OAKLAND, Calif. -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the Broncos’ 41-17 victory over Oakland:
Hot receiver: With 108 yards receiving in the win, Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has six consecutive 100-yard receiving games. Thomas has 861 yards receiving during the streak and 1,002 yards for the season. And he apparently doesn’t want to jinx any of it.
Asked following the game about the streak, Thomas simply smiled and said: “I don’t think about it, I don’t want to talk about it, I’m just glad we won.’’
Thomas is due to be an unrestricted free agent following the season and appears to be building leverage week-by-week.
Working nine to five: Quarterback Peyton Manning had his ninth career five-touchdown game, giving him yet another NFL record. It was his first five-touchdown game of the season and his third since he signed with the Broncos in 2012 (he had two last season). Manning also had his 15th consecutive regular-season game with at least two touchdown passes. He hasn’t been held to just one touchdown pass in a game since Nov. 17 last season in a win over the Chiefs. And Sunday was Manning’s 48th consecutive game with a touchdown pass, passing Johnny Unitas for second-longest streak all-time (Drew Brees has the record with 54 in a row). “He only wants to win, but every time he plays there is a record he might set,’’ Thomas said.
New look nets TD: Tight end Julius Thomas took a fourth-and-1 pass for 32 yards and touchdown in the third quarter. The Broncos knew it would be a bit of a different look for them, but Thomas said it hadn’t gone that well in practice this past week. But with 6 minutes, 59 seconds left in the third quarter and the Broncos at the Raiders’ 32-yard line, Manning rushed the offense to the line of scrimmage in a look where they have often run the ball. Instead, they threw and Thomas was free.
“Kind of faked the run, Julius did a good job kind of selling the run,’’ Manning said. “… We were looking for the first down, we didn’t think it would be a touchdown.’’
RB carries: The Broncos reported no injuries following the game, but running back Ronnie Hillman did briefly jog back and forth behind the Broncos’ bench in the second quarter with the team’s trainers keeping an eye on him. Hillman did return, but with C.J. Anderson having the hot hand, Hillman carried the ball just twice in the second half.