DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 23: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos looks to pass against the Oakland Raiders in the first quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 23, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
KUSA - Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning equaled then set the NFL record for most touchdown passes in the first three games of a season Monday night when he connected with Julius Thomas late in the second quarter.
Manning, who entered Monday's game against Oakland with nine TD passes (including seven in the season opener), surpassed previous record-holder Tom Brady, who had 11 TD passes in New England's first three games of the 2011 season. Brady finished 2011 with 39 TD passes but holds the NFL record for TD passes in a season with 50 in 2007.
The 37-year-old quarterback set the record at 12 with a 13-yard toss to Thomas for a 24-7 lead. To that point in the game, Manning was 18-of-20 passing (two drops) for 228 yards and no interceptions. He needs 231 yards passing against the Raiders to surpass the 1,000-yard mark this season.
Manning connected with Eric Decker on a 2-yard toss to take a 7-0 lead against the Raiders on Denver's first drive of the game. Manning was 5-of-6 passing for 55 yards in the 60-yard drive.
Manning's record-tying pass was 12 yards to Wes Welker in the second quarter for a 17-0 lead.
Coming into the Monday night game, Manning was 57-of-85 for 769 yards with nine TD passes in the first two games with no interceptions and just sacked three times.
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