13. demolition510 says: Sep 30, 2012 7:11 PM

    Depleted secondary, no pass rush, rookie HC and ZBS. Game went as expected.

  14. sourdough says: Sep 30, 2012 7:14 PM

    So much for McFadden finally reaching his “potential” and dominating the running game. A 2.6 yard per carry average just doesn’t cut it in the NFL. On the upside only five more losses and the Raiders organization reaches the not-so lofty benchmark of having ten straight seasons w.o a winning record.

    Just lose, baby!

  15. 7pints says: Sep 30, 2012 7:15 PM

    Straight beat down!

    Joetoronto you can make any excuses you want, but your shorthanded defense comment has nothing to do with your offense being completely shut down!

    So, where are the rest of the Jokeland trolls? Your thoughts, please? Lol!!!!

  16. socalraider909 says: Sep 30, 2012 7:18 PM

    I’m glad I missed this game this is outrageous I knew it would be a hard game but wow when is Reg going to fire Knapp already?

  17. puresickness12 says: Sep 30, 2012 7:20 PM

    Like I said last week…

    One week he is the old Manning who can throw.
    One week he is the new Manning who can’t throw.

    Arm or not, the man still has his brain, which is dangerous.

  18. caseyanthonymunoz says: Sep 30, 2012 7:22 PM

    Manning has made a career out of beating bad teams in the regular season. Come postseason, he chokes worse than the US Ryder Cup team.

  19. freedomispopular says: Sep 30, 2012 7:27 PM

    Remember when everyone said Manning’s success in Indy was due to having star receivers?

  20. rooneyruleblues says: Sep 30, 2012 7:32 PM

    Masterful Manning? The Raiders can be great medicine for a bad team. Next week the Pats will beat the hell out of the Donkies.

  21. rooneyruleblues says: Sep 30, 2012 7:34 PM

    Joe Toronto lol @ shorthanded. The Raiders are the worst team in football Joe. How does it feel?

  22. chief67 says: Sep 30, 2012 7:34 PM

    Face it Raider fans you will be fighting for last place with my Chiefs ! Right now it looks like the Chiefs have have a leg up on last however …

  23. willowy2k says: Sep 30, 2012 7:34 PM

    Straight CLOWNED those sorry raiders!

  24. sagatti says: Sep 30, 2012 7:35 PM

    I remember a song by SoulIISoul called “Back to Life, Back to Reality.” Kinda fits for the traiders huh?

  25. denverscott says: Sep 30, 2012 7:45 PM

    Denver is missing 2 starters on defense due to suspension, no whining. Lost the starting center mid game, no whining. What does having missing players on D have to do with Palmer counting clouds on his back all day? It’s the NFL, you’re supposed to have depth.

  26. Patriot42 says: Sep 30, 2012 7:51 PM

    I’m glad the raiders lost

  27. grogansheroes says: Sep 30, 2012 7:59 PM

    Do the raiders have any draft picks next year? Or did they trade them for another washed up QB?

  28. steelernationfartsinyourfaceandwinschampionships says: Sep 30, 2012 8:02 PM

    But does he have six rings?

  29. chodetoranto says: Sep 30, 2012 8:17 PM

    1-3 seems very fitting for such a pathetic team muahahahaha

  30. carlsbadboltfan says: Sep 30, 2012 8:43 PM

    What’s that? Denver didn’t punt the ball at all? Raiders, what an irrelevant franchise.

  31. steelersownyou says: Sep 30, 2012 8:57 PM

    I understand losing to the broncos at mile high. But I totally can’t comprehend losing to the rotten raiders! They are so terrible it’s beyond words…

  32. zeddicuszorander says: Sep 30, 2012 9:00 PM

    How’s that in Reggie we trust working out for ya Oakland?

  33. raideralex99 says: Sep 30, 2012 9:08 PM

    I want the replaced refs back …. That holding on McGahee TD was a joke. I saw a few holds that we’re not called but that’s no excuse … Just saying.
    Hey the first half the Raiders were in the game but until they get a NFL defence … it’s going to be a long season.

