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Denver at Oakland

Denver wins seventh of last eight with stout defense

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jake Plummer threw a slant pass toward Rod Smith when Kirk Morrison stepped in front, seemingly poised for an interception and maybe even a touchdown return.

He dropped the ball. That's the kind of season it's been for Plummer: Even when he makes mistakes, somehow he escapes unscathed.

Now, his Denver Broncos are in command of the AFC West.

Plummer passed for 205 yards and a touchdown, had no interceptions and wasn't sacked all day, and Jason Elam kicked three field goals to lead Denver past the Oakland Raiders 31-17 on Sunday.

"You saw it today, there was somebody looking out for me, football love, or something like that," Plummer said. "That ball was in No. 52's hands. He should have run it back for a touchdown, but it fell to the ground. There have been a lot of balls that have been tipped up during my time in the league that have sat up there and hovered like a spaceship. I've been marked as a guy who has thrown a lot of picks."

Twenty last season. He has three this year.

Plummer worked tirelessly to eliminate all the mistakes that plagued him in the past. He's been near perfect, catching some long-awaited breaks.

"I just dropped the ball," Morrison said. "You have to make that play, especially at that time of the game. I could have helped our team swing the momentum and help us win the game."

Darrent Williams did that for Denver. He had a 52-yard punt return to set up the Broncos' first touchdown, then made an 80-yard interception return for a fourth-quarter score that ended Oakland's chance at a comeback.

Ashley Lelie caught passes of 41 and 38 yards as the Broncos (7-2) took a two-game division lead after the Kansas City Chiefs lost 14-3 at Buffalo. Mike Anderson ran for a 1-yard score and Denver looked sharp coming off its bye week, methodically handling the Raiders (3-6) on both sides of the ball.

Plummer completed 10 of 13 passes in the first half and had plenty of time to throw on most of his chances thanks to the strong play of his offensive line.

"That's what we do, we make plays when necessary," said Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey, who enjoyed his first career matchup with Randy Moss. "We got it done, and that's what matters. There's nothing we can do except win games."

Moss had a 29-yard touchdown among his six receptions, his most catches since joining the Raiders from Minnesota in March. He now has five TDs, but that didn't seem to matter to Moss. While the rest of the players shook hands afterward, a seething Moss walked off the field alone. He hasn't spoken to the media since the season opener Sept. 8 at New England.

Quarterback Kerry Collins couldn't do much right in his worst game of the year. He completed 26 of 50 passes for 310 yards, doubled his season total with three interceptions and was sacked four times. Collins connected with Moss in the opening minute of the fourth quarter for one of the few highlights by the Oakland offense.

Moss, again playing in a limited role because of bruised ribs, a strained groin and bruised pelvic area from a fall against San Diego on Oct. 16, caught the ball in the corner of the end zone just over the outstretched hand of Domonique Foxworth.

The Raiders got another chance right away when Smith fumbled after a catch and Fabian Washington recovered, but Oakland settled for a 40-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski after Collins was sacked and fumbled.

"I'm real disappointed in the way I played," Collins said. "It's pretty simple. I need to play better. I can't do the things I did today."

The Raiders, trying to bounce back from a demoralizing last-second 27-23 road defeat to the Chiefs, are 2-14 against the division since losing the Super Bowl to Tampa Bay after the 2002 season and winless in four games against the AFC West this season.

Collins was picked off by Bailey on Oakland's second drive of the game when Collins threw behind Jerry Porter in Denver territory, but the Broncos went three-and-out.

On Denver's next drive, Williams returned the punt 52 yards to the Oakland 30. Two plays later, Plummer hit Smith on a 27-yard touchdown pass.

Plummer completed a 38-yard pass to Lelie on the Broncos' following possession, again exploiting the injury-depleted Oakland secondary. That set up Elam's 22-yard field goal. He also kicked field goals of 38 and 25 yards.

Notes

  • Jason Elam's 11 points give him 193 for his career against the Raiders, moving past Nick Lowery (189) for the most ever against Al Davis' team.
  • The visiting team has won the last four meetings in this rivalry -- the longest stretch of road teams winning in the series.
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Scoring Summary
1ST QUARTER
None
2ND QUARTER
TDRod Smith, 27 Yd pass from Jake Plummer (Jason Elam kick is good), 14:54. Drive: 2 plays, 30 yards in 0:39.
FGJason Elam 22 Yd, 8:12. Drive: 10 plays, 55 yards in 5:04.
FGJason Elam 38 Yd, 0:00. Drive: 8 plays, 45 yards in 2:27.
3RD QUARTER
TDMike Anderson, 1 Yd run (Jason Elam kick is good), 7:21. Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards in 5:28.
FGJason Elam 25 Yd, 0:59. Drive: 8 plays, 46 yards in 4:41.
4TH QUARTER
TDRandy Moss, 29 Yd pass from Kerry Collins (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good), 14:16. Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards in 1:43.
FGSebastian Janikowski 40 Yd, 12:03. Drive: 6 plays, 15 yards in 2:00.
TDDarrent Williams, 80 Yd interception return (Jake Plummer pass to Jeb Putzier for 2 Pt. Conversion), 7:02.
TDDoug Gabriel, 14 Yd pass from Kerry Collins (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good), 1:59. Drive: 15 plays, 72 yards in 5:03.
Players of the Game

R. Moss
Rec 6
Yds 87
Avg 14.5
TD 1

M. Anderson
Rush 17
Yds 65
Avg 3.8
TD 1
 
Denver
PassingCP/ATYDSTDINT
J. Plummer16/2220510
RushingATTYDSTDLG
M. Anderson1765123
T. Bell1644014
J. Plummer3709
C. Adams2507
ReceivingRECYDSTDLG
A. Lelie376041
R. Smith550127
J. Putzier333018
K. Johnson117017
T. Bell315013
S. Alexander114014
Oakland
PassingCP/ATYDSTDINT
K. Collins26/5031023
RushingATTYDSTDLG
L. Jordan1448011
Z. Crockett31206
ReceivingRECYDSTDLG
R. Moss687129
L. Jordan760023
D. Gabriel558114
A. Whitted353026
J. Porter327011
C. Anderson118018
Z. Crockett1707
Complete Player Stats
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