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Yes, the Broncos won, 37-21.
But not all was perfect in Monday night's game. It is true that with the Broncos playing with a cushion lead, they went into a prevent defense mode for a large part of the second half. They played a lot of soft zone coverage.
This enabled Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor to find open receivers through open holes.
Earlier in the game, he completed a 73-yard pass to his receiver, Denarius Moore, with most of the yards being gained after the catch due to poor tackling by the backfield.
As the game wore on, Pryor completed several passes that went for at least 15 yards. He would finish the game 19-of-28 for 281 yards, a touchdown and zero interceptions before suffering a concussion.
The Broncos struggled with pass-interference penalties in Week 2's victory over the New York Giants.
Yes, with the offense playing at a record rate combined with the defense's ability to shut down the run, it has put more pressure on the defensive backfield than any unit on the Broncos roster.
And although it may not be magnified with Peyton Manning playing at an unstoppable level, while leading the Broncos to a 3-0 record, there are issues with consistency from the defensive backfield.
It has not come close to costing the Broncos victories in September, but it may if the issues continue to arise late in the season.