  34. dbtime says: Sep 30, 2012 9:16 PM

    Steeler nation needs to go lay down. The only reason the steelers didn’t lose is cause they are on a bye.

  35. sullijo1 says: Sep 30, 2012 10:04 PM

    37-6 and the game wasn’t that close. D. Thomas drops the ball at the 6 after running 60 yards with it, stupid failed fake FG, dropped interceptions, FG after driving inside 10, etc.

    Should have hung 50 on those jokes.

  36. mullman76 says: Sep 30, 2012 10:10 PM

    @sullijo1- 1st home win v the RAIDERS since ’08–’and you mean like the 50+ the RAIDERS hung on them last year?

    Slow your roll cheech.

  37. randymachomansavage says: Sep 30, 2012 10:22 PM

    Man, that second round pick headed to the Bengals looks like its going to be AWFULLY close to the first one of the round.
    To give up two starters and lose a head coach for a washed up head-case [when Palmer gets nervous/high-tension late game situations, he throws high--been that way since USC. Bounces off receivers hands and right to a safety] must feel terrible.
    It’ll take until 2017 to recover.

  38. joekattalia says: Sep 30, 2012 10:56 PM

    Ironic that there are two Mannings and they are both on the same teams?

    No coincidence.

  39. maiphatdong says: Sep 30, 2012 11:06 PM

    Stay home cholos, seasons over, Bronco Nation baby!

  40. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 1, 2012 12:38 AM

    Don’t tell me Peyton pulled a Ben Roethlisberger and called Bruce Arians plays?!!!!
    The Raiders are the worst defensive team in NFL history…

  41. dougydougdoug says: Oct 1, 2012 1:01 AM

    Honest question:

    Which team is the worst in the league?

    Chiefs or Raiders?

    It’s honestly too hard to call. I’ll say that, even at 0-4, the Saints are still miles ahead of either of those two.

  42. maiphatdong says: Oct 1, 2012 2:21 AM

    the chiefs can at least get 1st downs

  43. masterblaster78 says: Oct 1, 2012 5:56 AM

    Greg Knapp has to go. His offensive schemes aren’t working. This was an embarassment period

  44. stoogy says: Oct 1, 2012 6:46 AM

    hey atleast the raiders beat the steelers! seriously worst D iv ever seen. Ever QB that players oak will look elite. Get ur stuff together reggie not going to sell many tickets with a team this bad… y didnt the draft a cb in the 3rd instead of bergstrom that doesnt play? why dis dvd and chimbi get cut? reggie on my poop list!

  45. rickeydynamite25 says: Oct 1, 2012 6:56 AM

    Well it was a great day to be a punter for the Broncos,,, the day off with pay.

  46. sullijo1 says: Oct 1, 2012 9:41 AM

    The Chiefs haven’t won a playoff game in 19 years.

  47. autumnwind999 says: Oct 1, 2012 10:05 AM

    Really awful game. It was actually close at halftime (10-6) but that was a little misleading. Probably should’ve been 20-6 with Thomas fumbling en route to another TD and a silly fake FG.

    Those knocking Carson Palmer don’t know what they’re talking about though. He’s by far the best QB the Raiders have had since Rich Gannon and a borderline top-10 QB in the league if you know football. The Palmer trade was a great trade for the Raiders. Good QBs are hard to get and even first-round draft picks are outright busts or JAGs 90 percent of the time. The problem was not the Palmer trade, the problem is that we got rid of the guy — Hue Jackson — who made the trade.

    Here are the problems:
    - Offensive coordinator is terrible.
    - Offensive line makes up for its lack of run blocking with its terrible pass blocking.
    - 3 of our top 4 WRs are out. Two with injury. The other was traded by McNumnutz to Carolina for a bag of balls.
    - Dennis Allen is not ready to be a head coach. It’s blatantly obvious.
    - McNumnutz didn’t feel that it was imperative to have an edge rusher in today’s pass-heavy NFL. So he cut Kam Wimbley to save some cap money, despite still paying half of Wimbley’s salary this year. Good QBs will carve up any defense with the kind of cushion we’re giving them by having zero pass rush. Raiders were top-half of the league in sacks last year despite rarely blitzing. They’re 31st in the league so far with a pathetic 3 sacks in 4 games. And I would guess they have fewer QB pressures than any team in the league.

