But all the video-game numbers — the franchise-record 31 fourth-quarter points, the 343 total points, most through eight games in history — masked some growingly troubling problems as the Broncos reach the halfway point.
Most notably, Manning has had some issues the last three weeks.
Yes, he went 30 for 44 and hit four receivers for scores, including Wes Welker, who scored for a career-high ninth time.
But Manning doubled his interceptions total for the season and lost a fumble, bringing Denver’s league-leading total to 11 lost fumbles. In all, the quarterback simply didn’t look as comfortable as he did the first five weeks, before he sprained an ankle that forced him to miss his first regular-season practice as a Bronco last week.
He got bailed out by the lowest-ranked pass defense, which held Griffin to a 15-for-30 day a week after he led a late winning touchdown drive in a 45-41 victory over Chicago. The Broncos forced five turnovers, including interceptions by Chris Harris, Rahim Moore and Shaun Phillips.
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