The Raiders showed some of the fight that many felt they would show, but in the end, the result for first-year head coach Dennis Allen was the same as it’s been as of late.
Carson Palmer threw one interception that thwarted a possible scoring chance, as it was much of the same for the Raiders, losing 26-13 to Peyton Manning and the Broncos.
The Raiders fall to 3-10 on the season, and wanted to get a win for their coach, a man who just lost his father.
Dennis Allen‘s father, Grady, died earlier in the week from cardiac arrest. Allen was away from the team for two days but returned Wednesday and coached the game.
”I took my father off life support (voice cracking), and that’s not easy to do,” Allen said. ”So was it hard? Yeah, it was hard. But I know my father would want me to be here with this football team, and I wanted to be here with this football team. So I’m sure you guys can imagine it wasn’t an easy situation.”
Oakland lost its sixth straight game. It is the team’s longest skid since also losing six in a row in 2007.
The Raiders could not stop Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno, as he ran for 119 yards and a touchdown and Manning threw for 310 yards and another score to help Denver roll for another win for the 2012 AFC West Champs.
”We talk about getting better,” Manning said. ”All the other stuff, that’s not what we talk about. If we get better each week, we’ll see what happens from there.”
Manning extended his franchise record with his 30th touchdown pass on the game’s opening drive, became the fastest quarterback to reach 5,000 career completions and earned his record 12th 10-win season as a starter.
That helped the Broncos 10-3 move a half-game ahead of New England and Baltimore for the second-best record in the AFC. Denver visits Baltimore next week in a game that will help decide who gets a first-round playoff bye.
”That would be great, but we can’t really concentrate on that,” said cornerback Champ Bailey, who intercepted a pass. ”We need to concentrate on what we need to do to get better. Just keep plugging along and that thing will take care of itself.”
For the Raiders, they hope to be at some point in the class of the Broncos. Thursday night was an indication that this club has a long, long way to go to get there.