On Sunday, quarterback Peyton Manning led the Denver Broncos to another blowout win. The Philadelphia Eagles were the victims this time, and they could only watch as the Broncos set a franchise record in their 52-20 victory.
Never before in the Broncos’ 54-year history had they ever piled up as many points in a single game.
Manning once again torched an opposing defense, dissecting the Eagles with precision passing. Manning completed 27 of 34 passes for 327 yards and four touchdowns. He wasn’t intercepted for the fourth straight week, either.
Manning set a new NFL record with 16 touchdown passes in the first four games of a season, breaking the record of 14 first set by Don Meredith in 1966 and matched by Kurt Warner in 1999. And he continues to make it look easy.
His 16 TB passes without an interception also ties a record set back in 1960 by Milt Plum of the Cleveland Browns.
The accolades, records and accomplishments can go on and on, but to put it simply, Manning can’t be stopped. At least not according to Eagles head coach Chip Kelly.
"Four teams have tried to stop them, and they haven't yet," Kelly said after his team’s blowout loss.
It’s probably safe to say that during Kelly’s entire collegiate coaching career, he never faced an opposing quarterback like Manning.
Welcome to the NFL, coach.
All Kelly could do was watch as the Broncos ran and passed their way past an Eagles defense that had been completely overhauled with the transition of coaches from Andy Reid to Kelly.
"This is a tough-ass league," Kelly said. "If we come out and we're hanging our heads feeling sorry for ourselves, then I'll say we didn't have any progress or growth. … They come back to work on Tuesday, then I'll be excited about this group and we move forward."
For the Broncos, they’ve now scored a whopping 179 points in the first month of play. The next closest team—the Chicago Bears—have scored 127.
As for Manning, he’s putting up video game-type numbers that are positively staggering. He’s currently on pace to throw for 5,880 yards and 64 touchdowns. Tom Brady holds the NFL record with 50 scoring strikes and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees holds the NFL mark with 5,476 yards in a single season.
The Eagles are clearly a team in flux. Now with a 1-3 record, Kelly must rework a defense that’s given up 138 points in four games. Only the 0-4 New York Giants have given up more points (146) thus far.
Kelly is right about one thing, however. Manning and the Broncos are near unstoppable. Manning also set another record with his 24th career game of at least four touchdown passes, breaking the mark set by Brett Favre.
The Broncos travel to Dallas next week to face the Cowboys, now 2-2 after losing 30-21 to the San Diego Chargers. The Cowboys’ defense has been spotty thus far, so they’ll clearly have their hands full with a Broncos offense that shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Manning has now thrown an absurd 53 touchdown passes in 20 games since joining the Broncos. His current run of success has far surpassed the greatest who ever played the position.
And he’s still got 12 more games to go.
On Sunday, Manning only needed three quarters to amass his incredible numbers. He was replaced by backup Brock Osweiler with the score 49-13 in the fourth quarter.
The Broncos have Manning to thank for their success thus far, but with everything clicking on all cylinders, the team and its fans are flying a mile high right about now, so to speak.