The Norman Transcript

Sports

September 24, 2013

Horse power

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 Denver Broncos, who rolled over the Oakland 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 (1-2).

“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’s 12 touchdown passes are one more than Tom Brady’s old record for the first three games, set in 2011. Manning still has yet to throw an interception, which matches a record held by Michael Vick, who also threw 12 touchdowns before his first pick in 2010.

As much as the numbers, it was Manning’s deciphering of the Oakland defense that made jaws drop in this one.

His 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 of them. Wide open. A sure sign that Manning had diagnosed the defense he was looking at well before the snap and knew exactly where he wanted to go with the ball.

“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. Guys did a good job getting open versus man, and finding holes in the zones. All of them did a good job running with the ball after the catch.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • OU V UNT Sooners blank Mean Green thanks to one-hit shutout from Stevens

    Kelsey Stevens’ impact at Oklahoma continues to grow....

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sooners rolling in almost every program

    It doesn’t seem so long ago, yet it’s been almost a decade since I wrote a snarky, though not inaccurate column questioning the head-coach-hiring skills of Sooner athletics director Joe Castiglione....

    April 24, 2014

  • Tigers edge Timberwolves in opener

    Give round one to Norman High. The Tigers were the better team in the first Crosstown Clash of the season, holding on to defeat Norman North 3-2 behind a complete game from starter PJ Grunsted....

    April 25, 2014

  • Sooners are hoping road trip can give them a boost

    Ordinarily, the last thing a struggling team needs is a road trip. However, Oklahoma isn’t in an ordinary position....

    April 25, 2014

  • Pitchers deliver another classic Clash

    It was the top of the seventh inning and Norman North’s Austin Cranford, who came on in the top of the fifth, threw his second pitch to Sean Dixson. The Tiger center fielder simply let it go by like it was no different than any other ...

    April 25, 2014

  • Grizzlies take 2-1 series lead with OT win

    MEMPHIS — Oklahoma City prides itself on being a clutch team. The type of unit that knows how to come through in the most pressured of situations....

    April 25, 2014

  • NCAA board endorses more autonomy for big schools

    INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA’s board of directors took the first step toward shifting power to the five largest football conferences on Thursday, endorsing a 57-page plan that calls for giving 65 of the nation’s biggest schools more autonomy in ...

    April 25, 2014

  • Dice-K 1st save since 2000 as Mets hold down Cards

    NEW YORK — Daisuke Matsuzaka pinched his eyelids, clenched his teeth and thought back. He couldn’t remember all the details of the first save of his professional career....

    April 25, 2014

  • Pineda banned 10 games

    BOSTON — Michael Pineda says he was just trying to get a better grip on the ball. Now, he won’t need one for a while....

    April 25, 2014

  • Royals pick up another crucial district victory

    EDMOND — The Community Christian boys kept their playoff hopes high Thursday night by taking down Oklahoma Christian School 1-0 on a goal from Chris Abernethy with 4:07 remaining.  An evenly played game, the Royals outshot the Saints 14 to ...

    April 25, 2014

Facebook