Peyton Manning was majestic once again Monday night.
Manning led his Denver Broncos to a perfect 3-0 start thanks to some precision passing and a mastery of the offense that only confuses and confounds defenses.
He gets his team to the line with a quickness and can audible on a moment's notice, breaking the will of any defense, as he did against the Oakland Raiders Monday.
On Denver's first drive of the game, and after advancing deep into Oakland territory, the Broncos ran a play-action pass that left Eric Decker wide open in the middle of the field for the walk-in touchdown.
Early in the second quarter, Manning brought his team to the line and called an audible. He pounded his fist into his left hand – which announcer John Gruden said is the universal sign for a corner route – but Welker ran a corner-post and was wide open. It was amazing on-field coaching by Manning and put on display their chemistry after playing only three games together.
That was his 11th touchdown pass of the short season, but he Manning wasn't finished yet.
Later in that quarter, the Raiders decided to send a corner blitz when Denver went into a five receiver set. Manning read it perfectly, calling out changes at the line and finding Julius Thomas on a quick out, which he turned upfield and into the end zone for the third TD pass of the day.
The Broncos went into halftime leading 27-7, meaning there wasn't much need for Manning to continue passing the ball. Still, he ended with notable numbers, completing 32-37 passes for 374 yards and three touchdowns.
It marked the 75th time Manning went over 300 passing yards in a game, extending his NFL record.
But he also set two new records as well.
His touchdown pass to Thomas was the 12th in only three games, which passed Tom Brady's 11 in 2007.
Also, Manning became the only quarterback in NFL history to start out a season with 12 touchdown passes compared to zero interceptions.
He's playing the best football of his career, even in his 16th season, which is wonderful news for Broncos fans everywhere.
Rich Kurtzman is a freelance journalist. Follow Rich on twitter (@RichKurtzman) for all your Denver Broncos news and opinion.