One quarter of the NFL season is already over, and the Broncos are 3-1. It was all offense yesterday as the Denver Broncos beat the undefeated Arizona Cardinals in Denver 41-20. It was a record setting day for both Wide Receiver Demaryius Thomas and Quarterback Peyton Manning.
Scoring two touchdowns on eight receptions, Demaryius Thomas had a Broncos-record 226 receiving yards. Thomas had more yards before halftime yesterday than he had in his first three games. The biggest of these was an 86-yarder, which tied the longest play in Peyton Manning’s career.
In the Broncos’ first possession of the game, Peyton Manning completed a seven-yard pass to Julius Thomas for the 500th touchdown of his career (Thomas also caught Manning’s 51st season TD last season). Manning joins Brett Favre as the only other player in NFL history to have more than 500 career touchdowns. Manning reached the record in 49 fewer games than Favre. Manning threw for a career-high 479 yards, which is the second-most in Broncos history and tied him with Dan Marino for the most 400-yard passing games in NFL history with 13. Peyton even made his eighth career tackle, saving an Arizona touchdown after his interception. In yesterday’s win over the Cardinals, the Broncos established a single-game total yardage record with 568 yards from scrimmage.
I am going to the Broncos – Jets game Sunday in New Jersey (returning to the scene of the crime MetLife stadium), continuing my seeing one Broncos game a season streak. Will Peyton Manning break Favre’s 508 career touchdown record in while I’m there? He needs six to break the NFL record. Manning can do it. He’s done it before, just ask the Baltimore Ravens (last season’s opener). Follow me on Twitter @DeenasDays as I will be live tweeting with pics and vids throughout the game. Kickoff is at 1pm est.