Manning handily beats Raiders, records

September, 24, 2013
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And you thought Peyton Manning’s stats through the first two games were impressive.

Manning added to his ledger with an amazing performance in the Denver Broncos 37-21 win over the Oakland Raiders.

Record-Book Rewrite
Manning broke the record for most touchdown throws in the first three games of a season by the end of the first half. His 12 is one better than the previous mark of 11, set by Tom Brady for the New England Patriots in 2011.

Manning finished 32-for-37 for 374 yards. His 86.5 percent completion rate was the best he’s ever had in a game in which he threw at least 20 passes. His previous-best was an 85.3 percent effort against the Jaguars in 2008.

Manning was 21-for-24 passing in the first half. He hadn’t had a more accurate half in which he threw at least 20 passes since Week 15 in 2006 when he went 18-for-20 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Key to the early success was his completing all eight of his play-action passes, which netted him 155 yards and one of his three touchdowns.

The image below shows Manning's completion rate by area of the field. The bottom of the image represents the area closest to him in his dropback. The top rows represent his longest throws of the day.

Of note: In the four sections that have a 100 percent rating, Manning was a
combined 21-for-21 for 184 yards.


Manning has 1,143 passing yards through three weeks, which Elias notes is fourth-most through three games in NFL history.

Not just for Manning … for the Broncos too
The Broncos have won 14 straight regular-season games, tied with the 1997-1998 teams for the longest regular-season streak in team history.

Their 127 points through three games is tied for second-most in NFL history, five points shy of the 132 points put up by the Dallas Cowboys in 1968.

Denver finished with 536 total yards of offense. The Broncos are the only NFL team with multiple games of 500 yards of offense this season. The Elias Sports Bureau notes that their 1,460 yards are the fourth-most of any team through three games (the 2011 Patriots hold that record, 1,621).

The guys who caught the ball
Eric Decker had 133 receiving yards for the Broncos, tied for the second-most in any game in his career. His best game came a year ago to the day, 135 yards against the Houston Texans.

Decker had 60 yards after the catch. Broncos receivers have an NFL-best 355 yards after the catch this season.

Decker has 12 red-zone touchdowns since the start of last season, tied with James Jones for the most in the NFL.

Decker’s teammate Wes Welker caught a touchdown pass for the fifth straight game. That’s the longest streak of his career.

Elias Sports Bureau Stat of the Night
The Broncos are 3-0, the 12th time they’ve been 3-0 since the AFL-NFL merger. That’s tied with the Dallas Cowboys for second-most 3-0 starts in that span, trailing only the Dolphins who are 3-0 for the 13th time.

Manning is now 3-0 to start a season for the sixth time in his career, tying Dan Marino for the most such starts in the Super Bowl-era.

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