DENVER -- At times, the scoring looked easy, like playing "Tecmo Super Bowl" or a recent incarnation of "Madden" on the rookie setting. Of course, it actually wasn't, and the Broncos were eventually stopped a few times in Monday's 37-21 win over Oakland.
The Broncos were dominant, but they were also human. They gave up a touchdown when
"We've just got to get better. We wanted a shutout today," said cornerback
You have to admire the Broncos for aspiring to more, even with a 3-0 record and more points at this point in the season than anyone but the 1968 Dallas Cowboys.
Here's how the three keys we identified before the game turned out:
1. "STAY IN MY LANE."
For the most part, the Broncos did that when Terrelle Pryor threatened to run and when he dodged defenders behind the line of scrimmage, extending plays with his feet. The only time they got caught flat-footed was on the final play of the first quarter, when Pryor executed a zone-read option to perfection and caught strongside linebacker
"The big plays, we gave 'em to them, just by our mistakes," Harris said. "They didn't beat us."
2. STAY STEADY UNDER THE BLITZ.
It wasn't necessary because the Raiders dialed back their pressure, wary of the threat that
"We had some that we had anticipated to be able to run but we just weren't able to get to it as much as we wanted to. That's the thing about Manning is he makes it difficult to come after him," said Raiders Head Coach Dennis Allen. "We tried to mix it as well as we could and obviously he was better than us today."
The only sack the Broncos conceded didn't come on the blitz; it was a garden-variety edge rush by Lamarr Houston that saw him sprint around left tackle
3. TAKE WHAT'S THERE.
As usual, Manning didn't force the issue, relied on his targets to turn short to intermediate passes into long gains and spread the football around.