Peyton Manning spoils us into worrying about Broncos' win over Raiders for eighth straight

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Yeah, I know: It's ridiculous. We ought to be celebrating the Broncos' 26-13 victory over the Raiders in Oakland last night. After all, it's Denver's eighth straight win, and it keeps alive the chance that the team could move up in playoffs seeding. But damn it if Peyton Manning's transformation of this squad hasn't spoiled us into wondering, even as we enjoy each successive W, why the Broncos aren't even better....

As we pointed out yesterday in the introduction to our gallery of Raiders suck memes, the once fearsome Black and Silver has been tarnished so greatly that it's hard to get worked up about what was once among the NFL's most passionate rivalries.

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Mitch Unrein.
Granted, QB Carson Palmer had some good moments in the Black Hole last night, including a first-half touchdown drive executed with the sort of precision the Raiders have seldom demonstrated in recent years. But he still makes the sort of mistakes that have prevented him from attaining elite status (one of them wound up in Champ Bailey's arms), and his supporting cast isn't nearly good enough to make up for his shortcomings. Even Darren McFadden, who's scorched the Broncos D in the past, looked like a mere mortal -- a tribute to Von Miller and company, sure, but also an indication that the injury bug that's held him down since hitting the league may have left him permanently diminished.

Given these factors, the Broncos should have won the game in a rout, and during the first quarter, they appeared to be well on their way to doing so. The first drive almost ended in a three and out, but a blatant defensive holding penalty kept the offense on the field, allowing Manning to work his magic -- a spell that ended with a six yarder to Joel Dreessen for touchdown. But while the next drive seemed guaranteed to end in the same result, it sputtered instead, with Manning taking a huge sack -- one of a surprising three in the first half.

The result was a Matt Prater field goal try, and the ball sailed right through without the sort of slicing or fading that's made his kicking so nerve-racking of late. But while it's good to think he's gotten over his case of the yips, fans would rather see him booting extra points than three-pointers -- and over the course of the game, he only got to smash two of the former, as opposed to four of the latter. Even worse, one of his field goals came after Denver failed to convert a first and goal from the Raiders' one-yard line after Demaryius Thomas (who was dinged up during the game) drew an interference flag in the end zone.

As for the defense, Miller and Elvis Dumervil had a surprisingly difficult time reaching Palmer during the first part of the game. But by limiting McFadden, the Denver defenders were able to keep Oakland from doing much damage. Then, in the third quarter, Miller finally got to Carson, knocking the ball in the direction of Mitch Unrein, who's becoming a fan favorite -- he had a play or two on offense again this week, after catching a touchdown pass this past Sunday against Tampa Bay. And this time, the offense cashed in with a touchdown drive -- one two yards long.

Continue for more of our post about the Broncos' win over the Raiders, including two videos.

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I predicted winning the VERY weak AFC West, w/ a 10-6, ( 11-5 at best ), record back in the beginning August. I can't begin to express how happy I am to have underestimated the team as a whole & NOT just at the QB position. Even when most were QUICK to abandon the 'Peyton Bandwagon' during & immediately following a BRUTAL first 1/3 of the season, I held fast, convincing Roberts & the thousands I interact w/ via Yahoo Fantasy &, that Bronco fans need not worry. Just so long as Manning remains healthy.

'Any given Sunday' IS a reality, but more so at the beginning of a season when teams are working to correct the small mental errors. Yes,  it does occur late in the year but nowhere near as often as you'll see at season's start. This is more common following an injury of one of a team's superstars, & lack of dept to cover the loss. I was DEAD WRONG a cpl weeks back w/ my take on Moreno filling in for Willis.  20 + Fantasy points, Thursday night !!!!! AWESOME !!!!!

Elway's 'Republican Loving Ass' USED to be the greatest QB to ever don the Orange & Blue. John w/o question & deservingly so, is one of the Top Ten NFL QB's of all time, BEHIND Mr. Peyton Manning. Another championship IS coming to Denver w/i the next three seasons. ( At least one ! ) BET ON IT ! See points scored vs allowed, as well as Denver's dept at all positions.     ( ASIDE from QB ) The Broncos are only as good as Peyton's health. 

Last years Teblow miracle run was a fluke ! Denver will enter this postseason RESPECTED, unlike the year before.  We have the components for a , " This one's for Peyton ! ",  celebration come early February. I'm curious, where are all the Teblow worshipers that continued BAWLING throughout week 5 ? He'll be out of the NFL before Manning retires ! Teblow represents one of Denver's WORST 1st round picks in the history of the organization ! Moreno is quickly rushing his name from the list ! I can only hope he has left his 'IGNORANT' issues & way of life far behind and is ready to hoist the Lombardi w/ Manning & co ....

My lone complaint regarding Manning is the F'N commercials ! The 'Pappa Johns' are the worst! He makes enough scratch w/o the endorsements. Pass them off to Archie. Unlike his sons, he never signed a multimillion dollar pro contract & I'm sure could use the $$$  for a winter vacation home in Aspen next to Peyton's . I understand there are binding NFL advertising commitments, but ALL proceeds oughtta' go to a charity of his choice. I've got callus forming on my 'mute-button' finger from the abuse !

Brian Shurette
Brian Shurette

You should be happy you still have a job with the articles your editor chooses are newsworthy.

David Maestas
David Maestas

no. don't want to peak too early. There is no truly dominant NFL team this year. every team has their flaws and what matters most will be the games played in January.

Michael Bornstein
Michael Bornstein

The difference between winning and losing has to do with spelling you idiot ^^^^^

Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

"As we pointed out yesterday in the introduction to our gallery of Raiders suck memes, the once fearsome Black and Silver has been tarnished so greatly that it's hard to get worked up about what was once among the NFL's most passionate rivalries."

It hasn't kept the Broncos from getting destroyed at home multiple times over the last several years, and lest the smug Broncos fans think any differently, they won the division over the Raiders last season by a tiebreaker. With regard to the past, remember, the Raiders were in the Super Bowl more recently. It's not like the Broncos were blowing the doors off the league over the last decade.

All that aside, props to the Denver team. The Raiders are clearly in year zero of a rebuild, and the Broncos are definitely a contender this season. Keep it real, though.

Legen Dairy
Legen Dairy

Can't have a blow out every game. A win is a win.

Pat Angello
Pat Angello

Geez - be happy they won. This was a trap game, with Baltimore coming up next week. The Raiders are not a threat to anyone, which means they are taken lightly by good teams and can surprise anyone.

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