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

Travis Wakeman@@traviswakeman10Featured Columnist IVDecember 29, 2013

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 29:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos is congratulated by head coach John Fox after Manning threw Demaryius Thomas #88 a five-yard touchdown pass that broke the single season passing yard record during their game against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum on December 29, 2013 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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It has been a memorable season for the Denver Broncos and their quarterback Peyton Manning. On Sunday, they closed out the regular season with a 34-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders.

Manning added to his record for passing touchdowns in a season and broke the record for passing yardage in a season.

Denver Broncos Game Grades
Positional Unit1st-Half GradeFinal Grade
Passing OffenseA+A-
Passing DefenseAB+
Rushing OffenseBB+
Rushing DefenseA+A
Special TeamsBB
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He finishes the regular season with 55 touchdowns and 5,477 yards.

With the win, the Broncos also clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs for the second-consecutive season.

Final Analysis for the Denver Broncos

Passing Offense: Holding a 31-0 lead entering the second half, Denver elected to rest Manning and play Brock Osweiler. This was the most playing time Osweiler has been given in the regular season since being drafted, and he threw for 85 yards.

Passing Defense: Though Terrelle Pryor did throw two touchdown passes in the second half, the game was already in hand. All in all, Denver did a good job of defending him.

Rushing Offense: Denver ran for 129 yards as a team with Montee Ball getting the biggest chunk of that, totaling 72 yards on 10 carries.

Rushing Defense: Oakland running backs Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings gained just 15 total yards rushing in this game.

Special Teams: Pro Bowl kicker Matt Prater booted two more field goals, one from 34 yards out and another from 54.

Coaching: With all of the records in the book and a sizable lead, it was the right decision to let Manning sit out the second half.

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 29:  Andre Caldwell #12 of the Denver Broncos catches a pass over Chimdi Chekwa #35 and Charles Woodson #24 of the Oakland Raiders during the first quarter at Coliseum on December 29, 2013 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by The
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First-Half Analysis for the Denver Broncos

Passing Offense: Manning has been incredible so far today. He went 25-for-28 passing and threw four touchdowns in the first half.

Passing Defense: Oakland quarterback Pryor threw for just 35 yards in the first half. Linebacker Nate Irving was able to get a big sack on Pryor, slinging him to the ground by his jersey.

Rushing Offense: Denver ran for 58 yards in the first half but both Knowshon Moreno and Ball were more involved in the passing game. Together, they caught eight passes for 63 yards.

Rushing Defense: Pryor is the Raiders' leading rusher at halftime—he has a total of 12 yards.

Special Teams: The Broncos nearly added to their lead before halftime as Oakland kick returner Taiwan Jones coughed the ball up. Oakland recovered, but Jones was injured on the play.

Coaching: John Fox clearly wanted the team to come out sharper than they have in recent weeks and they have done so. Denver is playing one of their most complete games of the season to this point.


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