Sep 23, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (17) gestures during the game against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Bay Area Buzz 9/24: Manning Dissects Raiders, A's Still Playing for Something, Torres' Absence Create Hole

Manning Dissects Raiders

Quarterback Peyton Manning dissected a Raiders defense that started the season on a high. After the most accurate night in his storied career, Manning brought that unit back to Earth.

Manning completed 32-of-37 passes for 374 yards and three touchdowns, and broke an NFL record in the process. He’s the first player to throw 12 touchdown passes in his first three games, and he did so without throwing an interception.

He dominated because he had ample time to throw, a kiss of death when playing one of the best ever. He was sacked once – surprise, surprise, it forced a turnover – and was hit two other times.

– Scott Bair, CSN Bay Area

A’s Still Have Something to Play For

Now that the A’s have locked up the American League West title and a spot in the playoffs, it’s time for them to coast a bit, take it easy for the next week, then gear up for the postseason, right?

Not so much. If there’s one thing Monday’s 10-5 win over the Angels displayed in graphic color, it was that the A’s aren’t going to half-step to the finish line.

By winning and the Detroit Tigers losing Monday, the A’s magic number for clinching home-field advantage for the American League Division Series shrunk to two, meaning any combination of A’s wins and Tigers’ losses totaling two sews up home-field advantage for Oakland for the first round of the playoffs.

– John Hickey, San Jose Mercury News

Torres’ Absence Creates Hole

Torres-like figures do not leap up on the market very often, which is why Doug Wilson was so excited to outbid three teams to get him last spring and so offended when he was suspended for his hit on Los Angeles’ Jarret Stoll in the playoffs.

Thus, they enter the new season with a hole in their firmament before they even get the chance to determine where their other holes might be. Thus, Sharks fans remain underinformed on the matter of Raffi Torres – better defined for them in absence than in presence.

– Ray Ratto, CSN Bay Area

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