It also reaffirmed their status as the AFC's biggest wild card as the 2012 season begins to take shape.
When your punter never sees the field, you know you had a nice day on offense.
You won't read any stories about Manning lacking arm strength this week. John Elway has to be pinching himself after his big free-agent fish went 30-of-38 passing for 338 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. Manning was in complete control from the start. The Raiders never figured out how to slow the Broncos' balanced attack.
It was the type of performance we saw so many times during Manning's legendary run with the Indianapolis Colts. But can Manning replicate it over an extended stretch?