DENVER - The Denver Broncos' winning streak grew to 3-0 with a 37-21 win over the Oakland Raiders Monday night. Quarterback Peyton Manning threw for three touchdowns and 374 yards.
The Raiders won the coin toss and decided to receive in the first half of their game against the Denver Broncos.
The decision to receive will put Oakland quarterback Terrelle Pryor on the field first for his fourth NFL start. On their first possession, Pryor's offense went three-and-out.
Quarterback Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos offense, however, made it to their end zone on their first drive. A 2-yard scoring pass to Eric Decker put Denver on the board first, culminating an eight play possession that covered 55 yards.
Both teams were unable to make any significant progress down the field on their subsequent offensive possessions.
Later in the first quarter, with 0:53 seconds on the clock, the Broncos struck again. Kicker Matt Prater booted the ball 53 yards and through the uprights for three more points, bringing Denver's lead to 10-0.
The first quarter ended with Pryor escaping the pocket to scamper 22 yard, but his team was unable to turn that into momentum in the start of the second quarter.
The Broncos did not have the same problem. With 7:27 remaining in the second quarter, Peyton Manning threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Wes Welker to cap a 10-play drive that covered 80 yards.
Oakland responded on their next drive, finally getting on the board with a pass to Denarius Moore for 73 yards and a touchdown.
Not willing to be outdone, Manning and Decker combined for a 61-yard pass and run. That led to another touchdown, this time a reception by Julius Thomas for 13 yards.
That score made this Manning's 75th career game with at least three touchdowns.
Before the end of the first half, Prater kicked another field goal for the Broncos. Oakland used their time outs to manage the last half-minute of the half, but Pryor was sacked as they tried to make one more play.
The Broncos had the ball first when the teams returned to the field for the second half. A 40 yard Prater field goal culminated that drive and further increased Denver's lead.
During that drive, Manning eclipsed the 300-yard mark for the third time this season.
A few minutes later, on the Broncos' next drive, Manning was sacked two yards behind the line of scrimmage by Lamarr Houston. He fumbled and the ball was recovered by Jason Hunter, who covered 15 yards before being tackled.
That set up the Raiders' second scoring drive. Darren McFadden passed to Marcel Reece for a 16 yard touchdown score.
The fourth quarter also opened with a show of strength from Manning and the Broncos offense. After seven other plays brought the ball within a yard of the end zone, Ronnie Hillman carried the ball over the line.
The Broncos defense ended an impressive Oakland drive and Denver seemed to be in position to run out the clock, but a fumble by Montee Ball gave the Raiders another chance to score. Oakland covered 15 yards, with Darren McFadden carrying the ball the final yard into the end zone.
The visiting team tried an onside kick, but the Broncos got it and were able to run out the clock by kneeling.
During the game, Denver defensive backs Duke Ihenacho and Tony Carter left the field with ankle injuries.
Carter, the Broncos' nickel back, was injured in the first half and Ihenacho, a second-year safety who also left last week's game against the New York Giants with an ankle injury, left in the third quarter.
Cornerbacks Champ Bailey (foot) and Quentin Jammer (healthy scratch) were inactive.
Denver has a short week to prepare for the Philadelphia Eagles' visit next week.
Prior to the start of the game, the Broncos submitted a list of seven players who are deactivated for the game. The list included cornerback Champ Bailey, who has not played since he strained a foot during training camp.
The Broncos are also playing without offensive tackle Ryan Clady, who suffered a Lisfranc joint tear in his left foot during the closing moments of the Broncos 41-23 win against the New York Giants.