DENVER -- The Denver Broncos got off to a relatively slow start Sunday afternoon against the Arizona Cardinals, but once Peyton Manning and company got galloping, there was no reining them in.
Denver triumphed 41-20, putting up 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. The team logged 568 total yards of offense, and WR Demaryius Thomas led the way with eight catches for 226 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Peyton Manning threw four touchdowns, reaching his 504th career TD pass. Only former Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre, with 508, has more. But Manning also threw two interceptions in the first half, which will likely not sit well with the famously perfectionist QB.
The win leaves the Broncos at 3-1; tied with the San Diego Chargers for control of the AFC West.
The Cardinals, playing without starting QB Carson Palmer, put up an admirable fight until the fourth-quarter breakdown.
Of local note, Arizona DE and former South High School star Calais Campbell picked one of Manning's interceptions. Campbell looked to be on his way to a pick-6 until Manning himself tripped him to the ground.
Campbell later left the game with a knee injury after a questionable block from Broncos TE Julius Thomas. The Cardinals organization was not happy about it.
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) October 5, 2014