DENVER -- Darren McFadden is spinning his wheels again, courtesy of a Denver Broncos defense that was determined to stop him.

The focal point of the Broncos defensive game plan, McFadden gained just 34 yards on 13 carries in Denver's 37-6 win over the Raiders on Sunday at Sports Authority Field.

The Broncos knew full well McFadden had torched them for 508 yards in his last four games against them, including a 150-yard effort on 22 carries in last year's season opener here.

"He had been outstanding on this field, and we knew that we had to contain him; don't let him make any big plays, and we were able to do that," Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey said.

Through four games, McFadden has 201 yards on 57 carries, averaging 3.5 yards per carry. Subtract a 64-yard run in last week's game against Pittsburgh and McFadden is averaging 2.4 yards per carry.

"(McFadden) was the point of emphasis the whole week, and I thought we took care of it for the most part," Denver linebacker Keith Brooking said.

McFadden had 15 yards on his first three carries, but the Broncos held him to 19 yards in his last 10 attempts.

"It was just one of those deals like we never stayed in sync on offense," McFadden said. "We'd make a few plays here and there and then get out of our rhythm."

First-down failures, whether on run plays to McFadden or passing plays, had quarterback Carson Palmer feeling bad for offensive coordinator Greg Knapp.


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"We're putting our coach -- Coach Knapp -- in a tough situation. There's not many good calls on third-and-long when you repeatedly have it."

  • The Raiders had virtually no pressure on Peyton Manning throughout the game other than a Richard Seymour deflection of a pass on the second drive.

    "You've just got to hit him, and we weren't able to do that," defensive end David Tollefson said. "We were never able to get him off his rhythm. I don't think they ever had a punt."

    Tollefson was correct, Denver never punted en route to rolling up a 37:25 to 22:35 time of possession advantage.

  • Palmer played until the bitter end even though the game was hopelessly out of reach. He was sacked three times, hit on eight other plays and absorbed a personal foul by Robert Ayers with 1:27 to play.

    "We wanted to compete all the way to the end, and that's what we're going to do,"' coach Dennis Allen said.

  • Defensive end Andre Carter, who hoped to be ready to contribute as a pass rusher after being signed Wednesday, was inactive.

    "He hasn't been in camp with anybody, so we just felt like the right thing to do was to give him this week, then the bye week, then we'll evaluate where we are after that," Allen said.


  • It didn't look like anything in light of the final score, but the Broncos survived a monumental lapse in judgment late in the first half by going for a fake field goal on fourth-and-1, with place-kicker Matt Prater throwing a pop-fly incomplete pass toward guard Zane Beadles after taking a pitch from holder Britton Colquitt.

    Considering that Prater was lining up from 54 yards -- well within his range in Denver -- and that Manning was 17 for 22 for 196 yards at the time and Willis McGahee was gaining tough yards -- the call was questionable at best.

    "I'm not sure it will go down quite with Montana, Rice or any of those great passing combinations," Broncos coach John Fox said. "We probably won't see that one again for a while."

    The Raiders were only able to cash in with three points on Janikowski's 24-yard field goal after taking possession at the 36.

  • Cornerback Pat Lee was lamenting a dropped interception on the Broncos' first drive on a pass intended for Demaryius Thomas. After the drop, Denver went in to score a touchdown.

    "I could have made a play that could have helped the team, but I didn't, and you move on," Lee said. "That's what happened."