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Horse Tracks for Sep. 6th - Broncos dominate Ravens, get orange redemption in opener

It was a night of nights for Peyton Manning.

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Game Recaps

Broncos vs. Ravens final score: Peyton Manning throws seven touchdowns in 49-27 rout - Mile High Report
On football's opening night, the NFL got a taste of what Peyton Manning and the 2013 Denver Broncos have in store for this league. Demaryius Thomas: two touchdowns. Wes Welker: two touchdowns....

Ravens vs. Broncos 2013 final score: Peyton Manning breaks records in Broncos' victory, 49-27 -
The Denver Broncos took advantage of a Baltimore collapse, sprinting to a 49-27 victory.

Ravens-Broncos final score: Peyton Manning airs it out in 49-27 win - Baltimore Beat Down
The Ravens' secondary struggled throughout. Corey Graham had a tough time early defending Broncos receiver Wes Welker, who wound up with nine receptions for 67 yards and two touchdowns. More surprisingly was Baltimore's early troubles with tight end Julius Thomas, who finished the game with four catches, 110 yards and two touchdowns.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Denver Broncos - Recap - September 05, 2013 - ESPN
Both the NFL opener and Peyton Manning were a little tardy. It was well worth the wait.

Manning fires seven TD passes as Broncos crush Ravens
John Elway never did it. In fact, Manning's boss never threw more than five touchdowns in one day during his Hall of Fame career. Tom Brady hasn't done it. Drew Brees has thrown six touchdowns, just like Manning had done twice before.

Peyton Manning throws NFL record 7 TDs as Broncos rout Ravens - The Denver Post
In his first regular-season game since he turned 37 years old, Manning threw not one, not two or three or four touchdown passes. Or five. Or, gasp, six. Manning threw seven touchdown passes! That tied a pro football record, joining five others to do it.

Ravens blown out by Broncos on record-setting night for Peyton Manning -
Eight months after leaving the same stadium on the ultimate high, the Ravens trudged out of Sports Authority Field late Thursday night as a thoroughly beaten team, taken apart by Peyton Manning and exposed by the Denver Broncos in every way.

Broncos News

Terrell Suggs guarantees Ravens-Broncos playoff rematch - USA Today
"The great thing is it's Week 1," Suggs, the Ravens' 11th-year linebacker, told USA TODAY Sports. "It's one game. But I guarantee they will see us again."

Trevathan's Gaffe a Teachable Moment -
LB Danny Trevathan said he won't make the same mistake again after dropping a potential defensive TD early in celebration.

Ravens' Harbaugh: I was unaware of pivotal Welker drop - USA Today
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he didn't find out until after Thursday's game that Wes Welker appeared to drop a key third-down catch in the Denver Broncos' 49-27 victory, blaming a lack of timely replay on the network telecast.

Broncos vs. Ravens attendance ranks as third-highest in Denver history - First and Orange, The Denver Post
Thursday night’s game at Sports Authority Field ranks as the third-highest home attendance in Broncos history. The 76,977 fans were 245 more than last season’s playoff game between Denver and Baltimore.

Jacoby Jones hurts knee, Michael Oher sprains ankle -
It was a costly game for the Ravens' offense and special teams Thusday night, sustaining damaging losses in terms of injuries as two key players left the game nursing ailments.

Broncos Analysis

Denver Broncos defeat Baltimore Ravens 49-27: Initial Reactions - Mile High Report
The Denver Broncos are the better team, simple as that.

Julius Thomas fantasy football waiver wire claims exploding after two touchdowns vs. Ravens - Mile High Report
The Denver Broncos third year tight end transcended expectations in the first half of the Broncos' Week One contest against the Baltimore Ravens, and fantasy football owners are reacting in kind.

Lessons Learned: First Game Back - Baltimore Beat Down
I've seen some people complain that Baltimore didn't use Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce. First, I think that complaint is somewhat silly given the way that Denver blew the game open in the second half. The Ravens had to keep throwing the ball to have even a small chance to stay in the game. Second, both Rice and Pierce were incredibly ineffective, averaging 2.8 yards per carry. If the Ravens are going to make the playoffs, that's going to have to improve tremendously.

Shaun Phillips, Broncos waste no time finding an effective pass rush - The Denver Post
"I took it personally," linebacker Shaun Phillips said. "Everyone was like 'What are we going to do about the pass rush?' I've got like 70-something sacks in my career. What am I, some bum or something like that?"

Elvis Dumervil neutralized by Broncos onslaught - The Denver Post
In the countdown to the season recited by retired NFL greats on the television screens around the country and on the scoreboard at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis had the honor of holding up a single index finger and saying, "One!"

Hochman: Broncos defense arrives in second half to shut down Ravens - The Denver Post
But it's a four-quarter game last we checked, and Jack Del Rio's defense rediscovered its snarl in the second quarter. A combination of adjustments, swagger and the Ravens dropping passes like a team of Eric Deckers and, sure enough, Denver's defense was making the difference.

Not challenging Welker catch hurts Ravens -
For 30 minutes, the Ravens’ new-look defense held-up well against Peyton Manning. However, the momentum of the game changed on the Denver Broncos’ first drive of the third quarter when they scored a touchdown that should have never happened.

A New Standard for a Longtime Master -
Quarterback Peyton Manning put on a show for the ages Thursday night, throwing a career-high seven touchdown passes.

Five Keys Unlocked: Broncos vs. Ravens -
It was hard to imagine a better start to a season than the Broncos had in defeating the Ravens 49-27.

How It Happened: Broncos 49, Ravens 27 -
Peyton Manning tied an NFL record with seven TD passes and the defense intercepted Joe Flacco twice in a season-opening win.

Broncos Media

Baltimore Ravens vs. Denver Broncos - Box Score - September 05, 2013 - ESPN
NFL Football Box Score: Final statistics from the Baltimore vs. Denver game played on September 05, 2013

NFLN: Broncos vs. Ravens Highlights -
Peyton Manning tied the single-game passing touchdown record with seven scores in Denver's 49-27 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

Broncos vs. Ravens: Gallery
View photos from the Broncos' season opener against the Ravens.

Peyton’s Take: Broncos vs. Ravens -
After an offseason of questions about how Peyton Manning would spread the ball around to all of his pass-catching options, the quarterback answered them emphatically in Denver’s season-opening 49-27 win vs. Baltimore. He’ll use all of them.

Kobe Bryant impressed with Peyton Manning -
Tying an NFL record with seven touchdown passes was good enough for Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning to join Lakers guard Kobe Bryant in most exclusive company.