BRONCOS 31

RAIDERS 3Jake Plummer passed for 190 yards and three touchdowns, Reuben Droughns rushed for 176 yards and a touchdown, and the Denver Broncos took command of the AFC West with a 31-3 victory Sunday over the Oakland Raiders.

Jeb Putzier, Dwayne Carswell and Ashley Lelie caught first-half touchdown passes from Plummer, who led the Broncos (5-1) to a 28-point cushion in the third quarter and 444 total yards. Droughns had his second straight 100-yard game, a week after going for 193 yards in a win over Carolina.

Denver allowed just 145 total yards to the Raiders (2-4), who have lost three straight games.

The Broncos took a two-game lead in the AFC West by scoring the biggest win against their archrival since another 28-point victory in 1997.

Oakland's Jerry Rice didn't catch a pass for the third time this season. The 42-year-old Rice, who asked for a trade last week, showed his frustration on the sideline late in the second quarter when Alvis Whitted went in instead of him, and was seen complaining to receivers coach Fred Biletnikoff.

Jake Plummer (190 yards, three touchdowns) stays a step ahead of Oakland linebacker Napoleon Harris.