Broncos Sink Raiders 41-17

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos overcame a slow start to defeat the Oakland Raiders and improve to 7-2.

OAKLAND, Calif. -- It wasn’t always so easy.

In fact, QB Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos struggled early against the Raiders, as Manning threw two interceptions that the Raiders converted into a 10-6 lead. They roared back to a 41-17 victory on the back of five unanswered Peyton Manning TDs, two to both WR Emmanuel Sanders and TE Julius Thomas, and one to RB C.J. Anderson on a highlight-reel 51-yard play.

CB D.J. Hayden’s interception on the second Denver play from scrimmage led to an Oakland field goal. Later, DE Justin Tuck’s athletic deflection and pick set the Raiders up at the Broncos’ 12 yard line. That TD was the last points Oakland would score until garbage time.

Manning notched a passer rating of 111.9 in three quarters, and gave way to QB Brock Osweiler in the fourth. Osweiler completed 2 of 5 for 13 yards, including rookie WR Cody Latimer’s first NFL catch. The bubble screen went for 9 yards.

Offensively, Anderson was the star of the game. He had had 154 career yards from scrimmage coming into the game but notched 163 against the Raiders. His 13 carries for 90 yards was a game high, and his 4 catches for 73 yards was second-best to WR Demaryius Thomas. His electrifying touchdown gave the Broncos a 13-10 lead that they would not relinquish for the remainder of the game.

Demaryius Thomas continued a simply astounding season with 11 catches for 108 yards. After being held to 13 catches for 141 yards and a TD in the first 3 games, he has reeled off a franchise-record 6 consecutive games with 100+ yards receiving. He trails only Calvin Johnson’s 8 games in 2012 for the NFL record.

Although the defense was unable to notch any sacks on rookie QB Derek Carr, they did force 3 turnovers. S T.J. Ward and rookie CB Bradley Roby both intercepted Carr and CB Chris Harris, Jr. (he of the recent contract extension negotiations) recovered a fumble on a play that can only be described as a fluke. After Carr had to get rid of the football to OG Khalif Barnes under pressure, Barnes fumbled and the ball was recovered by Denver. Carr finished 30 of 47 (63.8%) for 192 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs – a passer rating of 68.8. The Raiders were also held to 2.0 yards per carry on 15 attempts.

Denver next travels to face the St. Louis Rams.

Lucas Polglaze is the Editor-in-Chief for Mile High Huddle. Find him on Google +, Twitter, and Facebook.

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