Gameday Live Report: Broncos at Raiders

Published: December 29, 2013, 1:22 pm, by Paul Klee

FINAL: Broncos 34, Raiders 14.

—The most entertaining, injury-filled, record-setting, bizarre regular season in Broncos history is over. Denver has been the NFL’s best team for the majority of the past two seasons. Will they earn a Super Bowl title to show for it?

—The Broncos won 13 games for only the third time since their last Super Bowl title. And they’ve had some good teams. It’s quite hard to do.

—Once the Peyton Manning Show (see below) was over, the Brock and Roll Show, um, stumbled. The Broncos had 21 first downs in the first half. They had seven in the second.

—To be fair, Brock and Roll had a first-down completion to Jacob Tamme that was overturned. Sure looked like a catch.

—More good news from Broncos: they escaped the Black Hole without serious injury, it appears. Only Duke Ihenacho left the game (with a concussion). 

—The Chargers are trying to squeeze into the playoffs. The Broncos are hoping they don’t.

—Here’s a hunch the Broncos are hosting the Steelers in the divisional round of the playoffs. Pittsburgh plays in the same division as Baltimore. How’s that strike ya?

—At the final horn, there’s more Broncos orange than Raiders black in the opposite lower deck.

—These Raiders are the worst team the Broncos have played over the past two seasons. Former Broncos DC Dennis Allen can’t be comfortable on that seat.

—The Raiders broke up the shutout with a touchdown pass from Terrelle Pryor with 4:24 left in the fourth. 

—When the Raiders scored, Peyton Manning was taking a sip of Gatorade on the sideline.

Headed to the locker rooms. More coverage from Oakland coming tonight on Gazette.com.

Klee

Broncos Gameday Live Report — Broncos 31, Raiders 0 — 12:00 left in the fourth quarter

—Here’s a hunch this second half of Brock and Roll has infused little confidence the backup quarterback could win a game if called upon.

—The Broncos haven’t scored with Osweiler at quarterback, despite keeping most of their first-team offense on the field.

—The Broncos are shuttling in their second-string defense. Quentin Jammer and Tony Carter now on the field.

—Considering some of the teams still eligible for the playoffs — Bears, Steelers, Chargers — it’s nuts to think the NFL should add more playoff spots.

—The Raiders crowd is trickling out. The Broncos crowd still hanging out.

Back in a few.

Klee

Broncos Gameday Live Report — Broncos 31, Raiders 0 — 4:13 left in the third quarter

—The Brock Lobster is in. The Manning Express is getting a tan on the sideline.

—Britton Colquitt is pleased with the QB switch. Now he gets to play, too.

—Biggest surprise today: Manning forgoing his usual ballcap/visor look on the sideline.

—The most intriguing of first-roundmatch ups in the AFC tournament: Kansas City at Indianapolis. That’s likely.

—Haven’t noticed Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie today. Usually a good sign for a cornerback.

—If there’s one Broncos defender who could claim a Pro Bowl snub, it’s probably DRC. He’s an alternate.

—These Raiders are the worst team the Broncos have played in the past two seasons. Much worse than Houston, which now owns the No. 1 pick in the draft. 

—The Black Hole is booing again. Or all of Oakland, rather.

Back in a few.

Klee

Broncos Gameday Live Report — Broncos 31, Raiders 0 — Halftime

—Here’s the count: Peyton Manning has 55 touchdown passes (four today) and the NFL record for single-season passing yardage (266 today). He’s 25 of 28 with four touchdowns. His passer rating: 145.8.

—Think that was the greatest half of quarterbacking I’ve seen. Yes, even considering the level of competition.

—Will Manning play in the second half? Gotta think he’ll play one series. Did the same in the third preseason game, at Seattle. 

—Sit him, John Fox. Consider the repercussions if Manning were to get injured.

—Wild to consider the Broncos’ offense during the Tebow era vs. the Broncos’ offense now.

—How bad is it for the Raiders? As he walked off the field, defensive tackle Daniel Muir shouted something at a coach. Not sure if the TV cameras caught it, but the coach sure did.

