Peyton Manning threw three TDs as Denver Broncos thrashed New Orleans Saints
Last Updated: 29/10/12 9:47am
Peyton Manning: Threw for three touchdowns in Denver win
Peyton Manning threw for three touchdowns and 305 yards as the improving Denver Broncos thrashed New Orleans Saints 34-14 on Sunday.
Manning emerged as the clear winner in his quarterback duel with Drew Brees who was limited to a season-low 213 yards and just two scores.
It was Manning's fifth straight 300-yard game, setting a franchise record for Denver (4-3) who amassed a total of 530 yards of offence.
Under Manning's leadership in his first season at Denver, the Broncos have now won three of their last four to take a one-game lead in the AFC West Division.
With their defence dominating and offence clicking, the home team claimed a 17-7 halftime lead as Manning capped a 56-yard drive with a 13-yard pass to Eric Decker for the hosts' second touchdown.
Manning then finished a long second-half opening drive with a one-yard TD pass to Demaryius Thomas to make it 24-7 in the third quarter as the Broncos eased to victory.
Joe Vitt returned from his six-game suspension for his role in the Saints bounty program last season as he assumed his new post as New Orleans' interim head coach, but his presence did little to lift his team.
Brees tossed a score in the second quarter and another in the closing minutes, but it could not disguise another poor defensive display from the Saints who are shipping an average of more than 30 points a game this season.