DENVER -- The Raiders took a big step up in class Monday night and found out how far they have to go to be contenders in the AFC West.

After Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos shredded the Raiders 37-21 at Sports Authority Field before 76,978 fans, one of the few things the visitors could take solace in was an encouraging performance from quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

Except Pryor suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter, didn't finish the game, and his status is up in the air when the Raiders host the Washington Redskins on Sunday after a short week of practice.

Coach Dennis Allen, who said more will be known about Pryor when the club gets back to the facility, saw his team outclassed in all three phases against a 3-0 Broncos team that has won 14 consecutive regular-season games and beaten Oakland the last four times they've played.

Beating the Broncos means keeping Manning under control, and in that area, the Raiders failed in falling to 1-2.

Manning was 32 of 37 for 374 yards and touchdown passes of 2 yards to Eric Decker, 12 yards to Wes Welker and 13 yards to Julius Thomas, all coming in the first half. The Broncos also rushed for 164 yards on 35 carries as Denver rolled up 536 yards of offense and 31 first downs.

Matt Prater kicked field goals of 53, 41 and 40 yards, and Ronnie Hillman scored on a 1-yard run for Denver.

In the first half, Manning was nearly perfect, completing 21 of 24 passes for 264 yards in staking Denver to a 27-7 lead.

"When you fall behind against a team like that, it's tough to come back," Allen said. "We just didn't play well tonight."


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In the second half, the Raiders managed two touchdowns, with running back Darren McFadden completing a 16-yard pass to Marcel Reece and sweeping in from the 1 on another score when he was looking to throw.

Pryor established career highs with 19 completions in 28 attempts for 281 yards, with a 73-yard touchdown pass to Denarius Moore accounting for the Raiders' only score in the first half.

The Raiders also got their first two takeaways of the season on a pair of fumble recoveries, but were never really in the game.

The Raiders dialed back some of the blitzing tactics that gave them nine sacks in the first two games, in part because Manning is so adept at picking them up. A win over the Jacksonville Jaguars and Chad Henne in Week 2 did little to prepare for the Raiders for what they saw against Denver.

"You know playing the Broncos you don't have any room for error," free safety Charles Woodson said. "Playing Jacksonville, you have some room for some things and you can make up for it, but with (Manning), you can't. He's going to find whatever weakness you have out there."

"You see flashes of good things," said Manning, whose 12 touchdown passes in his first three games are an NFL record. "When we're executing and not making mistakes, we can go the distance. We can go 80 yards, take advantage of a short field."

Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Oakland Raiders scrambles against  Robert Ayers #91 and  Kevin Vickerson #99 of the Denver Broncos in the first quarter at Sports
Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Oakland Raiders scrambles against Robert Ayers #91 and Kevin Vickerson #99 of the Denver Broncos in the first quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 23, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) (Justin Edmonds)

Hillman said of Manning: "You see what he can do. I don't even know too many people who can do that in Madden," referring to the popular video game. "It's pretty cool to have a quarterback like that."

Coming in as the top-ranked running team in the NFL, the Raiders managed just 49 yards on 17 carries, and 23 of those came on a Pryor run around left end. McFadden had 9 yards on 12 carries.

"They came in as the leading rushing team in the NFL and our group was the No. 1 rushing defense," Broncos coach John Fox said. "I thought we answered the bell versus the run this time out."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

SUNDAY'S GAME

Washington (0-3) at Raiders (1-2), 1:25 p.m., FOX

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