This wasn't an NFL game of competitive parity. Nor was this close to an AFC West tussle between the Broncos and their rivals the Oakland Raiders. This was Peyton Manning having fun in the swampy fields of New Orleans teasing all his no-hope hometown chums in a game of two-hand touch. Ha! Ha! Better yet this was Manning at practice in Dove Valley — his most comfortable setting — picking apart his teammates in a 7-on-7 passing drill. The Broncos' quarterback is making it look ridiculously easy three games into the 2013 season. He became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw 12 touchdown passes through the first three games. And Manning had his passing dozen by halftime of Game 3. The Broncos ripped the Raiders 37-21 on Monday night at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. And no it wasn't that close. Manning moved the Broncos to leads of 17-0 early in the second quarter and 30-7 early in the second half. Manning completed 32-of-37 passes for 374 yards three touchdowns and no interceptions — and all five of his misses hit the intended receiver in the hands. With two minutes left in the first half Manning was 18-of-20 for 229 yards and three touchdown passes. Manning was in the process of leading the Broncos to their franchise record-tying 14th consecutive regular-season victory. The first 11 in the streak were the last 11 games of the 2012 season. The only other 14-game winning streak by the Broncos occurred during the 1997-98 season. There was a Super Bowl championship trophy between that run. There was a devastating playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the midst of the Broncos' current 14-game winning streak. Then again this run isn't finished. The Philadelphia Eagles are next up on the Broncos' schedule.
Peyton continues record pace, Broncos blow out Raiders
Denver Post | Sep 24