Raiders notes: No Carter, no red flag, no chance

October 1, 2012, 5:16 pm
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DENVER -- Officially, the Raiders were not able to get one hit on Denver quarterback Peyton Manning in their 37-6 loss to the Broncos on Sunday.Not a single one.Surely, recently signed defensive end Andre Carter could have helped that situation, no? Well, no. Not with Carter inactive.So why was Carter, who made the trip, not active for the game?"He hasn't been in camp with anybody, so we just felt like the right thing to do was to give him this week (off)," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said after the game. "We've got the bye week and then we'll evaluate where we are after that."Many critics are pointing to the lack of an Allen challenge early in the third quarter as the flash point for the Raiders' wheels falling off.
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With the score 10-6, and the Raiders facing a 3rd and 5 at their own 25-yard line, quarterback Carson Palmer hit Denarius Moore on a little hitch route on the left sideline. His body appeared to be past the first-down marker but an unfavorable spot had the Raiders short by a yard.So why didn't Allen throw his red challenge flag?"When I looked at it on the review I thought it was the right call," Allen said. "(Moore) caught the ball and kind of rolled backwards out of bounds and that was the explanation that the official gave me so he had to mark it where the ball went when he actually went out of bounds. If he had been touched, then forward progress might have given us the first down there."The Raiders punted and the rout was on.- The Broncos' 37-6 victory was their largest margin of victory over the Raiders since 1962, a year before Al Davis joined Oakland. On Oct. 5, 1962, the Broncos beat the Raiders, 44-7.- The Broncos did not punt in a game for the fifth time in franchise history.- Peyton Manning threw for 338 yards, the NFL record 65th game in his career in which he's passed for at least 300 yards.