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Masterful Manning leads Broncos to blowout of Raiders

Oakland Raiders v Denver Broncos

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 30: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos throws a pass against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on September 30, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

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Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was outstanding on Sunday in Denver, carving up the Raiders’ secondary as the Broncos cruised to an easy 37-6 win. It was the Broncos’ largest victory margin over the Raiders since 1962.

Although there have been questions this season about whether Manning’s arm strength is all the way back after missing all of last year with multiple neck injuries, there is no question that Manning is still smart enough and accurate enough to pick defenses apart. Manning was on all day, completing 30 of 38 passes for 338 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions. The Broncos marched down the field with ease and never punted.

Denver also got a big day from running back Willis McGahee, who topped 100 yards for the second time this season and caught six passes. With McGahee, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Brandon Stokley and Jacob Tamme, Manning has a lot of weapons to work with.

The Broncos’ defense was strong all day, holding Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer in check and keeping Darren McFadden from breaking any long runs. This was the best Denver’s defense has played all season.

And it was the best Manning has played all season as well. He’s still one of the NFL’s elite quarterbacks.