Sunday's Week 4 52-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles was another feather in the cap of the Denver Broncos. The Broncos’ 52 points scored against the Eagles were the most in team history, breaking the previous mark of 50 points scored against the San Diego Chargers on October 6, 1963.
Denver’s 4-0 start marks the sixth time in team history they have won four straight games to begin a season. It was a team-record 15th consecutive victory with all wins coming by seven or more points. This is good for second in NFL history, behind the 1941-42 Chicago Bears, who won 16 straight by such a margin.
The Broncos were nearly unstoppable when they finally jump-started the offense. Once again, they started out the game slowly, but really turned things on in the second half. Denver was aided by a 21-point outburst in the third quarter. During that time, the offense racked up 18 first downs and 214 yards without a third-down attempt.
Peyton Manning continued his hot streak, throwing for 327 yards and four touchdowns on Sunday. He now holds an NFL-record with 16 touchdowns over the first four games of the regular season. Things were going so smooth for the Broncos offense that we even saw backup Brock Osweiler get some playing time.
The ground game was, once again, led by Knowshon Moreno. We continue to see more carries and touches for second-year running back Ronnie Hillman. These added touches are at the expense of rookie Montee Ball.
The Broncos passing game is simply on a different level from most teams in the NFL. It was, once again, a big day for both Wes Welker and Demaryius Thomas. Eric Decker led the team in receiving, and tight end Julius Thomas helped create mismatches against the defense.
The Broncos came into the week with the No. 1 rushing defense in the NFL, averaging 43.3 yards per game. The Eagles came into the week as the No. 1 rushing offense in the NFL, averaging 209.0 yards per game.
We saw Denver handle the Eagles ground game for the most part. They were able to hold star running back LeSean McCoy to a season-low 73 yards rushing.
Denver's secondary did a good job against the passing game. Former Eagles cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was able to shut down DeSean Jackson on Sunday. Jackson finished the game with only two catches for 34 yards.
Special teams made two big plays for touchdowns on Sunday. One was a Trindon Holliday kick return for a touchdown, and the other was a blocked punt returned for a touchdown by Steven Johnson.
Check out the grades for each Broncos player against the Eagles.