When it comes to the NFL 2013 season, there are the Denver Broncos, and there is everyone else.
They proved that again in Week 4, with the Denver Broncos breaking a franchise points scored record with a 52-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. It was another record-breaking performance by Peyton Manning and company, in more ways than one. The Broncos, led by the phenomenal Peyton Manning, are breaking passing and scoring records personally, as a franchise, and across the NFL, every single week.
Consider these happenings in Week 4.
Personal passing records. Quarterback Peyton Manning broke personal passing records for consecutive pass attempts without an interception against the Eagles Sunday. He's now second in franchise history, behind Jake Plummer's 2005 record... and gaining quickly.
Franchise records. Denver's 52 points scored today broke a franchise record that had stood since nearly the Broncos' inception over 50 years ago.
NFL records. Peyton Manning has 16 touchdowns and zero interceptions through the season's first four games, destroying earlier records set by the likes of Tom Brady and Kurt Warner. The 179 points scored by the Broncos through 4 games rank second in NFL history (183, Dallas, 1966), according to the Broncos' Patrick Smyth.
The Eagles were the Broncos' playthings on the course of history, as has been every team Denver has faced.
Manning finished 28 of 34 attempts for 327 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions (a near-perfect 146.0 passer rating). He broke these records by another impressive outing, hitting eight different receivers in the first half alone. Wes Welker and Demaryius Thomas each caught two touchdowns; Knowshon Moreno dove for a touchdown run; even the special teams got in on the act. Trindon Holliday had the previously mentioned 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, while Steven Johnson both blocked a third quarter Eagles punt and returned it for a Broncos touchdown.
Denver's defense was stout as well, outside of a fourth quarter garbage-time touchdown by backup Eagles QB Nick Foles. Broncos sacked Michael Vick three times (once by Shaun Phillips, once by Derek Wolfe, and once shared by Wesley Woodyard and Robert Ayers), and they forced several Eagles 3-and-outs.