Sep 29, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) waves as he leaves the field following the win over the Philadelphia Eagles at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Eagles 52-20. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
KUSA - With the first quarter over, Denver Broncos' quarterback Peyton Manning remains zeroed in on the season's second quarter, which starts Sunday at Dallas.
The Broncos (4-0) have an offense that is doing little wrong, but Manning said Wednesday the stretch of 15 consecutive regular-season wins has not become monotonous. Plus, he's meeting some of his preseason goals.
"I'm on pace for a couple of them right now," Manning told reporters. "I'm not into doing four-game summaries of the season. We do break the season into quarters, and we've had a good start, but we are heading to teeth of our schedule with some of these new teams. ... This is the second quarter and it's really a new start."
Manning has 75 percent completion rate, 16 touchdown passes and no interceptions. The Broncos' offense is averaging 483 yards and 44.8 points per game. Denver has 113 first downs and averages 6.8 yards per play.
Manning said winning four games in a row (and 15 consecutive regular-season games) has come while he still is getting familiar with the Broncos' new players and first-year offensive coordinator Adam Gase's playbook.
"(Montee) Ball is a new starter. (Ronnie) Hillman is a new starter. Wes Welker and I still getting to know each other. Adam and I are still getting to know each other," Manning said. "All those things in a lot of ways help keep things fresh. It keeps you stimulated. There's nothing monotonous. If you were in your 16th year in the same offense in the same place, it would be different. But I'm in a new place, and that change has kind of kept me on my toes, if you will."
Dallas (2-2) has struggled stopping the passing game. However, the Cowboys' front line has been able to generate sacks (14 this season) despite injuries to Tyrone Crawford (torn Achilles tendon, out for season), Jay Ratliff (hamstring, on physically unable to perform list) and Anthony Spencer (left knee surgery, on injured reserve list).
Denver is averaging an NFL-best 363.8 yards passing per game, while Dallas has allowed 304.5 yards passing, which ranks 27th in the league.
"They have a really good defensive front," Manning said. "Pretty impressive with the injuries they've in the defensive line how well they've continued to play. It speaks to their depth. They've always played a number of guys and rotated in, but they've had three pretty signification injuries but yet they are still creating a lot of sacks and really disruptive against the run."
Injury update: Receiver Eric Decker (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, and cornerback Champ Bailey (foot) again practiced on a limited basis. Linebackers danny Trevathan (knee) and Paris Lenon (thigh) also were limited in practice.
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