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The questions surrounding Peyton Manning last year were all about his right arm. This season, they were about his shoulders — as in, are they broad enough to carry the Denver Broncos in Von Miller’s absence?
Manning provided an emphatic answer Thursday night, dissecting Baltimore’s refurbished defense with a performance the likes of which hadn’t been seen since the 1960s.
With the Broncos’ All-Pro linebacker sitting out the first game of his six-game suspension for violating the league’s drug policy, Denver’s offense more than picked up the slack in the 49-27 rout of the Super Bowl champions. Manning joined Y.A. Tittle of the Giants as the only QBs to throw seven touchdown passes in a game without an interception.