By the Numbers: Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos

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By the Numbers: Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos

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Steve Mitchell- US PRESSWIRE

The Oakland Raiders did not show up Sunday against the Denver Broncos and it resulted in a crushing 37-6 loss to their division rivals.

There are many things you can blame the loss on, but there are seven key stats which tell the story of the game. From not possessing the ball to not putting the Broncos’ offense in any trouble, there were many things that went wrong for the Raiders on Sunday.

Everything Oakland did right last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers they did wrong against Denver. The pass defense was not any better than last week, but the Raiders offense was as stagnant as can be. They only picked up 12 first downs the entire game and scrapped up a measly 237 yards of offense.

Credit to the Denver defense for shutting down everything Oakland wanted to do on offense, but the Raiders’ defense failed to do the same to Denver who had more than 500 yards of offense Sunday. Carson Palmer was sacked three times, an unusual feat for the Oakland offensive line which has done a good job of keeping Palmer off the dirt. However, the Raiders failed to get to Peyton Manning all game and he just sat back and picked the secondary apart.

The only good news out of the Mile High City was the Raiders won the turnover battle yet again, forcing a Broncos’ fumble and not turning the ball over at all. This is a positive step forward, but it does not overshadow the terrible numbers which follow in this slideshow.

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0- Punts by Denver

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Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Denver had 11 drives, seven of which ended in scores. The Broncos had the ball to end each half, they had a fumble end a drive and they failed on a fake field goal attempt. If you notice, that leaves no drives which stalled into a punt. Britton Colquitt only had one job on Sunday, holding the ball for extra points and field goals. This is something the Raiders need to fix in the coming weeks if they want to have success in the future and win football games.

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1- Oakland Third Down Conversion

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Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Oakland got itself into third downs on 12 occassions and only converted on one of them. Usually if you convert around 50 percent you're doing okay in a game, but to only convert once on third down is atrocious. Games are won and lost based on how you perform in key moments and the Raiders failed in the pressure moments Sunday.

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37:25- Denver's Time of Possession

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Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

It is commonly known that you need the football to be able to score. When one teams controls the ball 15 minutes more than the other team, there's a good chance the first team is going to win. This was certainly true Sunday when Denver kept the ball to itself and made Oakland look like the monkey in the middle trying to get it back.

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56- Oakland Rushing Yards

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Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Last week the Raiders' rushing attack finally took on some new life thanks to an 100-yard game by Darren McFadden, but that new juice never made it to Denver. Oakland was only able to pound out 56 yards rushing and Denver forced the Raiders to the air and sent the dogs after Palmer. A good, consistent rushing game should be at the heart of every team, but Oakland has yet to find that consistency.

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77- Denver plays

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Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

This goes back on the concept that you need the ball to score. Great offenses are able to run a lot of plays at a high tempo to tire out defenses. Manning is no doubt one of the best offensive engineers ever and he showed his prowess Sunday by running nearly 80 plays against Oakland, splitting the run and pass down the middle in terms of number of plays.

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112- Rushing Yards by Willis McGahee

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Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

If Oakland was going to beat Denver, it needed to make the Broncos one dimensional. Willis McGahee thrashed that concept by running for more than 100 yards Sunday. By allowing McGahee to get going on the ground, the Raiders opened up a can of worms from Manning in the passing game which they clearly were not ready for.

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338- Denver Passing Yards

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Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

Dennis Allen has not found a solution to the woes in the pass defense. Manning put on a passing clinic Sunday, completing 79 percent of his passes and going for nearly 350 yards in the air. Oakland better find a solution to the passing woes quickly or there is sure to be more air shows in Oakland to the dismay of Raider Nation.


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