Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
In a messy game that featured sloppy play on both sides, the Broncos proved too much for the Raiders to overcome, despite Denver's offense stalling four times and settling for field goals off the leg of Matt Prater.
On the nigh Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning went 26-of-36 for 310 yards and a score while running back Knowshon Moreno gave balance to Denver's offense by rushing 32 times for 119 yards and another score.
On defense, outside linebacker Von Miller recorded yet another sack (his 16th of the season) while forcing a handful of holding calls throughout the night. Miller forced a fumble on his sack, bringing his season total to six, tying a team high (Elvis Dumervil has also recorded six this season).
The Broncos remain perfect in division play and will travel to Baltimore to take on the 9-3 Ravens next week in a game that will play a big part in the 2013 AFC Playoff picture,
Meanwhile, the struggling Raiders will take on the dismal Kansas City Chiefs at home in Week 15.
Peyton now improves to 5-2 all-time against the Raiders and 5-0 all-time on Thursday Night Football.
Here's the final box score from Oakland.
The Denver Broncos (10-3) have defeated the Oakland Raiders (3-10) on Thursday Night Football.
An impressive night for quarterback Peyton Manning...
At the 2:00 minute warning, the Broncos lead 26-13 and are deep in Oakland's territory. A few kneel downs will seal the victory for Denver.
Moreno has proved tonight that he can get the job done filling in for the injured Willis McGahee in Denver.
As the play clock winds down, Denver has been feeding Knowshon Moreno. On the night, Moreno has rushed 28 times for 106 yards and a score. Not a bad night for the former first round draft pick.
"When you've got Peyton Manning as your quarterback, you have a chance in every game. They (the Broncos) have a chance to be a Super Bowl team," said NFL Network's Mike Mayock.
A deep touchdown pass in garbage time gives makes the score 26-13 after a failed two-point conversion attempt by the Raiders.
If you're watching locally in Denver, take note...
The Raiders have played a sloppy game tonight...
Here's a look at tonight's numbers...
Lechler punts and Jim Leonhard calls for the fair catch at the 15 where the Broncos offense will take over.— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) December 7, 2012
Mike Adams slides as he stops. On the grass here in Oakland, you have to play the slide. It's like being on the red clay at the French Open.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) December 7, 2012
This sums up the Raiders game tonight...
Miller has been beating the off the edge all night. He has forced at least three penalties and has recorded one sack.
At the end of the third quarter, the Broncos lead 26-7.
Smarter fantasy football play would have been starting Matt Prater over Peyton Manning...— The Orange Page (@theorangepage) December 7, 2012
For the fourth time tonight, Denver's drive stalled and ended with a Matt Prater field goal. The Broncos now lead 26-7.
Manning has gone 21-of-29 for 276 yards and a touchdown tonight.
After another Raiders punt, the Broncos will get the ball back with 3:46 left in the third quarter with a 23-7 lead.
Moreno had to fight hard to get in on that touchdown run...
A short touchdown run by Knowshon Moreno has given the Broncos a 23-7 lead in the third quarter.
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