Manning surgical in beating Browns
DENVER — By his own estimation, Peyton Manning is not the quarterback he used to be.
Try telling that to the Browns.
Manning threw for a season-high 339 yards and three touchdowns, two zinged into impossibly tight windows to well-covered receivers, that pushed the Broncos into a first-place tie in the AFC with a win over Cleveland.
Manning recorded his 72nd career three-touchdown game — tying Brett Favre for the most all-time, according to Elias — and has 34 touchdowns and 4,355 passing yards this season.
"A 36-year-old quarterback coming off a year and a half off, playing on a new team, I'm trying to be as good as I possibly can in this scenario," Manning said. "It's a different kind of body I'm playing in and just a different kind of quarterback play for me."
The Browns finished without their top rookies, quarterback Brandon Weeden (right shoulder) and running back Trent Richardson (left ankle).