Peyton Manning threw three touchdowns on Monday night, elevating him to 12 for the season, and led the Denver Broncos to a 37-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders.
Manning’s 12 touchdown passes on the season set a new NFL mark for TD passes through three games, topping Tom Brady’s record of 11 that was set in 2011.
The Broncos scored 17 points before the Raiders were able to break through on the scoreboard in the second quarter. Manning started off the game, connecting with Eric Decker on a 2-yard strike at 10:28 of the first quarter. Following a Matt Prater 53-yard field goal, Manning hit Wes Welker on a 12-yard touchdown pass.
Manning threw for 374 yards on 32 of 37 passing, and has yet to throw an interception on the season. Decker reeled in 8 catches for 133 yards and the touchdown.
Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor gave a solid effort collecting 281 yards passing and a touchdown, and rushing for 36 yards on four carries. Pryor exited the game before the Raiders final possession with a concussion.
The Broncos will put their 3-0 record on the line Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Raiders (1-2) will head home to take on the Washington Redskins.