Broncos surge continues as Manning reach milestone
By Steve Keating
OAKLAND, California (Reuters) - The surging Denver Broncos pounded the Oakland Raiders 26-13 on Thursday, stretching their winning streak to eight games as Peyton Manning reached another career passing milestone.
Having already clinched the AFC West crown and established their credentials as legitimate Super Bowl contenders, the Broncos arrived in Oakland with their sights set on securing a first round playoff bye.
They took a step towards that goal by improving their record to 10-3 to keep the pressure on conference rivals the Baltimore Ravens (9-3) and New England Patriots (9-3).
"If you get better each week you kind of hope that certain things will follow and we need to use this week to get better from playing a good Baltimore team, playing at their place," Manning told reporters, looking ahead to next week's game with the Ravens that could decide which team wins the bye.
"I haven't played there as a Bronco but I've played there tons before and I know how tough it is to play.
"Baltimore's been good since I've been in the NFL so I think it will be a good test for us."
Manning was ruthlessly effective at the controls of the Denver offence, completing 26 of 36 passes for 310 yards, including his 30th touchdown of the season.
Among Manning's completions was a second quarter pass to Jacob Tamme which allowed him to reach another milestone in his Hall of Fame career, joining Brett Favre as the only quarterbacks to complete 5,000 passes. Continued...