A weekly examination of the Denver Broncos' quarterback play.
Rewind: At one point late in the first half Monday night, Peyton Manning was 21-of-23 passing for 264 yards and three touchdowns against the Raiders. And those two incompletions were drops. That’s about as dialed in as a passer can be and Manning’s increased comfort level in the Broncos’ offense, in the city of Denver and with the receivers around him continues to show with each passing week.
Fast-forward: The fast-break Eagles want to run waves of plays at opposing defenses, but have had only one game this season -- the opener against the Redskins -- where they’ve run more plays than their opponent has and they didn’t top 65 against either San Diego or Kansas City. But they will have to consider how fast they want to go against the Broncos because handing the ball over to Manning too many times hasn’t really worked out well for any of the Broncos’ opponents.
Little of this, little of that: The Broncos showed Monday night they have more variety in their playbook than they had previously shown. They had been a three-wide receiver team much of the time in the first two games, but flashed several two tight end groupings -- including Julius Thomas and Jacob Tamme in one and Virgil Green and Thomas in another -- to go with a three tight end look they showed on one pass play.
Prediction: Manning has 12 touchdown passes in three games. He has completed 73 percent of his passes and averaged 9.4 yards per attempt. Those are migraine-inducing numbers for opposing defensive coordinators and the Eagles’ Bill Davis is next in line. Against a team with a first-year coaching staff and depth issues, the Broncos figure to push the Eagles into plenty of specialty packages in the secondary in hopes of getting favorable matchups against defensive backs further down the depth chart.