    This trainwreck was set in motion by Mark Davis and Reggie McKenzie when they fired Hue Jackson. I don’t expect them to admit this failure and they’ll probably continue on with these same clowns for several years or until the team gets bought.

  48. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 1, 2012 10:16 AM

    Here’s all you need to know about the Raiders: Since 1970, they’ve employed TWENTY head coaches.
    The Steelers, in comparison, have employed THREE over that same period of time.

  49. broncosnative says: Oct 1, 2012 10:46 AM

    Its funny how last week when the raiders beat the steelers, fans was all hyped, say how they gonna win the west, then they laid an egg. Excuses from you fans is raiders missing players on defense. My theory is their not tough enough, you look at teams like dolphins, cardinals, seahawks and redskins, they go into every game playing their hardiest, keeping games close alike the raiders who got blown out twice allowing already over 100 points

  50. dougydougdoug says: Oct 1, 2012 11:22 AM

    sullijo1:

    Good point. Granted, they did win the AFC West two seasons ago, for whatever its worth.

    Personally, I think the Raiders and Chiefs tie for total suck. But the big difference is that the Chiefs do it relatively quietly, while the Raiders go out of their way to set records for most penalties, and most times being beaten by the same time, etc.

    Additionally, Chiefs fans are a little crazy, but Raiders’ fans are complete tool bags, who dress in children’s Halloween costumes, and think they somehow own stock in the team just because they have giant pirate face logos on the Chevys.

  51. footballchic777 says: Oct 1, 2012 11:45 AM

    I said last week ……..never doubt Peyton Manning. Thus team is just starting to hit their stride together, and it seemed the better the O did yesterday, the more hyoed the D was! It was a great game for the Broncs!

  52. radrntn says: Oct 1, 2012 12:01 PM

    well I think the reality is we really are not that good..have nobody making plays. ( game ball to Lamarr Houston for hustle, and showing that he cares…real fact is the offense sucks under knapp, and it seems the “d” has been on the field for 75% of the season.

    Game was close for the first half…and at half time coaches make their adjustments……very appearent Knapp got out coached yesterday by Fox/Del Rio…, and lets get real the raiders secondary sucks. Everyone of those guys with the exception of Huff, and Branch are all second string guys at best, and wouldnt even make rosters on 85% of the teams out there. Manning picked them apart all day long to everybody, and anybody on the field.

    I have kept an open mind with Reggie, but to cut half a roster that has made progress the past couple of years to get into playoff contention, and then to be told to have “patience” is absurd to say the least…..Patience….what do you think the nation has been for the past decade?

  53. broncogang says: Oct 1, 2012 1:24 PM

    I’m not even going to gloat like the Raiders fans know how to do even when they’re plain awful. But Denver had to win this game and I didn’t see them losing 5 years in a row in Mile High. Next week is going to be a tough game but I think we can win. All we have to do is stop Gronk and their running game. Hernandez was our main problem last year (obviously not playing) so if we can continue to rack up points then we can beat them. Plus Chris Kuper will be back and that will be huge. Oh yea thank you New England for Dan Koppen! He played amazing in place of Walton and he may have a few tips for our defense stopping their game plan. Go Broncos!

  54. raiderapologist says: Oct 1, 2012 2:14 PM

    dougydougdoug says: Oct 1, 2012 11:22 AM

    Personally, I think the Raiders and Chiefs tie for total suck. But the big difference is that the Chiefs do it relatively quietly, while the Raiders go out of their way to set records for most penalties, and most times being beaten by the same time, etc.
    Additionally, Chiefs fans are a little crazy, but Raiders’ fans are complete tool bags, who dress in children’s Halloween costumes, and think they somehow own stock in the team just because they have giant pirate face logos on the Chevys.
    ——–
    The fans pay their money. If they want to dress up and have fun, who cares? I see absurd costumes in every stadium. As for the teams themselves, the Chiefs are easily a bigger disappointment. Oakland has a new regime, is churning the roster, and lacks draft picks and cap space. The Chiefs were supposed to have impact players on defense and a strong running game, and they had money to spend. Their defense is giving up 34 points per game, and their quarterback is just garbage. The Raiders are about as bad as they should be. The Chiefs are much worse.

