Peyton Manning threw three first-half touchdown passes and the Denver Broncos cruised to a 37-21 victory against the Oakland Raiders that extended their regular-season winning streak to 14 games.
Manning, who completed 32 of 37 passes for 374 yards, now has a record 12 touchdown passes through the first three weeks of the National Football League season. He broke the previous mark of 11 set by Tom Brady of the New England Patriots in 2011, and said there’s still room for improvement in a Broncos offense that totaled 536 yards of offense and lost three fumbles.
“When we’re executing and not making mistakes, we can go the distance,” Manning said in a televised interview. “But you still see some mistakes -- turnovers, penalties on a short yardage situation where we had to settle for field goals. Those are things we have to iron out.”
The Broncos are among seven teams to start 3-0 this season, joining the Kansas City Chiefs, Patriots and Miami Dolphins in the American Football Conference, and the Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears in the National Football Conference.
The Broncos jumped out to a 17-0 lead midway through the second quarter last night in Denver as Manning threw a pair of touchdown passes: a two-yarder to Eric Decker and from 12 yards out to Wes Welker. Matt Prater added a 53-yard field goal for the home team.
After Terrelle Pryor and Denarius Moore hooked up for a 73-yard touchdown pass that pulled the Raiders within 17-7, Manning tossed a 13-yard scoring pass to Julius Thomas. Prater then added two more field goals to push Denver’s lead to 30-7.
Darren McFadden threw a touchdown pass and also ran for a score for the Raiders, while Ronnie Hillman capped the Broncos’ scoring with a one-yard touchdown run.
Denver’s 127 points through three games is tied for the second most in NFL history, trailing only the 132 scored over that span by the 1968 Dallas Cowboys. The 1966 Cowboys also scored 127 points in their first three games.
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