Raiders vs. Broncos: Live Game Grades and Analysis for Denver

Travis Wakeman@@traviswakeman10Featured Columnist IVSeptember 23, 2013

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 30:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos looks to pass against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on September 30, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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The Denver Broncos improved to 3-0 on the season following a 16-point victory over the Oakland Raiders on Monday Night Football.

This marks the fourth straight time Denver has defeated Oakland in this AFC West division rivalry. Denver had 31 first downs in the game to 13 for the Raiders, and it also out-gained them by 192 yards in total offense.

The Broncos will next play host to the Philadelphia Eagles (1-2) on Sunday from Sports Authority Field.

Final Score

Broncos 37

Raiders 21

Final Analysis

Passing Offense: Peyton Manning added to his already terrific 2013 season with a 374-yard performance on 32-of-37 passing. He threw three first-half touchdowns and carved up the Oakland defense by hitting eight different receivers in the game.

Passing Defense: Terrelle Pryor ended up throwing for 281 yards while completing 19 of his 28 pass attempts. Darren McFadden also tossed a 16-yard touchdown on a halfback pass in the third quarter.

The Raiders did a lot of their work against a depleted secondary, as Champ Bailey missed the game and Tony Carter and Duke Ihenacho left with injuries.

Rushing Offense: Much like they did last week, the Broncos were able to find success with their running game in the second half.

Carrying a big lead, the Broncos turned to Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball. Hillman gained 66 yards on nine carries and had a touchdown run. Ball did cough up a fumble in the fourth quarter.

Rushing Defense: The Broncos completely shut down the Raiders' running attack, holding McFadden to nine yards on 12 carries. As a team, the Raiders gained just 49 yards on the ground and averaged just 2.9 yards per carry.

Special Teams: It was a good night for kicker Matt Prater as he connected on three field goals, all of which came from 40 yards or longer. He was also good on all four of his extra points, netting 13 points for himself in the game.

Coaching: This was an excellent effort by all involved on the coaching staff. Denver was able to get a big lead and never looked back. It was able to pound the ball on the ground in the second half to close out the win.

Denver did have a few issues making tackles, so perhaps that will be a focal point in practice this week.


DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 23:   Robert Ayers #91 of the Denver Broncos celebrates sacking  Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Oakland Raiders in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 23, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensin
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First-Half Analysis

Passing Offense: Manning is having another incredible game, throwing three first-half touchdown passes. He has completed 21 of 24 passes for 264 yards and is just having his way with the Oakland defense.

The 12 touchdown passes he has thrown this season are the most in NFL history through three games.

Passing Defense: Other than one miscue in the second quarter, the Broncos have held Pryor and the Raiders' passing game in check.

Denarius Moore was able to catch a pass and shake a tackle before racing 73 yards for a touchdown. That play accounted for more than half of Pryor's 115 passing yards.

Rushing Offense: Because the Broncos have thrown the ball so well, they haven't needed much out of the running game. They averaged 4.2 yards per carry on 13 attempts in the first half.

Knowshon Moreno led the way with 30 yards on the ground.

Rushing Defense: The Raiders have not been able to get the running game going whatsoever in the first half as the Broncos have totally shut down McFadden, holding him to nine yards on seven carries.

The biggest threat to run the ball for the Raiders is easily Pryor, who has 32 yards thus far.

Special Teams: Prater has kicked two field goals in the first half, one from 53 yards. He is now 16-of-21 in his career on attempts from more than 50 yards.

Trindon Holliday has found some seams in the Oakland defense on his two punt returns, but it has kept him from breaking a big play.

Coaching: The Broncos' coaching staff was well prepared for this game. The offensive play-calling has been excellent and has put a lot of pressure on the Oakland defense.

On the defensive side of the ball, they have done a good job of using linebackers to spy Pryor, and they are clearly wary of his big-play ability.


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