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Darrius Heyward-Bey returned to practice on Tuesday and expect to play following Oakland's bye week.
Darrius Heyward-Bey was practicing on Tuesday after sustaining a concussion and neck strain in a brutal hit during the 34-31 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
When the oddsmakers set the Oakland Raiders as 6½-point underdogs in the team's Week 4 matchup with the Denver Broncos, they might have wanted to aim a little higher. Thirty-plus points higher. The Broncos crushed the Raiders 37-6 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday.
The Broncos dominated, as quarterback Peyton Manning threw for 338 yards and three touchdowns, and the Broncos defense held the Raiders to just two field goals, 56 rushing yards and 237 yards total.
The over/under for the game was set at 47½, and taking the over – given the potential strength of the Broncos passing attack combined with the Raiders porous defense and a running game that looked good but not great in Week 3 – looked like a fairly safe bet. Unfortunately, the Raiders had nothing going on offense and taking the under ended up being the right call.
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The Oakland Raiders defense has been drastically underachieving so far this season, giving up 125 points through four games, the worst in franchise history in over half a century.
The Raiders failed to register even one quarterback hit on Peyton Manning in Oakland's 37-6 loss to the Denver Broncos.
Silver and Black Pride takes a look at what went wrong in the Broncos 37-6 shellacking of the Raiders.
The good news for the Oakland Raiders after a 37-6 whipping by the Denver Broncos is that it doesn't seem like any major injuries occurred during the game. Darrius Heyward-Bey is still recovering from a concussion suffered in Week 3 action.
The Oakland Raiders came into the week with a new sense of hope, but will head into the bye week with a new sense of fear.
Peyton Manning was in top form on Sunday, shredding Oakland's defense for 338 yards and three touchdowns in Denver's 37-6 win.
After going into halftime down 10-6, the Raiders fell apart in the third quarter. They started the half by going three and out, then the Broncos raced down field on nine plays. Peyton Manning led Denver 79 yards, finishing things off with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Eric Decker to give them a 17-6 lead.
After another three and out, the Raiders had a punt blocked to set up another Broncos score. Denver added a touchdown on a 14-yard pass to Lance Ball, and the game was all but over with a quarter left to play.
Manning has thrown for 323 yards and three touchdowns, and the Raiders have been just as bad at trying to stop the running game, surrendered 105 yards on 17 carries to Willis McGahee. Meanwhile, the offense is non-existent. The result is likely going to be their third loss of the season.
The Oakland Raiders defense shored things up in the second quarter after being chewed up in the first, but their offense couldn't find the same spark. The Raiders are still without a touchdown, and while they did add a field goal, they still trail the Denver Broncos at halftime, 10-6.
Denver ran up and down the field in the first quarter, scoring a touchdown on their first drive. A Sebastian Janikowski field goal cut the Broncos' lead to 7-3, but Denver drove right back down the field again and got to the Raiders' 3-yard line. That's when the Oakland defense stepped up and forced a field goal, which seemed to get the unit going.
Some good Raiders defense slowed down the Broncos offense in the second quarter and kept them scoreless, but the offense is still MIA. They have just 32 yards on the ground, mitigating Carson Palmer's good 9-for-13, 142-yard first half.
A late drive did get Oakland back on the board, but it again only led to a field goal. Janikowski converted from 24 yards after a 58-yard drive, and the Raiders head to the locker room wondering how to get in the endzone.
The Oakland Raiders fell behind early in their AFC West showdown with the Denver Broncos and are now stuck playing catch up. The Broncos drove right down the field and scored on their first drive, then answered the Raiders field goal with one of their own to take a 10-3 lead after the first quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Denver worked almost exclusively out of the shotgun on the opening drive, but did work the running game in. Willis McGahee had three rushes in the 11 play, 80 drive that Peyton Manning capped off with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Joel Dreessen.
Oakland responded with a scoring drive of their own, with the biggest play being a short pass to Marcel Reece that he took for 31 yards. The Raiders couldn't find the end zone, though, and Sebastian Janikowski was called on for a field goal that he nailed.
Unfortunately for the Raiders, their defense couldn't really corral the Broncos. Just before the end of the quarter, the Broncos drove 77 yards to get to the Oakland three-yard line. The defense did finally step up, forcing Denver to kick a field goal, but that pushed the Broncos' lead back to a touchdown.
Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno is again on the inactive list for today's game against the Oakland Raiders after first appearing on the list last week against the Houston Texans. He'll be joined by guard Chris Kuper, defensive tackle Sealver Siliga, quarterback Caleb Hanie, receiver Matthew Willis, linebacker Nate Irving and center C.J. Davis.
The Raiders have listed backup quarterback Terrelle Pryor, cornerback Shawntae Spencer, tackle Khalif Barnes, guard Lucas Nix, tight end Richard Gordon, receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and defensive end Andre Carter as their inactives for Sunday's 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff in Denver.
Heyward-Bey was hospitalized after a vicious hit last week, and he's been ruled out with a concussion. Gordon will be missed as a tight end and special teams player for the Raiders and their multiple tight end sets.
Oakland signed Carter to the roster this past week to add another body to a struggling defensive front.
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The Broncos' defense is struggling and is one of the primary reasons for the team's slow start to the season. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is seemingly always playing catch-up and that explains why the Broncos are both giving up and scoring 25.7 points per game through the first three games of the season.
The Raiders' offense is finding its stride after finally getting something out of the running game and running back Darren McFadden last week. The defense is giving up a whopping 29.3 points per game and will face a Manning-led offense that does not want to fall to 1-3 on the season.
The Raiders have won their previous four trips to Denver.
