Last night Peyton Manning did it again for the Denver Broncos, who destroyed the Oakland Raiders 37-21.
According to the YouWager live lines the Broncos 127 points this season lead the NFL and are 31 more than second-place Green Bay Packers’ total.
It was the Broncos’ 14th straight regular-season victory, tying the franchise record set in 1998 when Denver won their second Super Bowl.
The 37 year-old quarterback went 32-for-37 for 374 yards and three touchdowns, and put his name in the record books a few more times while outwitting the overmatched Oakland (1-2).
YouWager experts point out that Manning’s 12 touchdown passes are one more than Tom Brady’s old record for the first three games, set in 2011. The New Orleans native has yet to throw an interception, which matches a record held by Michael Vick, who also threw 12 touchdowns before his first pick in 2010.
As much as the numbers, it was Manning’s deciphering of the Raiders’ defense really impressed everyone.
Manning’s first touchdown, a 2-yard pass to Eric Decker (eight catches, 133 yards), came after a subtle play-action fake that froze the defense and left Decker uncovered in the back of the end zone.
Manning next focused on his next two touchdowns and Welker and Thomas didn’t have defenders within three steps of them when they caught the passes. Wide open. A sure sign that the star QB had diagnosed the defense he was looking at well before the snap and knew exactly where he wanted to go with the ball.
As for the Broncos biggest foe, the Raiders — since Manning arrived, Denver has been able to outscore them 100-40 in three runaway victories.