Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos 9/23/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Denver Broncos 37, Oakland Raiders 21
September 23, 2013
Monday night’s Broncos-Raiders matchup was a familiar sight for football fans. These two teams have met up on “Monday Night Football” more than any other duo, and they’ve got a healthy rivalry to show for it. Denver came into the game at a rousing 2-0 after destroying their first pair of opponents. Meanwhile, the 1-1 Raiders were looking to make a statement against the top offense in the league.
Let’s take a look at the numbers and see exactly what happened in this one, then we’ll glance ahead to Week 4 to see what we should be expecting in the days to come.
What Happened: Like so many other games this week, this one started as a complete and utter blowout, then got a little closer as the clock wore on. Denver didn’t allow Oakland to get too close, however, as they took an early 17-0 lead, then after the Raiders cut it to 17-7, they promptly scored a TD again four plays later. The Broncos’ offense was humming, and they cruised to a 37-21 victory. That makes 14 straight regular-season wins for Denver, which ties the franchise record from 1998.
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The Stars: Peyton, Peyton, Peyton. The man is utterly on fire right now. He made the Raiders defense look like a pee-wee league team with his 32-for-37 passing line, 374 yards and three touchdowns. He’s thrown 12 touchdowns so far this year and still has no interceptions. That ties a record set by Michael Vick in 2010. Helping Manning out were Eric Decker (133 yards and a score), Julius Thomas (37 yards and a score), and Wes Welker (84 yards and a score). The running game was also pretty solid as well, split between the three-headed monster of Montee Ball, Knowshon Moreno and Ronnie Hillman.
For the Raiders, there were a few bright spots as well. Terrelle Pryor finished 19-for-28 for 281 and a score, then added 36 yards on four rushes. Denarius Moore was the main beneficiary of the passing game, with 124 yards and a TD on six grabs.
The Goats: It’s hard to put the blame on any one person here; the ‘85 Bears would have a tough time slowing Peyton down this season. We will call out the Raiders running game, though: Darren McFadden managed only nine yards on 12 attempts. Much of that was due to a stout effort by the Denver defense. If you’re going to beat a Manning team, you’ve got to control the ball and the clock with a fluid rush, though, and Oakland didn’t do that.
On the other side, Montee Ball lost a fumble, and blindside man Chris Clark allowed a strip-sack. Really, that’s just nitpicking, though.
Injuries: This loss may end up costing the Raiders dearly. Pryor left the game late with a concussion after being hit in the head by a Broncos LB on a designed QB run. He stayed in the game briefly, but then came out in favor of Matt Flynn. We’ll keep an eye on him this week and let you know what his status is for Week 4.
For Denver, they were down a pair of defensive backs, both to ankle injuries. Duke Ihenacho and Tony Carter both ended up leaving the game.
Outlook: Oakland gets a pretty soft landing next week in the struggling 0-3 Redskins, which is exactly what they need to cure their ailments. A big win there (and a healthy Pryor) would reenergize their season.
Denver, meanwhile, will host 1-2 Philadelphia. They’re coming off an ugly loss to the Chiefs that showed some holes in their big-play offense.
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