Raiders-Broncos Recap

Peyton Manning and the Broncos shatter the hopes and dreams of Raider Nation

10/1/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Possibly the biggest story of the game, as Dennis Allen noted, was third down play. The Broncos converted 10 of 16 third downs, while the Raiders converted 1 of 12. Defensively, that has been one of the Raiders biggest issues so far this season. The Raiders frequently force teams into third down situations, then can't hold up for one more play. You don't even need to see the score - if you look at the third down numbers, you know who won.

Positives for the Raiders? Well, there's really nothing positive that they did do, but there are some good things that they didn't do. They once again stayed away from shooting themselves in the foot with penalties. Raider fans have to be happy with only five penalties for 41 yards - Dennis Allen has really gotten players disciplined in that regard. The Raiders also won the turnover battle 1-0. The offense may have been terrible, but at least they weren't making the kind of mistakes that can immediately cripple a team.

It's interesting to note that the Dolphins and the Broncos - the two teams that have blown out the Raiders this season - both played the Texans the week before hosting the Raiders. The Texans run an offense nearly identical to the Raiders, and maybe it's easier to defend the offense when you're seeing it for the second week in a row. Then again, maybe the Raiders are just terrible.

With no game slated for Week 5, the Raiders will have two weeks to prepare to be slain by Matt Ryan and the Falcons.

The Broncos head to Foxborough to play the Patriots in Week 4.
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