The Broncos offense got off to a better start in Week 3. They scored in the first quarter for the first time this season, and they quickly parlayed that hot start into an insurmountable lead.
Peyton Manning has now thrown for 12 touchdowns, most in the NFL through three weeks and the most in league history through three games. He also is the first player since Michael Vick in 2010 to throw at least 12 touchdown passes before throwing an interception.
We saw more balance from the Broncos offensively in Week 3. They finished the game with 37 passing attempts and 35 rushing attempts against the Raiders.
The Denver passing game was on point against the Raiders. Wes Welker and Julius Thomas each recorded a scoring reception, joining Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, as the only players in the NFL this season to catch at least one TD pass in each of the first three weeks.The Broncos top-rated defense did a good job against the Raiders ground game. Oakland entered Week 3 as the number-one rushing team in the NFL. Against the Broncos, the Raiders got only 50 yards rushing, averaging just 2.9 yards per carry.
Let's hand out the grades for each Broncos player against the Raiders.
*All quotes and injury/practice observations were obtained firsthand, unless otherwise noted.