Oakland Raiders Fall Flat in Prime Time: 7 Reasons Why
By the Numbers: Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos
The Raiders actually were in this game at halftime thanks to some impressive red zone defense, but they could not put any offense together when they needed it the most. It was a bad game for Carson Palmer, who completed 19 of 30 passes for 273 yards, but threw an interception and fumbled the ball. He was under constant pressure from the Broncos’ front seven and his receivers did not do him any favors by dropping passes. His numbers were actually inflated by a 58-yard throw to Rod Streater and the 56-yard touchdown pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey.
Darren McFadden returned to the lineup and caught a screen pass for a touchdown in addition to carrying the ball 11 times for 52 yards. That stat is also inflated by a 36-yard scamper in the second half. However, Brandon Myers was non-existent in the offense, catching one pass for seven yards and having the only other pass in his directed picked off.
Oakland’s defense played some excellent bend-but-don’t-break defense in the game, forcing Denver into four relatively short field goals. The Raiders also sacked Peyton Manning three times, although it was more like Manning fell down and was tagged by the Raiders. However, the defense could not stop the Broncos from moving down the field at will, giving up 428 yards of offense in more than 37 minutes on the field. Manning had another 300-yard passing performance and completed more than 70 percent of his passes. Knowshon Moreno ran for more than 100 yards to help keep some balance to the Denver offense.
The loss extends Oakland’s losing streak to six and gives Denver an eight-game winning streak.
4- Denver drives that didn't end in scores
Those four drives were an interception, two punts and the end of the game. Denver pretty much moved the ball at will on Oakland and the fact the Broncos scored on most possessions shows their dominance.
7- Denver drives into the red zone
The Broncos scored six times on those seven trips, two touchdowns and four field goals, but also ended the game while in the red zone. The Raiders had a tough time stopping Manning and the offense all night until it got inside the 20-yard line.
10- Denver points off Oakland turnovers
The Raiders only had two turnovers, but the Broncos made them pay dearly. The 10 points proved crucial in a game that at times looked like it could go either way.
11- Oakland penalties
If the yellow flags hit the field, the Raiders probably did something wrong. The 11 penalties were devastating with numerous flags negating big plays on both sides of the ball./p>
30- Denver first downs
It seemed like the Broncos were able to pick up first downs at will. Although it helped that Oakland gave Denver six first downs due to penalties.
37:19- Denver's time of possession
It's easy to win when you control the ball and the Broncos did an excellent job at that. Oakland could barely keep possession of the ball while Denver had four drives of 10 plays or more.
47- Oakland offensive plays
No team can win when they run less than 50 plays, let alone an offense as bad as the Raiders. Oakland's offense was so anemic it had eight drives that lasted four plays or less.