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Broncos Gameday Live Report: Raiders at Broncos

Published: September 23, 2013, 5:16 pm, by Paul Klee

DENVER — How good is this Broncos offense?

Peyton Manning’s crew entered Monday Night Football having scored 90 points. Two teams had more — and they needed three games to do it.

Make that 127 points through three games. The Broncos thumped the Raiders 37-20 before 76,106 at Sports Authority Field.

In building a 27-7 halftime, Manning had a passer rating of 152.1 (158.3 is perfect). He finished with 374 passing yards and still hasn’t thrown an interception this season.

More coverage coming in Tuesday’s Gazette.

Gazette.com Broncos Gameday Live Report — Broncos 27, Raiders 7 — Mile High — Halftime

—The Broncos’ 319 yards are their most in a first half since September, 2008.

—How long will we see Peyton Manning tonight? The fourth quarter might be time to Brock and Roll.

—Consider this: Broncos have 16 first downs. Raiders have 25 total plays.

—Peyton set another record in the first half: 12 touchdown passes over the first three games. He has yet to throw an interception.

—How can one team be so bad for so long? We’re going on more than a decade of ineptitude in Oakland.

—Chris Clark answering many questions with his performance in place of Ryan Clady tonight. He’s doing work on Doherty grad Lamarr Houston so far.

—I’m going there: We’re watching the greatest offense in NFL history. Read about it in Tuesday’s Gazette.

Back in a few.


Gazette.com Broncos Gameday Live Report — Broncos 17, Raiders 7 — Mile High — 5:57 left in second quarter

—Wes Welker showing a veteran’s eye on that touchdown reception. Shedded his defender.

As I wrote here, Kayvon Webster remains the best draft pick the Broncos made in 2013. Two thumps on one series. He needs more playing time. Kid can ball out.

—The draft picks ahead of Webster? Sylvester Williams and Montee Ball. No-shows so far.

—The Raiders will be fortunate to score tonight.

—The Raiders have been awful for a decade. Hard to believe. Reason No. 317 why Pat Bowlen probably deserves a spot on Colorado Sports’ Mount Rushmore. The Broncos are almost in the conversation.

—Peyton Manning’s numbers this season: 11 touchdowns and… zero interceptions.

—Festive crowd here tonight. Broncos fans still revel in beating the Raiders.

—DRC, the second-highest paid player on the Broncos defense, got burned on that touchdown. That one’s going to tickle in their film session tomorrow.

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Gazette.com Broncos Gameday Live Report — Broncos 10, Raiders 0 — Mile High — :47 left in first quarter

—It took three Raiders to bring down Julius Thomas.

—Peyton’s offense is moving fast enough that TV is roughly one play behind the live action.

—Chris Clark called for a holding penalty. These are big, tough shoes to fill at left tackle.

—Right tackle Orlando Franklin appeared to be injured. He was stretching out a shoulder… or pectoral… or something up top.

—The Broncos can stop the Broncos. That’s about it, so far.

—Matt Prater’s 53-yard field goal attempt was good for 63. Easy.

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Gazette.com Broncos Gameday Live Report — Broncos 7, Raiders — Mile High — 6:43 left in first quarter

—Discounting the drop, Peyton Manning was 5-for-5 on the first scoring drive.

—Terrelle Tebow made a couple nifty escape moves. Still punted.

—Chris Clark held up quite nicely on Broncos first possession. He’s the most-watched left tackle in the league right now.

—Eric Decker now stands 11th alltime in Broncos touchdown receptions.

—The Raiders are hitting. Give ‘em that.

—Full stadium here tonight. No surprise there.

—The wind has died down to a whisper.

—The Broncos punt on their second possession. The TV execs are happy.

—This time yesterday, Klee was drinking a beer on a beach. Not sure which is better. I’ll go football. And she won’t mind.

—With the Raiders in a huddle, Wesley Woodyard peers into the huddle to check out their personnel.

Back in a few.



Gazette.com Broncos Gameday Live Report — Raiders (1-1) at Broncos (2-0) — Mile High — Kickoff

—Coin-toss captains for Broncos: Knowshon Moreno, Peyton Manning, Wesley Woodyard, David Bruton, Wes Welker.

