Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos: NFL Week 4 Live Score, Video and Analysis
Raiders Are Just What the Broncos Needed
Following two straight losses, and three weeks of the Denver defense looking overwhelmed, the Broncos will feel better after today's game.
Denver stormed past the Raiders on Sunday in Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium in a game that showed what this team is capable of when they have a good start.
Denver started strong, scoring on its first two possessions but then seemed to stop themselves for the remainder of the first half.
Denver managed to lead at halftime 10-6.
But it was all Broncos in the second half.
The Broncos scored three touchdowns in the third quarter to blow this game open and they never looked back.
Peyton Manning went 30/38 for 338 and three touchdowns.
Willis McGahee ran the ball 19 times for 112 yards and a touchdown.
Yet for all of the offensive fireworks the Denver defense may have been the biggest key.
Keep in mind that Oakland had won the previous four games in Denver.
Also keep in mind that Raider running backs had carried the ball for 150, 165, 133, and 107 yards in those four games.
The Denver defense was having none of that today. They held Raider running back Darren McFadden to just 34 yards on 13 carries.
They also gave Raider quarterback Carson Palmer a reason to stay in bed on Monday.
Palmer managed to go 19/34 for 202 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. And while Palmer was only sacked three times; it was the hurries and the hits that will have him feeling blue in the morning.
After allowing 58 point in the past two weeks the Broncos held the Raiders to just six points and a fourth quarter comeback was not needed for a change.
The one negative for Denver is the loss of starting center JD Walton who left with what appeared to be an ankle injury and never returned.
Raiders 6 Broncos 37
:27 4th Quarter
Facing 4th and 18 the Raiders take a timeout on the Denver 26 yard line.
I think they are just hoping to end this game on a positive note today.
The Raiders will come up short on 4th down and that is going to do it here in Denver.
Raiders 6 Broncos 37
Following today's game the standings in the AFC West will be as follows:
San Diego 3-1
Kansas City 1-3
1:55 4th Quarter
Two minute warning in Denver. The Raiders offense is trying to put together a scoring drive, They are currently at the Denver 45 yard line.
3:48 4th Quarter
Broncos consume 6:47 of the clock and Matt Prater hits his third field goal of the day. This one is from 53 yards and may have been good from 63.
Raiders 6 Broncos 37
Broncos QB Peyton Manning has posted his 65th career 3-pass TD game. Only Favre (72) has more in NFL history.— Patrick Smyth (@psmyth12) September 30, 2012
11:00 4th Quarter
Denver's offense takes over on their own 24 yard line and will most likely look to work this clock.
11:48 4th Quarter
Raiders' quarterback Carson Palmer is taking a beating today.
He has really been taking some shots from the Denver defense.
Meanwhile Peyton Manning has barely been touched all day.
12:56 4th Quarter
Bronco kicker Matt Prater hits his second field goal of the day making a 43 yarder.
Raiders 6 Broncos 34
End of the 3rd Quarter
While the Broncos defense has held Darren McFadden in check for most of the day, the Raiders are struggling with Willis McGahee.
McGahee now has 16 carries for 100 yards and a touchdown on the day.
Hope this is nothing serious.
Debbie Downer alert: Elvis Dumveril limps to the sideline.— Lindsay Jones (@PostBroncos) September 30, 2012
Word from the stadium is that he is sitting on the bench but not being looked at.
Another three and out by the Oakland offense.
Lechler to punt again and now you have to give the ball back to the Denver offense that is red hot right now.
3:52 3rd Quarter
The Broncos go right down the field and Peyton Manning hits running back Lance Ball for a 14 yard touchdown pass.
This Raider team may be giving up.
Raiders 6 Broncos 31
The Oakland Raiders have beat the Broncos here in Denver over the past four seasons.
That may be coming to an end today and the biggest key has been the Broncos defense stopping the Raider running game.
Darren McFadden has 13 carries for just 34 yards today.
6:53 3rd Quarter
Big stop by the Denver defense on 3rd and short with linebacker Von Miller leading the charge. Denver drops McFadden for a two yard loss.
McGahee 2 yard touchdown run. Broncos capitalize on the big special teams play.— Lindsay Jones (@PostBroncos) September 30, 2012
7:30 3rd Quarter
Denver wastes no time capitalizing on the blocked punt. Willis McGahee runs it in from two yards out for the touchdown.
Raiders 6 Broncos 24.
9:05 3rd Quarter
Bronco special teamer David Bruton extends his hand out and actually blocks Shane Lechler's punt. Ball will be downed at the Raider 20 yard line.
9:35 3rd Quarter
Carson Palmer throws the deep ball for Derek Hagan but he and Denver safety Mike Adams get tangled and the ball falls incomplete.
Raider fans are looking for a penalty but I think the officials ruled that it was incidental contact.
TOUCHDOWN DENVER! manning, who is on fire btw, find Decker and the Broncos now lead 17-6.— AnyGivenSundayNight (@UKNFL) September 30, 2012
10:08 3rd Quarter
Well designed play by the Denver offense to get wide receiver Eric Decker a quick screen and he breaks down the sideline for a 17 yard touchdown.
Raiders 6 Broncos 17
11:32 3rd Quarter
Rookie Ronnie Hillman makes a shifty run after the catch and picks up 29 yards.
Denver is inside the 20. First truly big play for Hillman on the season.
14:10 3rd Quarter
Well run play by the Raiders on third down but Denarius Moore comes back too far and fails to get the first down. Moore was short by maybe a half yard on a comeback route.
Raiders are punting again.
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