OAKLAND, Calif. - Peyton Manning threw his 30th touchdown pass of the season on the game's opening drive, and the Denver Broncos rolled to their eighth straight victory, beating the Oakland Raiders, 26-13, on Thursday night.

Knowshon Moreno ran for 119 yards and a score on a career-high 32 carries, and 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 straight game.

Broncos 26, Raiders 13

Denver 10 3 13 0 – 26

Oakland 0 7 0 6 – 13

First quarter

Den–Dreessen 6 pass from Manning (Prater kick), 10:30.

Den–FG Prater 43, 5:09.

Second quarter

Den–FG Prater 34, 13:39.

Oak–McFadden 6 pass from Palmer (Janikowski kick), 1:59.

Third quarter

Den–FG Prater 20, 7:30.

Den–Moreno 1 run (Prater kick), 5:07.

Den–FG Prater 33, :19.

Fourth quarter

Oak–Heyward-Bey 56 pass from Palmer (pass failed), 5:36.

A: 53,807.

Den   Oak

First downs 30   14

Total Net Yards 428   324

Rushes-yards 39-140   16-61

Passing 288   263

Punt Returns 1-0   1-8

Kickoff Returns 1-33   2-34

Interceptions Ret. 1-18   1-0

Comp-Att-Int 26-36-1   19-30-1

Sacked-Yards Lost 3-22   1-10

Punts 2-44.5   5-43.4

Fumbles-Lost 1-0   1-1

Penalties-Yards 3-25   11-94

Time of Possession 37:19   22:41

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing: Denver, Moreno 32-119, Hillman 4-24, Manning 3-(minus 3). Oakland, McFadden 11-52, Reece 4-10, Palmer 1-(minus 1).

Passing: Denver, Manning 26-36-1-310. Oakland, Palmer 19-30-1-273.

Receiving: Denver, Decker 8-88, D.Thomas 5-83, Dreessen 5-30, Moreno 4-48, Tamme 2-24, Willis 1-19, Caldwell 1-18. Oakland, Heyward-Bey 5-82, Streater 4-100, Moore 4-43, Criner 2-24, McFadden 2-12, Myers 1-7, Reece 1-5.

Missed Field Goals: None.