DENVER (CBS4) – The Denver Broncos offense broke a bunch of records (individual, team, and NFL) on Sunday in their win against Arizona.
Here are the Top 5:
5. Julius Thomas – 7 TDs through 4 games (Broncos record for TDs in first 4 games)
This is a random record no doubt, but it highlights the great start to the year JT is having. The old Broncos record was 6, set by Wes Welker last year.
4. Demaryius Thomas – 226 yards receiving (Broncos single game record)
This was a much needed breakout game for DT. He broke Shannon Sharpe’s single game record for receiving yards with 226 yards on just 8 catches. (Sharpe’s record was 214 yards on 12 catches). Two of his catches went for TDs as Broncos fans saw the DT they have been used to the last couple of years.
3. Broncos – 568 Yards Total Offense (Broncos Franchise Record)
For as many records as the Broncos offense broke last year, the most yards they had in a single game was 551 vs. Tennessee (now 5th all time). On Sunday, Manning and company broke the team record of 567 yards set by Jake Plummer’s offense in 2004. (By the way, Plummer had 499 yards passing but 3 interceptions as the Broncos lost to Atlanta.)
2. Wes Welker – 854 career catches (NFL record for an undrafted player)
Welker broke former Bronco Rod Smith’s record of 849 catches just before halftime, and finished the game with 854 now for his career. Manning said afterwards that there are a lot of GMs that passed on Welker in the 2004 draft that owe him an apology note.
1. Peyton Manning – 503 TD passes (2nd All-Time)
To be technical, the record Manning broke was fastest QB to reach 500 TDs, passing the plateau 49 games faster than Brett Favre. The all-time TD record (Favre’s 508) now clearly is in Manning’s sights as well. Expect him to break that record at home against either San Francisco (Oct. 19) or San Diego (Oct. 23).