—The Broncos definitely knew Manning’s status in regards to the passing yardage record. John Fox came out to the hash marks to greet him after  he broke it.

Back in a few.

Klee

Broncos Gameday Live Report — Broncos 17, Raiders 0 — 7:08 left in second quarter

—Doherty grad Lamarr Houston sacked Peyton Manning. That’s his fifth sack this season. Having an effective game with four tackles so far.

—Raiders (backup?) quarterback Matt McGloin chillin’ on the sideline. Raiders wanted to get another look at Terrelle Pryor, whom we compared to Tim Tebow back in September.

—At one point, the Raiders had nine total yards in 10 offensive plays.

—My guy in the Stabler jersey now working on nachos.

—Aside from the tarp, Coliseum has filled up. Probably 80-percent full now.

—What will you do on the bye week? I’ll break down the next step for the reeling Nuggets, then go fishing below Pueblo Reservoir. Good story on this blossoming fly fishery from the Denver Post’s Scott Willoughby.

Back in a few.

Klee

Broncos Gameday Live Report — Broncos 14, Raiders 0 — End of first quarter

—Boos already coming down from the Black Hole, aimed at the home team. We’re only at the end of the first quarter.

—The Raiders will finish with five-or-fewer wins for the ninth time in 11 seasons. That’s almost hard to do.

—Bears are beating the Packers, 7-0. Is this the final time the former Broncos quarterback will be the Bears quarterback?

—Raiderettes, still dancing.

—My guy in the Kenny Stabler jersey is loving his stadium pizza.

—Sylvester Williams showing signs of being a player the past few weeks.

—Goodness, the Raiders are bad.

—Broncos need four points to break the NFL’s single-season scoring record. 

—Broncos had 11 first downs in the first quarter. Raiders had one.

—Breaking: Peyton Manning missed an open receiver. Eric Decker was like a lonely seal in San Francisco Bay.

Back in a few.

Klee

Broncos Gameday Live Report — Broncos 14, Raiders 0 — 5:39 left in first quarter

—Sign of the times: there are Elway/Manning/Thomas jerseys sitting (or standing) in the Black Hole. Can’t  imagine that’s usually acceptable. 

—Raiders in a giving mood. Broncos recover a Pryor fumble, quickly go up 14-0. 

—Peyton Manning has No. 53, this time to Knowshon Moreno.

—The Raiderettes are still dancing. So it’s all good here.

—Official prediction might have been a tad low.

Back in a few.

Klee

Broncos Gameday Live Report — Broncos 7, Raiders 0 — 7:05 left in first quarter

—That’s No. 52 for Peyton Manning. Like clockwork, that drive.

—71 yards, 12 plays, 3-yard TD from Manning to Decker. Drive time: 5:54. 

—Little-known fact: Knowshon Moreno indulges in IVs of Red Bull prior to kickoff.

—Former Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen risking a sunburn today. Going without a hat/visor.

—Standing-room only in lower deck. Appreciate their spirit, if not their team.

—Scary thought for Denver folks who frigidly sat through the Mile High Mistake: At this rate, Broncos would get Colts, Chiefs or Chargers in divisional round of playoffs. Two of the teams (Colts, Chargers) that beat them.

—Still feels like Montee Ball is so afraid of fumbling, so focused on securing the ball, he loses some big-play ability.

—Decent breeze going into the Broncos’ faces in first quarter.

—Andre Caldwell’s emergence has been a pleasant surprise for Broncos. Heckuva grab for 16-yard first down.

Back in a few.

Klee

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Broncos Gameday Live Report — Broncos (12-3) at Raiders (4-11) — O.co Coliseum, Oakland, Calif. — Kickoff (2:25 p.m.)

—Broncos take the field. Black Hole boos, hisses, spits face paint.

—Peyton Manning (above, running across the the Raiders logo) and the Broncos’ offense need 18 points to break the NFL’s single-season scoring record. He needs 266 yards to break Drew Brees’ passing yardage record.