  55. frostymugobeer says: Oct 1, 2012 7:09 PM

    oooooooops^

    The Raiders are about as bad as they should be. The Chiefs are much worse.

    ALL WRONG !
    the Raiders are the ones who mortgaged the teams future with Palmer…not brought in to slowly improve,but have an immediate impact.

    the Raiders are supposed to have the running game in place with Mcfadden…that’s why they traded away a good back in Bush.

    the Raiders are supposed to have the deep threat with the speedy recievers.

    the Raiders had a very stout Defense last year….
    I would say it’s the Raiders who are Big-Time under acheiving at this point.

    BUT…..it’s only week 4 and the season is a looooooong way from over .
    the difference between 1-3 and 3-1 is not that big at this point.
    look at what the G-men did last year…..and Green bay went 15-1
    no Fat lady singing for any team yet….but the raiders will probaly finish 6-10

  56. raiderapologist says: Oct 1, 2012 7:11 PM

    bobzilla1001 says: Oct 1, 2012 10:16 AM

    Here’s all you need to know about the Raiders: Since 1970, they’ve employed TWENTY head coaches.
    The Steelers, in comparison, have employed THREE over that same period of time.

    Who cares how many coaches the Steelers have had? They’re 0-2 against the AFC West this season. Go post on a Jets story.

  57. raiderapologist says: Oct 1, 2012 8:49 PM

    frostymugobeer says: Oct 1, 2012 7:09 PM

    oooooooops^

    The Raiders are about as bad as they should be. The Chiefs are much worse.

    ALL WRONG !
    the Raiders are the ones who mortgaged the teams future with Palmer…not brought in to slowly improve,but have an immediate impact.
    the Raiders are supposed to have the running game in place with Mcfadden…that’s why they traded away a good back in Bush.
    the Raiders are supposed to have the deep threat with the speedy recieivers.
    the Raiders had a very stout Defense last year….
    I would say it’s the Raiders who are Big-Time under acheiving at this point.
    ——-
    You aren’t even close. The Raiders didn’t trade Bush. They could not afford to keep him, and let him walk as a free agent. The defense was weak last year. The running game was 7th last season, 2nd in 2010. It’s dead last this year. The receivers are gimped. The mike linebacker is a giant bust. There is blame to be spread, but it’s not on Palmer. I like beer, too, but you are either drunk or confused.

  58. murfdeezy says: Oct 1, 2012 10:09 PM

    The Raiders just got flat out whooped by a better team that was well coached. The coaches did their job and the players executed. The donkeys gave us more than enough opportunities to win…we just suck. It’s embarrassing but it’s also true. I agree that Knapp is the most dismal play caller in the NFL. It’s disgraceful that all we have to do is shove him in a locker to improve. We still have Saunders on the staff and he ran a pretty good offense last year. This looks like intentional tanking at this point.

    Palmer does suck…period. He is being asked to throw five yard passes and screws it up regularly. He threw it backwards in traffic and almost cost us a couple of good players and a lot of yards yesterday. Goodson saved his arse. He has cost us multiple touchdowns this season by overthrowing wide open receivers too. It’s gross. He folds when the pressure comes and makes mistakes I would expect out of a rookie QB. His stats are irrelavant…because of all the little 5 yard bombs he’s slinging…and he usually is throwing at less than 50% for the majority of the game anyway. He’s gross and it’s embarrassing…period.

    Huff was the worst player in the secondary yesterday, so I don’t understand why people are complementing his performance. Pat Lee played better than Huff. Branch is the leader of that secondary and I would rather see Giordano than Huff….at least he works hard and can make a damn tackle.

