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Broncos rout Raiders 37-6

  • Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) drops back to pass against the Oakland Raiders during the first quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER — Peyton Manning ruined Dennis Allen's homecoming Sunday when the Denver Broncos handed the Oakland Raiders their worst loss in this heated AFC West rivalry in a half-century.

Manning picked apart a secondary filled with backups, then walked off the field with a clean jersey and a smile a mile wide as the Broncos bounced back from back-to-back close losses with a resounding 37-6 rout of their archrival.

"Well, it was nothing more than an old-fashioned butt-whupping," quarterback Carson Palmer said after the Raiders' first loss in Denver in five seasons and their worst defeat in the series since Oct. 5, 1962, when they were humiliated 44-7 at old Bears Stadium.

Manning had his record-extending 65th 300-yard passing game, wasn't sacked, intercepted or hurried and threw three touchdown passes while controlling the clock and watching Willis McGahee record his 32nd 100-yard rushing game, tops among active NFL players.

"They outcoached us, they outplayed us, they beat us in every phase of the game," said Allen, Oakland's first-year coach who was Denver's defensive coordinator in 2011. "So, there's not a lot positive that you can take from it."


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