TV Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 6, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: AT&T Stadium
Weather: Low 53, High 78
Line: Denver (-8.5)
There’s no way around it, the Denver Broncos are the best team in the NFL right now. Peyton Manning is the early-season favorite to win the MVP and it’s pretty easy to see just why that is. He is completing an unbelievable 75 percent of his passes for 1,470 yards and 16 touchdowns. He is on pace to shatter the single season touchdown record and it’s almost more impressive that he hasn’t thrown an interception through four games for the undefeated Broncos. The wide receiving unit, the “Four Horsemen”, has been potent to say the least. Demaryius Thomas leads the way with 29 catches for 393 yards four touchdowns while Wes Welker is close behind with 26 catches for 266 yards and six touchdowns. Don’t forget tight end Julius Thomas and wide out Eric Decker who have 577 yards and five touchdowns combined.
On the other side of the field, no one is giving the Dallas Cowboys a chance to beat the Broncos — and Dallas is playing at home. Tony Romo leads the 2-2 Cowboys into this tough matchup and he will need the game of his career to take down the mighty Broncos. Romo has completed over 65 percent of his passes for 1,015 yards and eight touchdowns this season and one reason for his success with passing the ball so far has been the re-emergence of Dez Bryant. He has 23 catches for 282 yards and four touchdowns — finally hitting his stride at the wide out position. DeMarco Murray has also stepped up, but in the run game. He has racked up 356 yards and a touchdown, leading the Cowboys out of the cellar, in terms of rushing yards, and into the 19th-ranked run offense position in the league.
Defensively, the Cowboys rank third in rush defense and 27th in pass defense. While the run-stopping might keep Knowshon Moreno out of the endzone, the poor secondary will have an extremely tough time trying to stop Manning. The Broncos have had the same issues that the Cowboys have had. They rank 30th in the league in pass yards allowed per game and first in rushing yards allowed per game.
PREDICTION: Broncos 41, Cowboys 27