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Denver Broncos defense takes their mulligan in New England, dominates Oakland - Horse Tracks

The Denver Broncos were so good that even the Oakland Raiders cheerleaders were saluting their effort. I kid! Still, it was a blowout win in all phases for the Broncos.

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As awesome as Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos were in the second and third quarters of Sunday's blowout 41-17 win over the Oakland Raiders, it was the defensive unit that impressed me the most. After the disastrous performance against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Week 9, I was personally anxious to see how this defensive unit would respond.

Sure it was the Raiders this defense was facing, but an NFL team is an NFL team - even these Raiders. Including that final touchdown drive that nearly doubled the Raiders total net yardage on the day, the Broncos defense held rookie Derek Carr and the Raiders offense to 222 total yards. 192 of those came through the air, while just 30 yards rushing were gained against the NFL's top-ranked run defense.

Even better, the Broncos defense gave up just 10 total first downs and were an impressive 5/18 on third downs. Those third down numbers include eight three and out drives by the Raiders. Yes. EIGHT. Three of those other third downs ended in turnovers - two interceptions and a fumble recovery. You just can't have a better day on defense than this Broncos unit had on Sunday afternoon in Oakland.

All told, the Broncos improve their top ranked run defense to just 67.0 yards per game, which is a full four years per game better than the second best run defense ranked in the NFL. Their pass defense rankings is also moving into Top 10 territory after today's game.

All good things, people. The only blip on this defense is that game against the Patriots. Let's hope they get their revenge in the playoffs again this year.

Video Highlights

Stay There, Brock Osweiler; Peyton's Got This | DeadSpin
Even in a rout, Peyton Manning's reluctant to lose reps. The old man wants to play; you have to be quicker than that, Brock Osweiler.

Week 10: Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders - NFL Videos
After a slow start, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning threw five touchdowns and lead his team to a 41-17 win over the Oakland Raiders.

Fox on win over Raiders |
Coach Fox meets the media following the 41-17 win over the Raiders.

Manning talks win in Oakland |
Peyton Manning meets the media after beating the Raiders 41-17.

Manning 'it was a good division win' |
Peyton Manning's press conference continued.

Horse Tracks

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Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders - Recap - ESPN
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Broncos Sink Raiders 41-17 -
Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos overcame a slow start to defeat the Oakland Raiders and improve to 7-2.

Broncos post 41-17 win over the Raiders | The Sacramento Bee
An Oakland Raiders fan watches from his seat during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game between the Raiders and the Denver Broncos in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014.

Manning's 5 TDs lead Broncos past Raiders 41-17 | The Sacramento Bee
Interceptions, batted passes and a missed open receiver in the end zone. Peyton Manning looked rather ordinary for the first 26 minutes.

Manning's 5 TDs lead Broncos past Raiders 41-17 | USA Today
Peyton Manning shook off a rare shaky start with his usual spectacular play. Manning threw five touchdown passes in less than 17 minutes and the Denver Broncos handed the Oakland Raiders their 15th straight loss, 41-17 on Sunday.

Broncos score 35 unanswered to win going away 41-17 - Silver And Black Pride
What began is surprising fashion ended pretty as expected. After taking an early 10-6 lead, the Broncos scored 35 unanswered points to cruise to a 41-17 victory in Oakland.

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Carson Palmer suffers knee injury, possible torn ACL per reports -
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