By GEOFF MEHL, Guest Reporter
Peyton Manning is the sure-fire leader of the Denver Broncos. He led his team Thursday night to their eighth straight win, defeating the Oakland Raiders, 26-13, in an AFC West division battle.
Denver gained 428 yards of total offense in the game led by Manning and running back Knowshon Moreno, who led the team in rushing with 32 carries for 119 yards.
Manning threw for 310 yards, completing on 26 passes on 36 attempts, with a touchdown and an interception. Bronco kicker Matt Prater went 4-4, scoring 14 of the Denver 26 points. His longest kick came from 43 yards out.
Oakland was pressured by the Bronco defense all evening. Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer led the team on offense with 273 yards, completing on 19 passes on 30 attempts. He also had two touchdowns and one interception.
Wide receiver Darius Heyward-Bey led the team receiving with five catches for 82 yards and a touchdown.
The Bronco’s key score of the game came with 5:14 left in the fourth quarter. Oakland had the ball on its own 11 yard line. Palmer was sacked on the Raiders three-yard line, by linebacker Von Miller and the Bronco’s recovered the fumble, all while gaining a yard in the process.
Then from the two-yard line, the Broncos handed it off to Moreno twice. Moreno got in on his second try for a touchdown to put Denver up 23-7. The Bronco’s wouldn’t look back and would add another field goal later in the game.
Next week Oakland will look to help salvage the season by heading to Carolina to play the Panthers at 1:00 p.m. on CBS. Peyton Manning and the Broncos will look to add to the win total by hosting the Cleveland Browns at 4:05 on CBS.