Manning, Broncos overwhelm Oakland
BY JOSH DUBOW Associated Press
Friday, December 07, 2012
12/07/12 at 5:48 AM
OAKLAND, Calif. - After overwhelming another overmatched division rival, Peyton Manning and the streaking Denver Broncos can turn their attention to much more meaningful opponents.
Manning threw for 310 yards and had his 30th touchdown pass of the season on the game's opening drive to help the Broncos roll to their eighth straight victory, 26-13 over the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night.
Knowshon Moreno ran for 119 yards and a score on a career-high 32 carries, and Matt Prater kicked four field goals to help the Broncos (10-3) move a half-game ahead of New England and Baltimore for the second-best record in the AFC.
Denver visits Baltimore next week in a game that will help decide who gets a first-round playoff bye.
Carson Palmer threw one interception that thwarted a possible scoring chance for the Raiders (3-10) and lost a fumble that set up a touchdown for the Broncos as Oakland lost its sixth straight game. This is the team's longest skid since also losing six in a row in 2007.
Broncos 26, Raiders 13
Den: Dreessen 6 pass from Manning (Prater kick), 10:30.
Den: FG Prater 43, 5:09.
Den: FG Prater 34, 13:39.
Oak: McFadden 6 pass from Palmer (Janikowski kick), 1:59.
Den: FG Prater 20, 7:30.
Den: Moreno 1 run (Prater kick), 5:07.
Den: FG Prater 33, :19.
Oak: Heyward-Bey 56 pass from Palmer (pass failed), 5:36.
Total Net Yards||428||324|
Time of Possession||37:19||22:41|
Rushing: Denver, Moreno 32-119, Hillman 4-24, Manning 3-(minus 3). Oakland, McFadden 11-52, Reece 4-10, Palmer 1-(minus 1).
Passing: Denver, Manning 26-36-1-310. Oakland, Palmer 19-30-1-273.
Receiving: Denver, Decker 8-88, D.Thomas 5-83, Dreessen 5-30, Moreno 4-48, Tamme 2-24, Willis 1-19, Caldwell 1-18. Oakland, Heyward-Bey 5-82, Streater 4-100, Moore 4-43, Criner 2-24, McFadden 2-12, Myers 1-7, Reece 1-5.
Missed field goals: None.