OAKLAND, Calif. (CBS4) – The Broncos needed 18 points to set the NFL’s single-season scoring record, and they were able to exceed that in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders.
They did it in Oakland Sunday afternoon in the second quarter on a deep pass from quarterback Peyton Manning to Demaryius Thomas. That made the score Broncos 24, Raiders 0.
The 2007 Patriots previously held the record, with 589 points. Denver then proceeded to become the league’s first 600-point team.
Earlier in the half, the Broncos also broke the NFL record for most offensive touchdowns in a single season on Manning’s touchdown pass to Knowshon Moreno. That was the Broncos 69th offensive touchdown this season, and the pass to Thomas was the 60th.
A few minutes after the scoring record went down, Manning broke the record for most passing yards in a season.
Manning told Hall of Famer Dan Marino in an interview that aired on CBS on Sunday morning that it’s hard to compare this Broncos offense with the offenses he ran in Indianapolis, but he said it certainly seems like things are humming along in a pretty amazing way this year.
“It’s hard to make comparisons, but as a unit this group has answered the bell each week,” Manning told Dan Marino.
“As an offensive unit they’re smashing a lot of records right now,” former Broncos receiver Rod Smith said on CBS4’s Football Preview show Saturday night. “You want that. You want to put fear into the next guy you play.”
Manning and Denver’s offense this season have now pretty much cemented their position as the top passing offense in any NFL season. Just look at the some of the other shattered records from 2013:
– Passing touchdowns: Manning broke Tom Brady’s record of 50 touchdown passes in Houston last week.
– Most touchdown passes in a game: Peyton Manning tied the record in Week 1 with 7
– Four different receivers with 10 or more touchdowns: – Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas all have 10 or more touchdowns, which is a first for any NFL team
– Written by Jesse Sarles for CBSDenver.com