It was sure to be a matchup of two of the best offenses in the NFL, but only one of them decided to show up. The entire Denver Broncos team can pat themselves on the back after a historic and dominating performance yesterday, annihilating the Philadelphia Eagles 52-20 on their home turf.
Peyton Manning shined once again for the Broncos offence, connecting 34 passes for 327 yards and four touchdowns (two for Wes Welker, two for Demaryius Thomas). Knowshon Moreno added another score and 78 yards on the ground and the Denver special teams added two extra touchdowns from a Trindon Holliday kickoff return and a great individual effort by Steven Johnson, who blocked a punt, recovered the ball and ran 17 yards into the end zone.
"Against Philadelphia, you have to score," Manning said after the game. "We were motivated on offense to do out our jobs."
And score they did. The 52 points scored against the Eagles yesterday is a franchise record, beating the previous Broncos record of 50 set in 1963. Manning has now thrown for 16 touchdowns in the first four games of the season, a new NFL record surpassing Kurt Warner and Don Meredith’s previous record of 14 touchdown passes.
The Denver defense did not force any turnovers for the first time this season, but contained Philly’s most potent weapons from doing any threatening damage. Michael Vick threw for 248 yards with no interceptions and added 41 yards rushing, but he was sacked three times and held out of the end zone. Starting running back LeSean McCoy ran for 73 yards, but it was Chris Polk who got the nod for a four-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. The Broncos’ secondary got the best of the Eagle’s receiving corps, whose best performance came from Jeff Maehl catching a touchdown from backup quarterback Nick Foles late in the fourth quarter.
If there is one thing the Broncos could have done better, it’s getting off to a faster start. The Broncos took the lead early on and did not relinquish it, but Manning got off to another slow start. He was sidelined in the first half for 12 minutes and kept the Eagles within a score until Moreno’s touchdown with five minutes left. Thankfully for the fans, Manning is the best adjustment quarterback in the NFL.
The Broncos head to Dallas next Sunday to take on the 2-2 Cowboys. Can the Broncos remain undefeated after Week 5?