Thank God NFL games are made up of only 4 quarters.
Any longer and it might have been enough to force some of the Raiders into early retirement.
On Monday Night Football last night, Peyton Manning broke Tom Brady’s record for most touchdown tosses to start the season (3 games) with 12.
Manning lit up the Raiders for another 3 touchdown passes (and over 300 yards of passing), giving him 12 on the season so far, the Raiders fought back, to the point that QB Terrelle Pryor suffered a concussion, but when all was said and done, Denver undid everything the Raiders tried to do, and beat them soundly, 37-21.
“You see flashes of good things,” Manning said. “When we’re executing and not making mistakes, we can go the distance. We can go 80 yards, take advantage of a short field.”
Manning, as everybody already knows, threw 7 in Week I, then added 2 more against the NY Giants in Week II and had 3 more last night.
That makes him one better than Tom Brady, who had already had his first 3 games of the season as of Sunday’s win over Tampa Bay.
Brady set the record of 11 for the New England Patriots in 2011.
Last night under the spotlight of Monday Night Football, Manning continued to thread the needle like an experience sewer. He completed 32 of 37 passes, the remaining 5 were drops by his receivers. His 86.5 % completion rate was the best he has ever had in a game where he threw at least 20 passes.
His previous best was 85.3 % effort he had in 2008 against the Jacksonville Jaguars while he played for the Colts.
Last night against Oakland, it was amazing how quickly he got to work, his first TD pass came less than 5 minutes into the game when he found Eric Decker in the end zone. Manning picked up his second TD pass about halfway through the 2nd quarter when he found Wes Welker for a 12-yard TD.
But the biggest key to his success last night was his ability to get all 8 of his play-action passes executed perfectly, which gave him 155 yards and 1 of his 3 touchdown passes.
Also striking from last night’s game is that Manning’s total yardage gives him 1,143 passing yards through the 1st 3 weeks of the season.
Their 37 points last night gives them a total of 127 points through the 1st 3 games of the season, 5 points shy of the 132 points put up by the 1968 Dallas Cowboys.
Denver, last night, also finished the night with 536 yards of total offence. The Broncos are the only NFL team with multiple games of 500 yards of offence this season.
Manning finished the game with 374 yards and 3 TDs.
Denver challenges its perfect season so far to Week 4 opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles. The Broncos will have a similar challenge to face at the QB position. Oakland’s Pryor was able to scramble enough to throw against Denver’s defence and next week, Denver will face the master of the QB scramble when Vick and company report to Mile High Sunday afternoon at 4:25pm.
If anything good came out of this game for Oakland, at least is seems like they finally have a good quarterback…sort of. Terrelle Pryor is the 15th starting QB to start for the black and white going back to 2003. Unfortunately, he got hurt last night.
From Terrelle Pryor’s Twitter page:
Terrelle Pryor ✔ @TerrellePryor
Sorry about the loss RaiderNation. I don’t remember much ! Good hit by whoever it was. I heard our team fought well .. We will be back!
11:35 AM – 24 Sep 2013
Terrelle Pryor ✔ @TerrellePryor
I feel great by the way! Thanks for the concern ! Go Raiders!
11:37 AM – 24 Sep 2013
They include: Terrelle Pryor, Carson Palmer, Jason Campbell, Kyle Boller
Bruce Gradkowski, Charlie Frye, JaMarcus Russell,
Josh McGown, Andrew Walter, Kerry Collins
Rick Mirer, Rich Gannon, Daunte Culpepper, Aaron Brooks, Marques Tuiasosopo