Final Score: Denver 26, Oakland 13
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Led by a resurgent Peyton Manning, the Denver
Broncos are on a roll.
And now the AFC West champs are eyeing a potential first-round bye following
their eighth straight win.
Manning tallied his 5,000th career completion and threw for 310 yards and a
touchdown in the Broncos' 26-13 win over the Oakland Raiders.
Manning joined Brett Favre (6,400) as the only NFL quarterbacks with 5,000-
Manning, who completed 26-of-36 passes, has tossed 19 touchdowns and seven
interceptions during his torrid eight-game stretch for Denver (10-3), which is
in the midst of its longest winning streak since the 1998 squad began the year
The Broncos were tied with the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens for
the No. 2 seed in the AFC coming in, but sat fourth in the standings based on
Denver visits Baltimore next Sunday.
Knowshon Moreno finished with 119 yards rushing and a score on a career-high
32 carries, while Eric Decker recorded eight receptions for 88 yards in the
"I thought the running game was solid," Manning said. "Coach Fox challenged
the offensive line and challenged the running game."
Oakland, meanwhile, is headed in the complete opposite direction.
Carson Palmer had 273 yards through the air on 19-of-30 efficiency with two
scores and an interception for the Raiders (3-10), who suffered their sixth
Raiders head coach and former Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen
returned to the sidelines Thursday following the death of his father, Grady
Allen. The former NFL linebacker was originally hospitalized last week with
heart problems and passed away at the age of 66 on Tuesday.
"I took my father off life support, and that's not easy to do," Allen said.
"So was it hard? Yeah, it was hard. But I know my father would want me to be
here with this football team, and I wanted to be here with this football team.
So I'm sure you guys can imagine it wasn't an easy situation."
Darren McFadden returned after missing the previous four games with an injured
ankle and finished with 52 yards on the ground -- 36 coming on the first play
of the second half -- on 11 totes. He added a touchdown reception.
Already holding a 13-0 advantage midway through the second quarter, the
Broncos drove to the Oakland 28, but Phillip Adams made a diving interception
at the goal line on an under thrown Manning pass intended for Matthew Willis
in the back right corner of the end zone.
Oakland, which had been outgained in yards by a 222-78 count, took its ensuing
drive 80 yards in 14 plays.
Palmer's 6-yard screen pass to McFadden capped the 6:33 march, the longest
Oakland trek of the year, and cut the margin to 13-7 late in the second.
After McFadden's 36-yard burst to start the third put the ball at the Denver
44, the Broncos defense stood tall and forced a punt four snaps later.
Manning led his troops on a 10-play, 89-yard trek before Matt Prater nailed a
20-yard field goal, which extended the Broncos' edge to 16-7 midway through
Von Miller strip-sacked Palmer on the third snap of Oakland's next touch and
Mitch Unrein pounced on the loose ball at the Oakland 2. Moreno crossed the
plane two plays later to make it 23-7.
Prater added a 33-yard field goal late in the frame and Palmer found Darrius
Heyward-Bey for a 56-yard score in the fourth to cap the scoring.
Earlier, Manning converted three third downs on Denver's initial drive of the
game before concluding the 68-yard march with his 30th TD pass of the year, a
6-yard flip to Joel Dreesen.
"It was nice to get that first drive for a touchdown," Manning said. "Had some
good drives after that, obviously in the red zone we'd like to score more
touchdowns ... Good job moving the ball."
Prater booted through a 43-yard field goal on Denver's next trek and added a
34-yarder early in the second, which made it 13-0.
Denver swept the season series against Oakland for the first time since 2006
... Manning registered his record 12th season with at least 10 victories as a
starting quarterback ... The Raiders' six-game skid is their longest since
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