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Live from Oakland: Broncos at Raiders

PAUL KLEE Updated: December 6, 2012 at 12:00 am

OAKLAND, Calif. — San Diego was bad. Kansas City, too.

Oakland might be worse.

The Broncos didn't have their finest outing, but that isn't necessary against the Raiders. Denver cruised past Oakland (26-13) Thursday night.

The Raiders failed in almost every aspect. With 7 minutes left in regulation, Oakland had more penalties (11) than points (seven). Inside O.co Coliseum, there were more empty seats than filled. There's more concern than promise.

Denver continued to dominate the AFC West. The Broncos are 5-0 in the division they clinched five days ago.

The clinching play Thursday came from Von Miller, who sacked Carson Palmer and forced a fumble. Denver's recovery led to a short touchdown run by Knowshon Moreno. That put Denver ahead, 23-7.

Denver (10-3) has won eight straight games, its longest streak in 14 years. Oakland (3-10) has lost six straight, its longest streak in five years.

Live Report — Broncos 26, Raiders 7 — O.co Coliseum — End of third quarter

-Von Miller put it away with a sack-fumble that led to a TD run by Knowshown Moreno.

-The Spanish radio guy announced the sack in the press box: "Voooooooooon Miller!"

-Matt Leinart looks bored, even if he has one of the best jobs in sports.

-The boos came out again with 3:46 left in the third. Raiders fans want a change. A change in coaching. A change in quarterbacking. Maybe a change in ownership?

-The Broncos fans in attendance are having a grand day by the bay. Two guys wearing No. 87 and No. 24 jerseys appear to be on beers 13 and 14.

-Howie Long and Ronnie Lott were among the former Raiders honored at halftime. The Raiders need them to suit up.

-Still waiting to see Demaryius Thomas catch a pass, get tackled and not grab his shoulder, ankle, knee, hand, helmet, name it, in apparent pain.

Back in a few. Klee

Live Report — Broncos 13, Raiders 7 — O.co Coliseum — Halftime

-The Broncos had a golden chance to make it a short night. Plus, Demaryius Thomas left the game with a shoulder injury. He's questionable to return. Denver had three red-zone visits... and only one touchdown. The Raiders went 22 minutes with one first down... then moved 80 yards on 14 plays for a touchdown without issue. Far from an ideal half for the visiting team.

-NFL commissioner Roger Goodell took a lap around the field early in the second quarter.

-Matt Leinart warms up Carson Palmer on the sideline. Two USC quarterbacks in a pod.

-Something to think about: the Broncos probably will face only one playoff team (Baltimore) over their final 11 games. That figures to give the talking heads something to talk about.

-Denver went nearly six quarters without punting against the Raiders. Britton Colquitt finally had to boot one with 13 seconds left in the first half. Denver didn't punt in their first meeting.

-Peyton Manning got an earful from the Raiders faithful going into the tunnel. Right after they snapped a photo with their phones.

Back in a few. Klee

Live Report — Broncos 10, Raiders 0 — End of first quarter

-Choosing a fantasy WR with Manning is like choosing a fantasy RB with Mike Shanahan. Last week the beneficiary was Demaryius Thomas (OK, and Mitch Unrein).

This week, so far, it's been Eric Decker and the tight ends.

-Little guys have to look out for each other. Trindon Holliday (5-foot-5) fumbled a punt. Tony Carter (5-9) recovered.

-Mickey Thomas, formerly of Jefferson Starship, sang the national anthem. He may have built this city, but no one came. Loose estimate: 28,000 in attendance.

-What's wrong with the Raiders? Where do you start?

“The guys are playing hard. They’re hitting everything they see. And that’s good," Oakland defensive coordinator Jason Tarver said Tuesday. "What it’s been is staying in the moment, would be the way I would describe it. Understand there will be swings in games and understanding those things."

-It took 4 minutes, 37 seconds of game time for the boos to switch direction. At kickoff, Raiders fans booed the Broncos. After the Raiders first possession, they booed the Raiders.

-Doubt the NFL Network will scan the upper decks. You'll have to trust me: Those seats are mostly empty.

-That 58-yard pass completion wasn't the longest the Broncos have allowed this season. Matt Schaub completed a 60-yarder to Andre Johnson.

-Champ Bailey took the intercepted ball to the sideline with him. He tied Tyrone Braxton for the fourth-most INTs in team history (34).

-Raiders crowd can't decide it's mood. Mainly, it's just angry. The home fans cheered the deep completion... then seconds later booed the interception. No fights spotted. Yet.

Back in a few. Klee

Gazette.com Live Report — Broncos (9-3) at Raiders (3-9) — O.co Coliseum — Kickoff

-Here's one worth typing: Sebastian Janikowski is 24-for-26 on field goal attempts. His only misses: 64 and 61 yards. Records also indicate he's been with the Raiders since 1924.

-One of the most pleasant guys to work with in the Broncos locker room is Mike Adams. Class move prior to kickoff as well — stopped to say hello to the same Raiders booing him.

-Working on a column for Sunday on ex-Falcon Ben Garland. Quality conversation with him on Tuesday.

-It's not 50-percent full in O.co Coliseum at kickoff. Gorgeous night for a game, too.

Back in a few. Klee

Gazette.com Live Report — Broncos (9-3) at Raiders (3-9) — O.co Coliseum — Kickoff: 5:20 p.m.

-Large contingent of Broncos fans in attendance. The east stands — is that east? I'm all turned around, water's this way and that — are predominantly orange near the railing.

-Healthy shower of boos rained down on the Broncos when Britton Colquitt and Matt Prater took the field.

-Joel Dreesen, who knows the rivalry, said this at Dove Valley on Tuesday: "I remember walking through the parking lot and seeing Broncos and Raiders fans fighting."

-The Raiders have lost five straight, their longest losing streak since 2007 — Lane Kiffin's first season.

-From the elevator to the press box: "I hate the Broncos."

Back in a few. Klee

Gazette.com Live Report — Broncos (9-3) at Raiders (3-9) — O.co Coliseum — Kickoff: 5:20 p.m.

Evening everyone. Paul Klee joining you from Oakland's O.co Coliseum, where it's always Halloween. We'll be here through the final horn with notes and observations on anything we see in the stadium, crowd and sideline. Updates will publish at the end of each quarter.

-Partly cloudy and warm enough there were T-shirts in the parking lots. The parking lots, however, were about 1/10 full when I arrived. Not expecting more than 40,000 here tonight. It's that bad for the Raiders.

-John Gruden rumors are flying in this corner of the Bay Area. I don't expect that to happen... in Oakland. Elsewhere in the division? Very possible.

-Broncos on the field right now: Eric Decker (going through his extensive, Yoga-ish stretching routine), Trindon Holliday (going through his sprinter's warmup) and Brock Osweiler (jogging and celebrating Gonzaga's win against Washington State last night).

-Injury updates: Chris Kuper was downgraded to questionable today. Wesley Woodyard did not make the trip. Brandon Stokley was limited in practice Wednesday and is questionable.

-D.J. Williams, a star at nearby Concord (Calif.) De La Salle in high school, will start in place of Woodyard.

-The AFC West has faced too many hardships of late. These rocky times have nothing to do with football — but football can show how to offer support. Column from today.

-CU hire a coach yet? Perception is reality in college athletics. Quick analysis from last night.

Reach out via email (paul.klee@gazette.com) or Twitter (@Klee_Gazette). Back in a few. Klee

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