Game Time: 1:05 p.m. PT
Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colo.
TV Coverage: CBS
NFL Week 4 TV coverage maps for the Bay Area, featuring the 49ers bouncing back from their first loss and the Raiders trying to string together back-to-back wins.
Darrius Heyward-Bey will not play in the Oakland Raiders' Week 4 game against the Denver Broncos, CSN Bay Area reports. The team announced on Saturday that both Heyward-Bey and tight end Richard Gordon are officially "out" for the game in Denver.
Heyward-Bey has been sidelined since a brutal hit from Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Mundy in Oakland's Week 3 34-31 win. He has said that he cannot remember the hit, which left him motionless for several minutes and resulted in his being carried off the field.
Officially the result of the collision was a concussion and a neck strain, and the receiver has yet to pass the tests required before a player can return. Mundy was fined $21,000 by the league for the helmet-to-helmet hit, a decision he is expected to appeal. No suspension was handed out.
Oakland faces Denver at 4:05 p.m. on Sunday. Both teams are 1-2 so far this season.
The Raiders pass rush could use some help, but whether or not newly signed veteran defensive end Andre Carter will contribute will not be known until Sunday.
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Barksdale was a third-round pick out of LSU by Oakland in the 2011 NFL Draft. He played in all 16 games in 2011, without making a start. He has not appeared in a game in 2012.
The Raiders have now shedded both of their third-round picks from 2011. Cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke was released earlier this month. Van Dyke and Barksdale were the Raiders' second and third selections overall last season, as they did not have a first-round pick.
Oakland and new head coach Dennis Allen are still trying to rework the roster after a disappointing 1-2 start that was salvaged only by a surprising victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Despite the bad start, the AFC West is still up for grabs, as the Raiders are just one game behind division-leading San Diego and face the Denver Broncos this week.
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The Oakland Raiders travel to Denver to face the Broncos on Sunday, and it will be Dennis Allen's first trip back to Sports Authority Field at Mile High since taking the head coaching job with Oakland.
Allen spend the 2011 season as the defensive coordinator for Denver. The Broncos made it to the playoffs last year, and Allen's defense was the primary reason for their success. Allen spoke with reporters on Monday about what it will be like heading back to the place he used to call home, but emphasized that the trip is all about business, as transcribed by Steve Corkran Mercury News:
Sure, it will be a different feel. It will be a different feel. But that’s another one of those distractions that you can’t let take over. It’s not about me, it’s not about Dennis Allen vs. the Denver Broncos, it’s about the Oakland Raiders vs. the Denver Broncos. We’re going to need a lot more than just me out there to go win a game. So our focus is going to be on our team trying to exploit whatever weaknesses Denver has and eliminate the times that they’re able to exploit whatever vulnerabilities we have.
The Raiders are trying to rebound from an 0-2 start. They made the first step in defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. With the win, Oakland remained just one game behind the division-leading San Diego Chargers and has an excellent opportunity to make the playoffs in a seemingly weak AFC West.
On Sunday, an injury-depleted Raiders secondary allowed 384 passing yards and four touchdowns to Ben Roethisberger. They allowed Mike Wallace to roam free and collect 123 yards and a touchdown, and gave up two short-yardage TD catches to tight end Heath Miller. Roethlisberger is one of the best quarterbacks in the game with one of the best arms, but the Raiders may face an even tougher challenge this Sunday against Broncos QB Peyton Manning.
The Broncos lost to the Texans on Sunday at home but Houston is looking like the best team in the AFC. Denver was playing from behind all day and Manning threw for 330 yards and two touchdowns. The previous week, Manning threw three first-half interceptions against Atlanta, a team which is also thin in the secondary. The Falcons accomplished this by having two deep safeties and anticipating Manning's throws. He is still accurate but no longer has the same zip on his throws, so they arrive a tad late. For a good defensive back, that opens the door for a pick.
In order for the Raiders to be successful against Manning, the linebackers are key. If they can stop the run without requiring a safety to stuff the box, then the safeties will be able to play center field and defend Manning's deep throws. Too often, Tyvon Branch was seen tackling a Steelers running back on a five-yard rush. He can't do that against Denver. While Denver has considerably worse wide receivers than Pittsburgh, they also have a much better running game with Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno. If the front seven can stuff the run effectively like they did against San Diego, then the secondary will be able to more effectively stop Peyton Manning and his receivers.
The spread opened with the Broncos favored by 5.5-points. The spread has only increased in the past couple of days, ranging from 6-points to 7-points.
The over/under is only sitting at 47.5 points, and it is a hard bet to determine because it all depends on which Raiders team shows up. The Raiders were held to 14 and 13 points in Weeks 1 and 2 but then blew up in their Week 3 34-31 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Broncos meanwhile are averaging approximately 21.6 points a game. If the early instances of the Oakland Raiders show up, it'll be hard to hit that over. But if Carson Palmer, Darren McFadden and company decides to throw some points on the board, the over should be cleared pretty easily.
So'oto played in seven games with the Green Bay Packers last season after being signed as an undrafted free agent out of BYU. He was placed on injured reserve Aug. 31 with an ankle injury and released Sept. 10. The second-year player appeared in seven games for the Packers in 2011 and had seven tackles (five solo) and one sack in limited action. He also was a part of the Packers special teams unit.
The Raiders also released defensive tackle Vaughn Meatoga from the practice squad on Tuesday.
The Raiders will head to Sports Authority Field at Mile High for a Week 4 matchup against the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Kickoff is slated for 1:05 p.m. PT and the game will be televised on CBS.
The Raiders are coming off their first win of the year, an upset over the Pittsburgh Steelers, and hope to continue their winning ways against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.