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If you’re looking for the big takeaways from last night’s NFL season opener between the Broncos and Ravens, here they are: the new-look Baltimore defense is still working out some kinks, and Peyton Manning is still Peyton Manning.
After a somewhat sluggish start, Manning and the Broncos absolutely destroyed the Ravens defense, with the future Hall of Famer tying an NFL record by throwing as many touchdown passes as the Ravens lost defensive Super Bowl starters—which was seven.
How good was Peyton’s seven-touchdown performance? Well, he was only the sixth quarterback in the history of the NFL to accomplish the feat, and none of the others were named Joe Montana, Dan Marino, Brett Favre, John Elway, or Tom Brady. In fact, that last time somebody threw seven touchdown passes in a game was 1969, when Joe Kapp did it for the Vikings.
Here’s Manning’s historic seventh TD pass, which was a 78-yarder to Demaryius Thomas that made it 49-27:
Peyton and the Broncos certainly can’t count on scoring touchdowns like that all season long. But after the Super Bowl favorites were eliminated by the Ravens in the playoffs back in January, I’m sure it felt pretty good running up the score with this one.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]