Peyton Manning not satisfied after win: ‘Plenty we can improve on’

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning broke Tom Brady’s 2011 record for most touchdown passes through the first three games of a season in a 37-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Monday night.

Manning finished 32 of 37 passing for 374 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions and had a passer rating of 135.8.  For the season, he has thrown for 1,143 yards with 12 touchdowns and zero interceptions.

I still think we can correct some things,” Manning said after the game via the team’s website. “Our defense did a good job holding their offense. When we have those chances down in the red zone, third-and-1, to have to settle for – to get stopped and have to settle for a field goal on that one drive. And then just had a couple of – had the sack-fumble – you’re not looking to play the perfect game. You’re looking to take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves.

“I thought we left a couple of maybe touchdowns out there tonight. Those are things we can fix, which you’re going to need those in a game at certain points of a season. But just got to keep emphasizing protecting the ball and eliminate some penalties I thought early in the game. I think we do a good job of overcoming those penalties from time-to-time, but I still think there is plenty we can improve on. I really do.”

Decker caught eight of Manning’s passes Monday for 133 yards and one touchdown.

“He’s playing all right (laughing). He’s playing OK.,” Decker said of Manning. “All I can say is that it is really amazing to play with a guy of his ability and his leadership. We win games during the week at practice. He makes sure we’re on top of things so when Sunday comes, it is easier. I appreciate the work that he does for us.”

Wes welker and Julius Thomas each had a touchdown, while Demaryius Thomas had ten receptions for 94 yards.

One player on the Broncos roster was disappointed with the end result: Wesley Woodyard.

“Definitely happy with a win,” he said. “We’ll definitely Take a win any time we can get one, but like I said, we gave up too many points. We’ve got to stop that leakage football.”

Asked if he was serious when he said he was disappointed with the result.

“Yes, I am, absolutely. 21 points is way too many points,” Woodyard said.

“Still, it doesn’t matter if they get the ball on the one-inch yard line. It’s our job to stop them and we didn’t do that in the fourth quarter.”

Note: Head coach John Fox on the injury report following the game:

“Alright, update on the injury report: [CB] Tony Carter, left the game with a right ankle (injury), did not return. [LB] Paris Lenon, same thing with a thigh bruise or strain – not sure exactly – it’s his left thigh. And then [S]Duke Ihenacho, kind of tweaked that right ankle that was a little sore on him last week. We just pulled him out to kind of save that ankle.”

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