|Denarius Moore caught five passes for 104 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against the Falcons, posting his first 100-yard receiving game of the year and fourth of his career. (US Presswire)|
The Oakland Raiders were backed up deep in their own end Sunday at Atlanta, facing first-and-10 from the 2-yard line late in the first quarter.
With almost everyone at the Georgia Dome expecting the Raiders to run, WR Denarius Moore shot off the line, ran past Falcons CB Asante Samuel and hauled in Carson Palmer's 49-yard pass, deep down the right sideline.
"He can just flat run by anybody in the league," Palmer said of Moore. "He catches the ball extremely well, so he's the complete package."
"I'm back to 100 percent physically," Moore said. "Now it's just getting all the mental reps down, get the little (details down) that I've been missing out on, edge splits and where I should be lined up and what's my assignment."
Moore averaged 20.8 yards per catch Sunday, increasing his season's average to a team-high 16.9. Despite missing one game and being limited in another, he has 17 catches for 287 yards and two touchdowns, tied for the team lead. He has more catches, receiving yards and touchdown catches than any other Raider receiver.
"He seems to be back," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. "He's running routes exceptionally well. He's been explosive in the passing game. So I think as we continue to have our receivers be healthy and continue to get a chance to work with Carson (Palmer), I think they'll get better in their timing and their decision making."
Palmer said Moore is still knocking off a little "rust," but the Raider QB's not complaining.
When Palmer came to the Raiders in a trade from Cincinnati last Oct. 18, he and Moore had almost instant chemistry on the field. In their third game together, Moore caught five passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns against San Diego.
"He's so coachable and just wants to do the right thing, doesn't want to be the superstar or doesn't need all the attention," Palmer said. "Just wants to play football. Loves the game, loves practice. Those guys are the best guys to play with. You enjoy it."
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