Posted: 7:39 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013
By Mike E. Kaye
The Broncos broke plenty of records in their historic shootout win over the Cowboys on Sunday. The record-breaking kept on coming as Peyton Manning threw for a a new lead mark with 20 touchdowns through five games. He also ran for a touchdown was his first running score in five seasons.
The Cowboys were viewed as underdogs leading up to Week 5's matchup against the Broncos, but the way they started off clearly indicated that was not the case. The Cowboys began the game with a Tony Romo pass for a touchdown to wide receiver Dez Bryant and after a recovery of a first quarter fumble by Broncos receiver Eric Decker, led another scoring drive that was capped off by a DeMarco Murray run into the end zone. It was the first time in 356 days that the Broncos had trailed by 14 or more points.
The Cowboys were able to intercept Manning for the first time this season with a Morris Claiborne pick at the end of the third quarter. The Cowboys did all they could to match point for point with the Broncos and led the 48-41 in the fourth quarter.
The overall onslaught of a combined 99 points ended in a 51-48 victory for the Broncos with Denver accumulating the most points through five games in NFL history. Their 231 points are a historic and remarkable achievement. Manning at 37-years old is having the greatest season for a quarterback in NFL history. A Matt Prater field goal sealed the deal for Denver.
Peyton Manning is the obvious stud in this matchup with over 400 passing yards, four passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdowns with one interception. Julius Thomas also had 114 yards and two touchdowns.
Jason Witten, Dez Bryant and Terrence Williams all went over 100 yards and each had a touchdown (two for Bryant). Tony Romo threw for more than 500 yards and five touchdowns (WOW!).
The Broncos were 8.5-point favorites so they did not cover the spread.
The Broncos will host the Jaguars in Week 6 at 4:05 p.m. ET on CBS
The Cowboys will host the Redskins on Sunday Night Football at 8:30 p.m. ET.