Peyton Manning made quick work of the Philadelphia Eagles in a warp-speed game between the NFL’s top two offenses, both of which like to snap the ball quickly.
When Peyton Manning is operating like this, well, there’s not much a defense can do. Manning threw four touchdown passes as the Denver Broncos scored more points than they ever had in team history Sunday, beating the Eagles 52-20.
“I enjoyed it, we were playing a good team and felt really motivated to score points – touchdowns and not field goals and we did that,” said Manning.
Manning completed 28 of 34 passes for 327 yards and no interceptions and his work was so effective that he was able to sit out the fourth quarter as the Broncos enjoyed another blowout win.
Even when the Eagles thought they had the perfect defense, Manning would audible at the line and uncover a weak spot.
“That’s his job,” defensive end Fletcher Cox said. “He may be one of the greatest guys playing the game right now. I think he did a great job of just handling all the situations.”
It was just another day in the life of Manning, whose 16 TD passes are the most in the first month of a season, besting the previous mark of 14 set by Don Meredith in 1966 and tied by Kurt Warner in 1999.
Manning also joined Milt Plum in 1960 as the only quarterbacks to throw that many touchdown passes without an interception, says CBSSports.
“We have high expectations for ourselves and want to go out there and score a lot of points,” Welker said. “We were able to do that today.”
The Eagles actually had the ball longer than the Broncos in the first half, picked up more first downs and gained more yards. Didn’t matter, though, as the Broncos led 21-13 at the break.
Part of that had to do with special teams as Trindon Holliday returned a kick 105 yards for a score in the opening quarter, one of two breakdowns the Eagles had on the day. They also had a punt blocked in the fourth quarter, with Steven Johnson scooping it up for a 17-yard touchdown.
Matt Prater’s 53-yard field goal capped Denver’s 15th straight regular season win, which bested the franchise mark of 14 set in 1997-98 and also broke the previous franchise scoring record of 50 points set against San Diego on Oct. 6, 1963, writes ReporterOnline.
“I think it is disconcerting,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said. “But you’re also playing against an offense that four teams have tried to stop them and they haven’t yet. I don’t have an answer.”
Denver collected 35 first downs overall and only five of them were on third down conversions. Not for the first time this season, Denver ran away with the game in the third quarter with Manning throwing three touchdowns in that period. The team has scored 62 points in the third so far this season.