PEYTON MANNING SETS AN NFL RECORD BY THROWING 12 TD'S IN DENVER'S FIRST THREE GAMES
(AP) — Peyton Manning threw for 374 yards and three touchdowns Monday to lift the Denver Broncos to another easy victory, 37-21 over the Oakland Raiders.
The Broncos (3-0) have outscored opponents 127-71 this season.
Manning hit Eric Decker, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas for a score apiece.
The quarterback's 12 TD passes are an NFL record for the opening three games, breaking Tom Brady's mark of 11 in 2011. Manning has yet to throw an interception this year.
Oakland's Terrelle Pryor finished 19 for 28 for 281 yards but played catch-up from the start. Oakland (1-2) trailed 17-0 before Pryor hit Denarius Moore for a 73-yard score.
Four plays later, Manning connected with Thomas for a 13-yard score to push the lead back to 17.
ALDON SMITH ENTERS BAY AREA REHAB FACILITY
(AP) — The San Francisco 49ers placed linebacker Aldon Smith on the reserve non-football injury list Monday as he enters rehab for substance abuse and begins what team CEO Jed York has termed an indefinite absence.
San Francisco didn't immediately announce a corresponding roster move.
Smith played Sunday and had five tackles just two days after he was arrested and jailed Friday morning on suspicion of DUI and marijuana possession. Smith apologized after the 27-7 home loss to the Colts, and now his team moves forward without him heading to St. Louis on Thursday.
Smith had previously been arrested on suspicion of DUI in January 2012 in Miami shortly after the 49ers lost in the NFC championship game.
He is expected to remain in the Bay Area for treatment.
ATHLETICS KEEP WINNING IN ANAHEIM
(AP) — Jed Lowrie hit a three-run homer, Brandon Moss added a two-run shot and the Oakland Athletics kept rolling toward the postseason with their fifth straight victory, 10-5 over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.
Tommy Milone pitched into the sixth inning and Seth Smith had an early RBI double for the AL West champion A's, who have won 11 of 13.
Seven A's drove in a run at the Big A as Oakland (94-63) moved to a season-high 31 games over .500 with the majors' second-best record, just behind Boston (95-62).
Howie Kendrick homered and hit a three-run double for the Angels, who have lost two straight after winning 21 of 28. They hadn't lost by more than three runs since Sept. 3.
GIANTS AND DODGERS RENEW RIVALRY AT&T
The San Francisco Giants get ready to wrap up their 2013 season by taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers from AT & T Park tonight. The Giants will miss the post-season after winning the World Series in 2012. The Dodgers are preparing for the post-season after winning the National League West for the first time since 2009. The Dodgers still have an outside shot of garnering home field advantage throughout the National League Playoffs, but still trail Atlanta and St. Louis by two games with six games left to play.