—Might get both by halftime.

—The upper deck here at the Coliseum is the black hole. Meaning, there’s a black tarp over it. The stadium’s roughly 50-percent empty right now.

—The two teams Denver doesn’t want to see in the playoffs, me thinks, reside in the AFC West: Chiefs and Chargers.

—Official prediction: Broncos 37, Raiders 21.

Back in a few.

Klee

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Broncos Gameday Live Report — Broncos (12-3) at Raiders (4-11) — O.co Coliseum, Oakland, Calif. — 40 minutes until kickoff (2:25 p.m.)

—The Raiders are honoring their 1983 Super Bowl team today (above). Broncos coach John Fox spent a few minutes chatting up the former champs. 

—Yes, kids, there was a time when the Raiders were good.

—What’s the official explanation on the Raiders’ decade of being bad? Is it only bad drafts? Bad free-agency decisions? Coaching turnover? Hard to believe it’s been 11 years — and counting — since the Raiders have finished better than third in the AFC West. Third! In a league set up for franchise turnarounds, that’s a remarkable stretch of futility.

—The Chiefs are doing the Chargers a great favor by sitting their guys today.

—Peyton Manning’s offense is on the field. More scoring records are destined to fall today.

—Nuggets are playing the opposite of Action Ball right now. Good thing Knicks are, too. 

—On a limb here, but I still like the Panthers coming out of the NFC.

Back in a few.

Klee

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Broncos Gameday Live Report — Broncos (12-3) at Raiders (4-11) — O.co Coliseum, Oakland, Calif. — One hour until kickoff (2:25 p.m.)

—Champ Bailey just took the field. He’s active today.

—And right behind him, Charles Woodson, another No. 24, takes the field. Quite a pair right there.

—The Broncos have won four straight against the Raiders, including a 27-13 Thursday night win last season. I remember NFL commissioner Roger Goodell cruising through the Black Hole on that Thursday night

Broncos favored by 13 today, according to our friends in Las Vegas. 

—Trindon Holliday just took the field doing his airplane routine. The Black Hole didn’t appreciate that.

—No sign of John Elway, whose wife is a former Raiders cheerleader.

—Sebastian Janikowski’s pregame routine includes cruising around the field, helmet in hand. He’s still good from 60, right?

—The Broncos handled the Raiders, 37-21, in Week 3. 

—Just looked up my column from their first meeting. Huh, I got one right.

Back in a few.

Klee

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Broncos Gameday Live Report — Broncos (12-3) at Raiders (4-11) — O.co Coliseum, Oakland, Calif. — One hour until kickoff (2:25 p.m.)

Afternoon everyone. Paul Klee joining you from the Coliseum for this Live Report from Broncos-Raiders, the regular-season finale. Another perfect day in Bay Area, where it’s around 70 degrees and sunny (above). I’ll be here through the final horn….

—Julius Thomas, one of the Broncos’ five Pro Bowl selections on offense, is down on the field going through his pregame routine. It doesn’t include trading the 51st touchdown ball with a babe for her phone number.

—As pointed out by Jeff Legwold, the former Fighting Illini sitting to my right, check out the Chiefs inactives today: Dontari Poe, Jamaal Charles, Alex Smith, Derrick Johnson, Dwayne Bowe, Tamba Hali. 

—Clearly, the Chiefs are throwing in the towel on this season.

—Easy $1.75 trip on the BART to the Coliseum, an endearing quality of the Raiders.

—Reports coming out that former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan will be fired in Washington tonight or Monday.

—Equal number of Broncos fans as Raiders fans in the Coliseum right now.

—Broncos inactives include Wes Welker and Kayvon Webster. Both will be needed for the playoffs.

—Raiders inactives include Tim Brown, who is retired, so he can’t hurt the Broncos’ chances of earning the No. 1 seed.

—Column in today’s Gazette: Broncos injury struggles are ongoing. The latest and greatest is that of Von Miller, whose torn-up knee could derail this Super Bowl train.

Back in a few.

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