Manning lights spark for Broncos
DENVER — After throwing yet another touchdown on a play that worked exactly as it was drawn up, Peyton Manning ran to the end zone and head-butted the receiver, running back Lance Ball.
That was about as rough as things got for Manning against Oakland.
Off to a fast start for the first time as a Bronco, Manning led Denver to three third-quarter touchdowns.
"He's getting more comfortable," coach John Fox said of Manning. "Let's not forget he didn't play for over a year and this is a new team, new coaching staff, new city, new field, new everything for him. The type of guy he is, he's going to get better and better."
Manning threw for 338 yards and three touchdowns. "Nothing magic I could share with you," he said of a quick start to the second half. Denver never punted.
"It was nothing more than a good, old-fashioned butt-whupping," said Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer.