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Broncos 37, Raiders 21

DENVER — Peyton Manning slapped his hands together five, six, seven times and barked out the signals. A few seconds later, Wes Welker was all alone, cradling the quarterback's latest touchdown pass.

All part of another impeccably crafted victory for Manning and the Broncos, who rolled over the Raiders 37-21 Monday night. Denver's 127 points lead the league and are 31 more than second-place Green Bay.

Manning went 32 for 37 for 374 yards and set a few more records while outwitting the overmatched Raiders.

"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 has 12 touchdown passes, breaking the record through three games set by Tom Brady (11) in 2011. Manning also has yet to throw an interception, tying a record set by Michael Vick, who also threw 12 TDs before his first pick in 2010.

The first touchdown, a 2-yard pass to Eric Decker, came after a subtle play action fake that froze the defense and left Decker wide open in the back of the end zone.

Manning's targets for the next two touchdowns — Welker and Julius Thomas — didn't have defenders within three steps.

"All of them did a good job competing," Manning said of his receivers. "We knew we were in a challenge, because Oakland has good cover corners. Mix up their coverage well."

The game marked a record 17th Monday night meeting between the longtime AFC West rivals. It also extended Denver's run to 22 straight seasons playing at least once on MNF (1992-2013), the longest current streak.

Broncos 37, Raiders 21 09/23/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 12:23am]
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