The Broncos are winning in all facets of the game. Today they beat the Panthers, 36-14 and they did it with another record-setting performance for Peyton Manning, a dominating performance by the defense and more special plays from the Broncos Special teams units.
After Cam Newton and the Panthers jumped out to a 7-0 start, Peyton Manning came back to find Brandon Stokley for a 10-yard touchdown. It marked career touchdown pass number 420 for Manning, tying Dan Marino for second on the NFL’s all-time list.
Brett Favre has the most TD passes in NFL history with 508. Manning finished the day 27-for-38 with 301 yards passing and the one touchdown.
The Defense was dominant. The Broncos made life miserable for quarterback Cam Newton. Led by Von Miller and Robert Ayers, The Broncos stormed the Panthers offensive line to get to Newton for seven sacks (the most Newton has ever been sacked in one game).
With the pressure up-front, the secondary picked their spot for a big play. With a 17-to-7 lead at halftime, Tony Carter jump-started the scoring in the third quarter with a 40-yard Interception return to put the game out of reach. Safety Rahim Moore also had an interception late in the 4th quarter.
For the first time since 2000 the Broncos defense denied the opposition a single conversion on third down. The Panthers finished the day 0-12 on third-down.
On special teams, the Broncos got another special performance from return-man, Trindon Holliday. After returning a 105-yard kick-off for a touchdown last week, he struck again this week for a 76-yard punt-return for a touchdown.
Matt Prater also connected on a 53-yard field-goal making Prater a remarkable 15-for-19 in his career on field-goals of more than 50-yards.
The win marks the Broncos fourth-straight victory as they push their record to 6-and-3 overall. Next week, the first-place Broncos return to division play as they host San Diego who lost today to Tampa Bay, 34-24.