OAKLAND — Former Georgia star running back Knowshon Moreno rushed for more than 100 yards and Peyton Manning passed for 310 yards and a touchdown as Denver beat Oakland 26-13 on Thursday night for its 10th victory of the season.
Moreno rushed a career-high 32 times for 119 yards and scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter. That gave Denver a 23-7 lead en route to its eighth consecutive victory.
Manning hit 26 of 36 passes, including a 6-yard scoring strike to Joel Dreessen for the game’s first points.
It was Manning’s 30th touchdown pass of the season.
He also joined Brett Favre as the only quarterbacks with 5,000 career completions. Manning reached the milestone in 239 games, while Favre took 221.
Matt Prater kicked four field goals for the Broncos (10-3), who moved a half-game ahead of New England and Baltimore for the second-best record in the AFC.
Denver visits Baltimore next week in a game that will help decide who gets a first-round playoff bye.
Carson Palmer threw one interception that thwarted a possible scoring chance for the Raiders (3-10) and lost a fumble that set up a touchdown for the Broncos as Oakland lost its sixth consecutive game.
Palmer was 19 of 30 for 273 yards and two touchdowns. He was intercepted by former Georgia star Champ Bailey
The Raiders were playing the game with heavy hearts. Head coach Dennis Allen, the defensive coordinator in Denver last season, had been in the Dallas area all week because the death of his father, Grady.
The Raiders players talked during the week about rallying around their first-year coach but came out flat against a fierce division rival and were swept in the season-series by the Broncos for the first time since 2006.
Darren McFadden returned for the Raiders after missing the previous four games with a sprained right ankle. He had 52 yards on 11 carries.
The game was mildly competitive for only a brief time as the Raiders got on the board late in the first half on a touchdown pass from Palmer to McFadden and then started with the ball in the third quarter down 13-7.
McFadden broke off a 36-yard run on the first play from scrimmage, but the Raiders drive stalled in Denver territory after that and the Broncos took the game over.