Thursday, December 6, 2012

Manning Paces Broncos to 13-0 Lead Over Raiders

Peyton Manning threw for 142 yards and a touchdown to tight end Joel Dreessen, and the Denver Broncos took a 13-0 lead over the Oakland Raiders early in the second quarter Thursday night.

Manning completed 11 of 15 passes and ripped apart the Raiders from the start. Matt Prater also kicked field goals of 43 and 34 yards.

Carson Palmer completed 2 of 5 passes for 62 yards for Oakland. He also threw an interception to Champ Bailey at the goal line.

Denver converted three straight third downs on its opening drive to take command.

The first came when officials whistled Philip Wheeler for defensive holding after an incomplete pass. Manning hit Eric Decker for 16-yard completion on the next, and Knowshon Moreno took a short pass on a blitz for a 26-yard gain on another.

That set up a seamless 6-yard touchdown pass from Manning to Dreessen that put the Broncos ahead 7-0 only 4:30 into the game.

The Raiders were playing the game with heavy hearts. Head coach Dennis Allen, the defensive coordinator in Denver last season, had been in Texas all week because the death of his father, Grady.

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