DENVER (AP) – Peyton Manning won’t be chasing history and Derek Carr won’t be running from it when the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders meet in their regular-season finale.
Not long ago, it appeared Manning would be going for an NFL record 55 straight games with a touchdown throw and Carr would be trying to steer his team away from an 0-16 ignominy Sunday.
Since Denver’s 41-17 rout of the Raiders last month, however, Manning has seen his TD streak snapped at 51 games, three shy of Drew Brees’ record, and the Raiders have won three times.
Much has stayed the same, too: The Broncos (11-4) are headed back to the playoffs behind a league-high nine Pro Bowlers plus significant snubs in Brandon Marshall, Terrance Knighton and Emmanuel Sanders. The Raiders (3-12) have reached a dozen years without making the playoffs and are poised for yet another coaching search.
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