There was much concern this week about Peyton Manning and the Broncos after back-to-back losses.
Those concerns were quickly put away Sunday afternoon, as Manning and the Broncos were back to normal, slamming the Raiders 37-6 in Denver.
Manning threw for 338 yards and three touchdown passes in a near-flawless performance, as the Broncos went off for 27 unanswered points in the second half.
The Broncos QB was 30-of-38 passes in his most impressive outing of the offseason acquisition’s four-game tenure with the Broncos, while Willis McGahee rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown to help Denver.
“He’s getting more comfortable,” Broncos head coach John Fox said of Manning. “Let’s not forget he didn’t play all season and probably more than a year, and this is a new team, a new coaching staff, a new city, a new field…a new everything for him. The type of guy he is, he’s just going to get better and better.”
Demaryius Thomas added 103 receiving yards on five catches and Eric Decker had seven catches for 79 yards and a touchdown for the Broncos, who piled up 503 total yards and also ended a string of four straight Raider victories in Denver in the series.
Oakland (1-3), which was coming off a 34-31 come-from-behind triumph over Pittsburgh last week for former Denver defensive coordinator Dennis Allen‘s first win as head coach, managed just 237 total yards and 12 first downs, with star running back Darren McFadden held to 34 yards on 13 carries by a swarming Broncos’ stop unit.
Carson Palmer finished with 202 yards on 19-of-34 passing for the Raiders in their final contest before a Week 5 bye.
“They outcoached us, they outplayed us, they beat us in every phase of the game,” said Allen. “There’s not a lot positive we can take from it. We’ve got to go back and go to work, we’ve got the bye week coming up, so we’ve got to evaluate what we’re doing schematically, what we’re doing personnel-wise, and we’ve got to come up with a way to play better.”