—Moment of silence in the press box for the late Lynn DeBruin.

—Gazette super-photographer Mark Reis sent the photo above.

—National anthem time.

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Gazette.com Broncos Gameday Live Report — Raiders (1-1) at Broncos (2-0) — Sports Authority Field at Mile High — 10 minutes until kickoff (6:40 p.m.)

—David Ramsey just sat down. He’s mad at me for writing about Tim Tebow today. That’s his favorite topic.

—The horse is on the field. The horse is on the field.

—Due to the high winds earlier, the American flag crew was having trouble getting the flag to roll out without incident. That’s something to watch tonight.

—Klee’s got Broncos 34, Raiders 20.

—The Broncos are 13-7 vs. the Raiders in their last 20 meetings.

—In case this one’s closer, the wind is out of the north.

—Mile High is about 50-percent full right now. That will change.

—Air Force football is miserable right now. Ramsey should’ve listened to me.

—Haven’t asked Ben Garland about the Falcons. Yet.

—The parachutists are soaring into the stadium. Never gets old.

Back for kickoff.


Gazette.com Broncos Gameday Live Report — Raiders (1-1) at Broncos (2-0) — Sports Authority Field at Mile High — 20 minutes until kickoff (6:40 p.m.)

—Tim Brown is not on the field.

—Ray Lewis is on the field, doing his TV thing.

—Perfect night for football. Will need a fleece by game’s end.

—There’s a Brock Osweiler jersey in Section 317. My man is ahead of schedule.

—Feeling good about my Andrew Luck-will-finish-second-in-MVP-voting prediction.

—Feeling not good about my Mike-Shanahan’s-Redskins-will-give-the-Broncos-a-game prediction.

—What does the absence of Ryan Clady mean to the Broncos offense? Not a whole lot, me thinks.

—No Champ Bailey again tonight. He’s inactive, along with Quentin Jammer, Chris Kuper, Winston Justice, Joel Dreessen, Zac Dysert and C.J. Anderson. And Tim Brown.

Back in a few.


Gazette.com Broncos Gameday Live Report — Raiders (1-1) at Broncos (2-0) — Sports Authority Field at Mile High — 30 minutes until kickoff (6:40 p.m.)

—On the field now: Tulo, Michael Cuddyer, Nolan Arenado. Tulo is behind the north goalposts, catching field goals off the foot of Sebastian Janikowski. Tulo’s got a Broncos jersey hanging from his back pocket. Red Sox are here tomorrow.

—John Elway is talking to the Raiders’ brass at midfield. Hope he brought hand santizer.

—Degenerate gambling friend in Las Vegas says the oddsmakers have it DEN -16 with the Over-Under at 48.5.

—Degenerate gambling friend also set his Over-Under on 20 drinks tonight. So take his info with a grain of salt. And a lime.

—Peyton Manning is on the field and throwing slant routes to Demaryius Thomas.

Back in a few.


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Gazette.com Broncos Gameday Live Report — Raiders (1-1) at Broncos (2-0) — Sports Authority Field at Mile High — One hour until kickoff (6:40 p.m.)

Good evening everyone. Denver columnist Paul Klee joining you from Sports Authority Field for tonight’s Monday Night Football affair. You know the drill — we’ll update the Live Report through the final horn (well, more like the fourth quarter, due to deadlines). Let’s get started….

—On the field right now: Kevin Vickerson, Ronnie Hillman, Joel Dreessen (inactive tonight), Danny Trevathan, Mitch Unrein.

—On the field earlier: C.J. Anderson. The previously injured running back won’t be active for tonight’s game, but he’s getting close. He’s caught in a numbers game at the moment.

—Lovely night for a ballgame. There is a stiff breeze outside the stadium but nothing that’s moving the flags on the goalposts.

—The signs above were on Evans and I-25 last week. It seems the rivalry still carries some weight.

—Here was a conversation starter: Today’s column on Tim Tebow vs. Terrelle Pryor. I see the same player, minus one thing: the backlash. You?

—Photographer Mark Reis and columnist David Ramsey are also here for tonight’s game. So plenty of coverage coming in Tuesday’s Gazette.

Back in a few.

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