    We have an incompetent offense that is the worst I’ve seen since Art Shell came back for a run. Hue must be laughing his arse off right now. We have no pass rush and a hodge podge secondary. Our offensive line is a disaster like it always is when we try zone blocking….fact. Dmac is the same runningback…if not better…he has no lane and no chance. This was the defense our head coach ran last year and he couldn’t even get us in the endzone once.

    Bottom line is that we deserve all the criticism we are getting right now. I’m just irritated that we as fans apparently care more than the guys getting paid to care….again. Al was going a little loopy in the later years, but I never questioned his try. He always did what his crazy brain told him would help him win right away….not ten years later…and he would have never tolerated this team. In fact Allen and Knapp would probably not be working in Oakland today…at least not in football. Disgraceful and I blame the coaching staff and front office. Thank god for a bye so I don’t have to puke myself to sleep next Sunday.

  59. autumnwind999 says: Oct 2, 2012 11:06 AM

    Murfdeezy,
    I agree with some of what you say, but I think your take on Palmer is WAY OFF.

    How is Palmer usually completing “50% the majority of the game” when he’s completing more than 60% on the season? Guy is getting absolutely pummeled behind that offensive line and his receivers rarely get separation, yet he’s on pace for a 4,300 yard season and only has 2 INTs — and one of those was only because D-Moore slipped on the dirt infield in Oakland.

    Bottom line: Palmer has been the best player on this team this year and it’s not even close.

  60. murfdeezy says: Oct 3, 2012 1:32 AM

    If you watch the games you would know Palmer is not good. I told you the stats don’t tell the story…stats never tell the whole story. If you like Palmer, great….I disagree. If you are happy with a 60 percent completion percentage from a veteran QB throwing five yards at a time…okay…I’m not. The stats sure don’t show you that he has personally tanked at least three touchdowns this year…if not more….two last game. Guys are wide open and he completely misses them. Please don’t tell me our guys aren’t getting separation…that’s ridiculous. He overthrew Moore by ten yards and he was wide open. I don’t care if he throws for 10,000 yds this year. If he can’t put it in the endzone…it flat out doesn’t matter. That’s the cold hard truth. He is not the only problem. I would never say that…but I am not buying him as part of the solution either. Let Saunders run the offense and we’ll see….maybe he proves me wrong.

  61. murfdeezy says: Oct 3, 2012 1:34 AM

    It’s easy to pad your stats when you throw for five and the guy runs for twenty five more. Stats are just stats…what’s the scoreboard say?

  62. murfdeezy says: Oct 3, 2012 1:45 AM

    …and by the way…completing 50% for most of the game is exactly that. I don’t understand the confusion. You can look up stats on the internet if you want…it doesn’t change my opinion. I watch the games. I remember almost throwing up during the Pittsburgh game when he was somewhere in the neighborhood of 30% for most of the first half and Ben had like 200 yards already. Just because he gets some in late in the game and somehow averages 60% for the season….another irrelevant number….doesn’t mean that he wasn’t blowing it for two or three quarters prior to that….maybe that’s why we are throwing so much….we are behind. Here are some stats. He has 5 tds, 2 ints, and a fumble in four games and is averaging just over 6 yards a toss with a QB rating of 63….and 60% is cool?? You’re looking at the wrong stats dude. I’m not hating….but I think you are trying too hard to like him. I’m hopeful too….but not buying it. Sorry. Still gonna watch and bleed every week like you. Go Raiders.

  63. broncosnative says: Oct 3, 2012 11:06 AM

    Honestly, the raiders had a better system and were much better with cambell at QB, had he not got injured, I saw them winning the west with a 10+ win season. Raiders set themselves back big time by trading for a guy who was already on the downwards of his career and they still didn’t make the playoffs. In palmer’s 8 seasons with the Bengals, he’s only taken them to the playoffs once which they’ve lost. Instead of trading away away high round picks, they have could have played prior to see what he can bring trouble the table, sort of like what the broncos did with tebow. Who knows, they could’ve had RG3 or the other talented QBs from this pass draft. All in all, raiders has and still is tanking on QBs, how do you not know how to address the one important need on every football team

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