Manning Rules the West
Thursday night’s NFL game was good, for a while. Peyton Manning took the Broncos down field for a touchdown on the opening drive, and then Oakland demonstrated it still had a defense on the field. Denver’s next three possessions ended with field goals.
On offense, the Raiders moved the ball well. Carson Palmer was accurate in the first half. He ended his night 19-30, 273 yards, two TD’s, with an interception and a lost fumble. He was aided by his offensive line who did not allow an effective pass rush by outside linebacker Vaughn Miller or defensive end Elvis Dumervil, two of the best the game has to offer.
Palmer is a good quarterback when he has lots of time, but when hurried or sacked frequently, he is unable to complete the majority of his passes. In the second half he was knocked down several times, and sacked, producing a fumble, resulting in a Denver score.
Manning was 26-30, for 301 yards and 1 TD and one interception. He extended his own franchise record for TD’s in a season. He also became the fastest NFL quarterback in history to reach 5000 completions. He also recorded his 12th season with at least 10 wins.
His efforts were aided by running back Knowshon Moreno who ran 32 times for 119 yards. In total, Moreno was responsible for 167 yards and a touchdown.
Although the final score was 26-13, the win came fairly easy for the Broncos. The hapless Oakland Raiders need help at virtually every offensive and defensive position. Inconsistency is consistent. They’re obviously in a time of rebuilding a once feared team.