Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
The Raiders failed to register even one quarterback hit on Peyton Manning in Oakland's 37-6 loss to the Denver Broncos.
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning operated with a clean pocket for almost all of Sunday's 37-6 over the Oakland Raiders as the boys in silver and black finished the game with zero quarterback hits.
With Manning being given all the time in the world, he was able to turn in the best performance of his short career in Denver, completing 30-of-38 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns. In his post-game press conference, here's what former Broncos defensive coordinator and current Raiders head coach Dennis Allen had to say about his team's struggles in slowing down the future Hall of Fame quarterback, via NBC Bay Area:
"Pass defense works collectively. It's pass rush and pass coverage together, and when we do put pressure on the quarterback, we've got to be able to cover him. When we're covering him, we've got to be able to get to the quarterback."
The aforementioned lack of pressure allowed the Broncos to score 27 unanswered points coming out of the half with Manning going through his reads and completing a pass to eight different receivers. The Raiders were unable to get off the field on third down as well, allowing Denver to convert 10 of their 16 chances while racking up 26 total first downs.
Things aren't going to get any easier next week either with Oakland heading to Atlanta to take on the undefeated Falcons. If the Raiders give Matt Ryan the same benefits they gave Manning, they won't stand a chance with Ryan already leading the NFL in the quarterback rating department.