ANNIHILATED: Broncos humiliate Eagles 52-20 in Denver

ANNIHILATED: Broncos humiliate Eagles 52-20 in Denver

Well, we told you there was a chance to win. Actually, I said it, and I stand by it. I also said what actually wound up happening—an embarrassing 52-20 loss—would not surprise anyone either.

The Denver Broncos are an amazing football team, which should be fairly obvious to everybody by now. The next defense that figures out how to stop Peyton Manning and all those weapons will be the first, and there might not be a first this season. They may very well be that good.

Manning completed 28 of 34 passes for 327 yards and four touchdowns—no interceptions. Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker each caught two touchdown passes, and Knowshon Moreno picked up 78 yards on the ground and a score.

Okay, the Birds’ defense is not very good, which we knew going in. However, that doesn’t explain why Michael Vick could only lead the Eagles to 13 points in Chip Kelly’s offense, nor does it explain how that same offense was outscored by the Broncos’ special teams 14-13.

Vick started off sharp, but only wound up connecting on 14 of 27 pass attempts for 248 yards—no touchdowns, no picks. The four-time Pro Bowler added 41 yards on the ground to go with LeSean McCoy's 73, although the shifty back was in and out of the lineup with minor injuries throughout the game.

The Broncos also scored touchdowns on a kick return and a blocked punt, so we're not leaving special teams out of this debacle either.

This was an absolute beatdown in every phase of the game. Both teams had their backup quarterbacks into the game midway through the fourth quarter, which is about as bad as it gets in the NFL.

I imagine there are a lot of angry Philadelphians right now, even among those who felt the team didn't have a prayer on Sunday to begin with. We’ll be going more in-depth into the Eagles’ many, many problems in the coming days, but right now we’re still venting.

Expected or unexpected, this was brutal to watch, and trust me when I say it will be even more difficult to watch again and sort through the details later.

Hey, at least the Eagles are amazingly only one game out of first place in the NFC East.

Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya's 1st MLS goal not enough in draw with Toronto FC

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Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya's 1st MLS goal not enough in draw with Toronto FC

TORONTO -- Justin Morrow scored in the 70th minute and Toronto FC salvaged a point with a 1-1 draw with the Union on Saturday night.

Morrow made a run from his left back position, and midfielder Jonathan Osorio laid the ball off to Morrow for a tight-angle shot. Toronto (13-8-9) had its second straight home tie,

Alejandro Bedoya scored for Philadelphia (11-11-9) in the 25th minute. Bedoya took a pass from Fabian Herbers with his back to the Toronto goal, quickly spun past the Toronto back line and chipped a shot that looped over goalkeeper Clint Irwin.

Penn State routed by No. 4 Michigan at The Big House

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Penn State routed by No. 4 Michigan at The Big House

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- De'Veon Smith led an overwhelming ground game with 107 yards rushing and a touchdown and Karan Higdon ran for two scores and No. 4 Michigan routed Penn State 49-10 on Saturday in both teams' Big Ten opener.

The Wolverines scored six touchdowns on the ground as they finished with 326 yards rushing. Wilton Speight threw one touchdown pass.

Michigan (4-0) dominated both sides of the ball. Penn State (2-2) has lost three straight to the Wolverines.

Jabrill Peppers gave the fans an early thrill by returning Penn State's first punt to the 9, although a bench-interference penalty moved the ball to the Nittany Lions 24. Seven plays later, Khalid Hill dove in on 4th-and-goal from the 1.

The Wolverines also scored touchdowns on their next two drives. Penn State finally got a couple stops, but the Wolverines took a 28-0 halftime lead on Higdon's 2-yard run.

The Nittany Lions got on the board with a field goal early in the third, but Chris Evans made it 35-3 with a 3-yard run and the Wolverines cruised to the win.

The takeaway
Penn State: The Nittany Lions came into the Big House without any of their starting linebackers then lost Brandon Smith to a second-quarter targeting penalty. That left the Penn State defense helpless against Michigan's running game and short passes. The offense was even worse, putting up 50 yards in the first half. Saquon Barkley had 19 yards rushing and caught two passes for 47 yards, but the rest of the team combined for minus-16.

Michigan: The Wolverines dominated in the trenches, with their defensive line continuously overrunning Penn State's offensive line. They registered five sacks while building their first-half lead and Speight had all the time he needed.

Poll implications
Michigan: The Wolverines came in at No. 4 and there seems little chance that will change much with No. 1 Alabama winning earlier in the day in a blowout and No. 2 Ohio State on a bye.

Up next
Penn State: Returns to Happy Valley for the first of three straight home games. The Nittany Lions face Minnesota next Saturday in the Golden Gophers' first trip to Penn State since 2009.

Michigan: Plays its fifth-straight game at the Big House to open the season, but will have a tougher test against Wisconsin. The 11th-ranked Badgers routed No. 8 Michigan State 30-6 in East Lansing.