DENVER – Forget fast-break football. This was steel-cold efficiency.
Peyton Manning made quick work of the Philadelphia Eagles in a warp-speed game between the NFL’s top two offenses.
The Denver Broncos (4-0) scored more points than they ever had in their 54-year history on Sunday, blowing out the Eagles 52-20 behind Manning’s four touchdown throws and two special-teams scores.
“Might have to give old Thunder an IV after this one,” Manning said of the white Arabian gelding who trots around Sports Authority Field after touchdowns.
With two TD passes each to Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker, Manning completed 28 of his 34 throws for 327 yards.
He didn’t even step on the field in the fourth quarter and was on the sideline for a 12-minute stretch in the first half, no less.
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.
Denver collected 35 first downs overall and only five of them were on third-down conversions.
“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.”
The Eagles (1-3) also allowed two TDs on special teams in losing for the third straight time, all to AFC West opponents: Trindon Holliday’s 105-yard kickoff return and Steven Johnson’s blocked punt, which he scooped up himself and returned for a 17-yard score.
Den—Welker 6 pass from Manning (Prater kick)
Phi—FG Henery 35
Den—Holliday 105 kickoff return (Prater kick)
Phi—FG Henery 25
Phi—Polk 4 run (Henery kick)
Den—Moreno 4 run (Prater kick)
Den—D.Thomas 1 pass from Manning (Prater kick)
Den—D.Thomas 15 pass from Manning (Prater kick)
Den—Welker 4 pass from Manning (Prater kick)
Den—Johnson 17 blocked punt return (Prater kick)
Den—FG Prater 53
Phi—Maehl 6 pass from Foles (Henery kick)
|Total Net Yards||450||472|
|Time of Poss.||26:38||33:22|
RUSHING—Philadelphia, McCoy 16-73, Vick 8-41, Polk 3-33, Brown 8-19. Denver, Moreno 12-78, Hillman 11-36, Ball 8-24, Osweiler 2-3.
PASSING—Philadelphia, Vick 14-27-0-248, Foles 3-4-0-49. Denver, Manning 28-34-0-327, Osweiler 2-3-0-10.
RECEIVING—Philadelphia, Celek 3-57, Maehl 2-43, Brown 2-41, Jackson 2-34, Cooper 2-25, Polk 2-19, Ertz 1-38, McCoy 1-21, Casey 1-12, Avant 1-7. Denver, D.Thomas 9-86, Welker 7-76, Decker 5-88, J.Thomas 4-43, Hillman 2-21, Moreno 1-13, Caldwell 1-5, Green 1-5.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—Philadelphia, Henery 46 (WR).