Cowboys D well aware of impending test against Peyton Manning

Cowboys D well aware of impending test against Peyton Manning

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DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 29: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos throws a pass during the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on September 29, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Eagles 52-20. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

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by JOE TRAHAN

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WFAA Sports

Posted on September 30, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 30 at 12:57 PM

VALLEY RANCH -- This will be a hard week for coordinator Monte Kiffin and the Dallas Cowboys defense, and there's no time to wallow after getting steam-rolled in the second half by Philip Rivers and company en route to a 30-21 defeat in San Diego Sunday.

They'd better put it in the rear-view mirror quickly, because Peyton Manning comes to town Sunday on a roll the likes of which the NFL has never seen.

"We've gotta bounce back, because we got hands-down the best quarterback in the league coming in here," said defensive tackle Jason Hatcher.

Manning threw for 327 yards and four touchdowns Sunday in the Broncos 52-20 win over Philadelphia. That makes Manning's touchdown pass total 16 through the first four games of the season -- the most in NFL history.

And he's yet to throw an interception.

Now, after making Rivers look like Manning (the Chargers QB torched the Cowboys Sunday for 401 passing yards and three touchdown strikes), the real thing comes to town sporting as much quarterback swagger as we've seen in quite some time.

"I mean, it's tough," said linebacker Bruce Carter. "That's just part of the NFL. There's no days off, there's no easy games, and we just gotta go back to work on Wednesday."

The numbers paint a picture that could get ugly for Dallas in Manning's debut at AT&T Stadium.

In his first 20 games with the Broncos, Manning has racked up 6,129 yards and 53 touchdowns. Both numbers are also the most the NFL has seen in a player's first 20 games with a team.

"This guy right here, he's a scientist out there," Hatcher said. "So we gotta shake this one off quick, and if not, we're going to go out there and get embarrassed."

The Broncos have won 15 consecutive regular-season games now with Manning at the helm, all by at least seven points. If they beat the Cowboys, that will match a league record, too.

A battered and ego-bruised Cowboys defense is all that stands in the way. And they'll have to play much better to provide the type of resistance needed to slow Manning's record-setting onslaught.

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