The Broncos improved their record to 10-3 with Thursday night’s 26-13 victory over AFC West rival Oakland. The victory extends the team’s winning streak to eight games and gives it a 5-0 record in the AFC West.
Denver jumped out to a 13-0 lead as both the offense and defense got off to strong starts. The Broncos got into the end zone on their first drive of the game when quarterback Peyton Manning found tight end Joel Dreessen for a 6-yard touchdown pass to cap a 10-play, 68-yard scoring drive.
The defense forced Oakland into a three-and-out and an interception on the Raiders’ first two possessions, and Denver converted those stops into a pair of Matt Prater field goals for the first 13 points of the game.
The Raiders got on the board in the second quarter with a 6-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Carson Palmer to running back Darren McFadden, and the Broncos led 13-7 at halftime.
But Denver added 13 unanswered points in the third quarter, including two more Prater field goals and a 1-yard touchdown run by running back Knowshon Moreno. Moreno’s touchdown run was set up by the defense, as linebacker Von Miller forced a Palmer fumble that defensive tackle Mitch Unrein recovered inside the Oakland 5-yard line.
The final score of the evening came on a 56-yard touchdown reception by Oakland WR Darrius Heyward-Bey.
On the night, Manning led the Denver offense to 30 first downs by completing 26 of his 36 pass attempts for 310 yards and one touchdown. The Broncos’ offensive attack was balanced out by a solid performance by Moreno, who picked up 119 yards and one touchdown on 32 carries, and also added four catches for 48 yards.