Broncos cruise to big win over Raiders on Monday night

Reuters

Peyton Manning threw just five incomplete passes in racking up 374 yards and three touchdowns against the Oakland Raiders as the Denver Broncos cruised to a 37-21 victory on Monday night.

Manning set an NFL record for touchdown passes in the first three games of a season. Manning threw touchdown passes to Eric Decker, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas in the first half to give him 12 touchdown passes already this season.

The Broncos posted 534 yards of total offense on the night as the Raiders just couldn’t slow down Denver’s offense. Denver punted just once all night. The Broncos scored points on seven of their first 10 drives of the game with two lost fumbles and a lone punt being the only non-scoring possessions.

Matt Prater kicked three field goals and Ronnie Hillman added a 1-yard touchdown run for the Broncos.

Terrelle Pryor played well for the Raiders but Oakland couldn’t get any running game going to support him. Pryor finished as the team’s leading rusher with 36 yards on four carries. Darren McFadden carried 12 times for nine yards and Jacoby Ford had one carry for four yards.

That put the game on Pryor to move the Oakland offense through the air and he was fairly successful in the process. Pryor finished with 281 yards and a touchdown on 19 of 28 attempts. A 73-yard touchdown pass from Pryor to Denarius Moore was the only points of the first half. McFadden also tossed a 16-yard touchdown on a halfback pass in the fourth quarter and scored on a 1-yard touchdown run late.

Pryor left for the locker room with four minutes left to play and was replaced by Matt Flynn.

The Broncos join the Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks as the only teams to start the season 3-0. They will host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. The Raiders will see Robert Griffin III and the 0-3 Washington Redskins next week.

26 responses to “Broncos cruise to big win over Raiders on Monday night

  1. Great win…

    Manning had them humming and the D played well.

    But… the two turnovers still left a bitter taste.

    Pryor played well, that kid’s got a good head on those shoulders. Some awesome passes on the run.

  2. Don’t get me wrong here Denver you have a Awesome Team awesome team.I just wanna ask though who did Elway and company have to sleep with to get that schedule?
    It don’t get much easier than that one after a 13-3 year

    Again not hating on Denver at all

  3. Was really just looking for something more competitive to watch tonight. Sorry MNF but you have lost a certain something. Thursday Night and Sunday night are typically more compelling TV now.

  4. Beating the raiders is a big win? Look at the broncos’ schedule and tell me how many “big” wins there are. Let’s talk about “big” wins in the playoffs.

  5. The Broncos are handling business the way an elite team should. Cant wait to get Von and Champ back. Montee Ball’s fumbling problem could be an issue. With the way Knowshon and Ronnie are running I say he should be benched for a while, give him the David Wilson treatment. But man that offense is unstoppable. Ive never seen an offense with that level of talent and depth. You’d need an off game by Peyton or 11 probowlers on defense to slow them down.

  6. Thoughts for Raiders fans:
    1) Pryor – no turnovers, made the most of plays, good reads and some nice touch passes. Didn’t get a lot of help with untimely penalties and drops, but a respectable job. Manning is at his peak and tough to beat.
    2) Running game – would have liked to see Reece with more touches as a change up, but not sure it would have helped much.
    3) D – needs work. Hayden getting moved around too much, but liked the takeaways, the hustle and mental composure in a bad situation.
    4) Overall love that they fought til the end. Against a lesser team, that L turns into a W.
    5) Liked Gruden’s commentary. Tirico was over the top for Manning and didn’t appreciate his “not ready for this stage” snide remarks.
    Raiders aim to be 3-2 after week 5. Go Raiders!

  7. I’m a Ravens fan but so far, I have to admit I think at this point in the season, Its the Broncos in the AFC and the Seahawks in the NFC.
    But like my love life, it’s subject to change.

  8. wow we lose by 16 and media says we got clobbered ..not here but other sports web sights and yet the 49er lose to colts by 20 and they made it sound like a nail biter ..

  9. Look, I am a huge Saints fan and think we have a hell of a team, but let’s just give Denver the trophy now and get it over with! They are a badass team! Who Dat Go Saints! Brees is still better than Manning! ; )

  10. Tirico said we weren’t ready for this stage? I wonder what he thinks of two 0-3 teams going to the UK to show them what American Football is all about. LOL

  11. If you think the Broncos schedule is easy, check out the Patriots. Only three teams on their schedule had winning records, and, to date, no team has a winning record.

  12. Denver’s first lost will be to the Chiefs. Manning hasn’t faced a stout defense yet! Look at their remaining schedule:

    W4: Eagles
    W5: Cowboys
    W6: Jaguars
    W7: Colts
    W8: Skins
    W9: Chargers
    W10: CHIEFS

  13. Lol @ McFadden. What a joke.

    And that has to be the worst secondary I’ve seen this year. Just awful.

    That defense never got close to laying a finger on Manning. They’re a lot worse than I thought, and I thought they were terrible before.

    All that said, we all know how this ends for the donkeys. Regular seasons champs. Post season chumps.

  14. It’s easy to look good when no defender bothers to get within 20 feet of your WRs even in the red zone. There were a couple of TD replays where I wasn’t sure it was from the game, or pregame warmups. Broncos are a legit 3-0 but some teams later on their schedule will not make it so easy.

  15. Considering the myriad of combinations that have been used on the offensive line in just 3 games, they are’nt doing that bad. With that said, please slow down on the “read option”. Against the better teams you are going to get Pryor killed.

    Tarver?? Your game plan was to play your safeties almost 30 yards off the line of scrimmage? Really? Then you put them on the line and Manning throws right over them? And can you please start Hayden? Let him take his lumps but watching Jenkins get beat repeatedly is getting old. Welker abused him.

    This team can be .500 this season but the coaching has to get much better for that to happen!!!!

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