The Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning continued breaking records Sunday as they defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 52-20. This was Denver’s 15th straight regular-season win, which broke the Broncos’ record of 14 set in the 1997-1998 season. Denver’s 52 points Sunday was the most in their 54-year history. This was the Broncos’ fourth consecutive blowout win. In four games, Denver has scored 49, 41, 37, and 52 points, which is a total of 179. This is the most points scored by a team since the 1966 Dallas Cowboys’ 183 points.
Peyton Manning threw his 16th touchdown pass Sunday, which is the most in NFL history through four games. He broke Kurt Warner’s record of 14. With these 16 touchdowns, Manning has thrown no interceptions. He is only the second quarterback in NFL history to do so. The other is Milt Plum of the 1960 Cleveland Browns. Manning also broke Brett Favre’s NFL record with his 24th game of at least four touchdown passes.
Sunday the Philadelphia Eagles became the first team in NFL history to rush for 750 yards and pass for 1,000 yards through the first four games of the season. Not that it mattered in their loss to the Broncos. Peyton Manning connected with Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker two times each for his four touchdowns. Manning completed all but six of his 34 passes for 327 yards. Knowshon Moreno rushed for 78 yards on 12 carries and 1 touchdown while Eric Decker had 88 yards on five receptions. The Denver Broncos are most dangerous in the second half. No one has figured out the Broncos after their halftime adjustments. In the third quarter Sunday, Denver scored 21 points with three 80-yard touchdown drives. On those drives, Manning completed passes to six different Broncos – receivers Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker, running backs Ronnie Hillman and Knowshon Moreno, and tight end Julius Thomas. So far, this is a problem no defensive coordinator has been able to solve.
Who is going to stop Peyton Manning and beat the Denver Broncos? Denver is averaging 44.8 points per game and is on pace to score 716 points this season, surpassing the NFL record of 589 points set by the New England Patriots perfect 2007 season. The Patriots only scored 148 points in their first four games that year, in comparison to the Bronco’s 179 this season. Peyton Manning is on pace to throw 64 touchdowns this season, which would break Tom Brady’s record 50 touchdowns in 2007. Keep in mind that Manning did not throw a touchdown pass in the first quarter of the season opener, sat out in the fourth quarter Sunday, and was on the sideline for about 12 minutes in the first half while the Denver Defense was taking care of things. That means that Manning has really thrown 16 passes in 13 quarters. In the first four games, Trindon Holliday has two touchdown returns and Wes Welker has six touchdowns, which is as many as he had all last season.
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