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September 30, 2013

Manning masterful in Broncos' 52-20 rout of Eagles

DENVER (AP) — Seems the only one not impressed by Peyton Manning's off-the-charts exploits is Peyton Manning.

"There's always things we can improve on," Manning said after the Denver Broncos scored more points than they ever had in their 54-year history in a 52-20 demolition of the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Manning's hair was still wet but his brain already had moved on to the next game, against the Dallas Cowboys (2-2) next weekend.

"We have a tough road game next week, another unfamiliar opponent," Manning said, his unemotional, even-keeled approach matching the cold-blooded efficiency he had just displayed in producing another batch of records on a picturesque Autumn afternoon in the Rocky Mountains.

Manning threw four more TD passes and the Broncos (4-0) added two special teams scores, pulling away from the Eagles (1-3), who were close at halftime.

Manning's 16 TD passes are the most for any quarterback in the first month of an NFL season, besting the previous mark of 14 set by Don Meredith in 1966 and tied by Kurt Warner in 1999. He also joined Milt Plum in 1960 as the only quarterbacks to throw that many touchdown passes without an interception.

After last season's playoff pratfall, Manning realizes it will all mean nothing if the Broncos don't parlay this fantastic start into an equally excellent finish in four months.

That's why setting the franchise record of 15 straight regular-season wins was no cause for celebration.

"The recaps don't mean a whole lot," Manning said. "It was a good win because it was this game and we'll learn from it and we have a tough test next week playing a team that we're unfamiliar with, that is a good football team, that is tough to play at home.

"I think we'll enjoy this win and we'll learn from it. But you have to move on to the next week pretty quickly."

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