‘‘It’s hard to play against Peyton Manning no matter what,’’ Allen said. ‘‘He’s a Hall of Fame quarterback and there’s a reason he’s a Hall of Fame quarterback. But we've got the guys that we have, and that’s who we've got to go out and play with and we've got to play at an NFL level.’’
Manning, who padded his record total of 300-yard passing games to 65, looked like the Manning of old — standing at the line, diagnosing a defense, then choosing, in most cases, to throw quick screens or crossing routes.
Decker had seven catches for 79; Manning spread his 30 completions to eight receivers.
The referees were no factor. They called nine penalties, five for 41 yards against the newly disciplined Raiders, who came into the game near the bottom of the league in that category and will stay there.
The Broncos, meanwhile, had amassed around $150,000 in fines over the first three weeks and, though there weren’t any obviously finable infractions in this one, they played like bullies, outgaining the Raiders 503-237. Oakland didn’t get its first first down of the second half until the 12:45 mark of the fourth quarter.
NOTES: The Broncos lost C J.D. Walton to a left ankle injury in the second quarter. Before the injury, he had missed only one offensive snap in his career, out of 2,269 possible plays. ... Even with a 2-yard punt, Raiders P Shane Lechler averaged 49.4 yards on seven kicks. ... The last Broncos trio to have a 300-100-100 game was Jay Cutler (304), Travis Henry (139) and Javon Walker (119) in a 15-14 win over Buffalo on opening day 2007.
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