Peyton Manning: Player of the Week, Year or All-Time?

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Peyton Manning

“I think it’s a unique thing and a neat thing to be a part of NFL history, even though it may be temporary,” he said. “So I’m going to enjoy it as long as it lasts, and hopefully the Hall of Fame will send the ball back once somebody throws for more.”~Peyton Manning.

The Denver Broncos, fresh off a 37-13 drubbing of a 2-13 Houston Texan team, have reason to celebrate. They are 12-3, clinched a third consecutive AFC Division title and have a first-round Bye in the postseason tournament. Much of their record is due to the outstanding season by their $20 Million Quarterback, Peyton Manning, who is having a remarkably historic year.

Against the Texans, Peyton went 32 for 51, a 62.7% Completion Rate, with 400 yards, 4 Touchdowns and No Interceptions for a 113.2 Passer Rating. That 4th Touchdown pass, complete to Tight End Julius Thomas, was Manning’s 51st of the season, passing Tom Brady’s mark of 50 in 2007.

It was his fourth 400-yard game and 12th with at least 300-yards passing this season. Peyton currently has 5,211 passing yards and is the 5th different player to surpass the 5,000 yard single season mark.

Manning is the first player in NFL history to pass for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in the same season. He is also the leader in nearly all Passing categories. Here is a sample.

  • 300-yd regular season games (84)

  • 300-Yd Postseason games (8)

  • Total 300-Yd games (92)

  • 400-yd regular season games (14)

  • 400-yd Postseason games (2)

  • Total 400-Yd games (16)

  • Most Games 3+ TD Passes, Career: (83)

  • Most Games 4+ TD Passes, Career: (38)

  • Most Games 5+ TD Passes, Career: (9)

  • Most Games 6+ TD Passes, Career: (3)

  • Most 25+ yard touchdown passes: (141)

  • Most 20+ yard touchdown passes: (176)

  • Most Games 4+ TD Passes, Season: (8)

  • Most Games 5+ TD Passes, Season: (4)

  • Most games with 200+ yards passing and no Interceptions, career: (83)

  • Most games with 250+ yards passing and no Interceptions, career: (62)

  • Most games with 300+ yards passing and no Interceptions, career: (36)

  • Most games with 3+ Touchdown passes and no Interceptions, career: (43)

  • Most games with 6+ touchdown passes and no interceptions, career: (3)

  • Best Touchdown pass–Interception differential, career: +268 (487 TDs, 219 INTs)

  • Highest Passer Rating, Season (121.1) in 2004

  • Most games, 158.3 (perfect) passer rating, career: (5)

  • Most games with at least 70% pass completion rate and no INTs, career (minimum 20 attempts per game): (40)

  • Most seasons 3,500+ yards: (15)

  • Most seasons 4,000+ yards: (13)

  • Most seasons 4,500+ yards: (5) Drew Brees, Tie

  • Most consecutive seasons 3,500+ yards: (13)

It may be hard to believe, but Peyton has yet to throw for 500 yards in a game. His highest yardage output came on October 31, 2004 against the Kansas City Chiefs when he threw for 472 yards. According to Pro Football Reference, there have only been 15 contests where an NFL Quarterback passed for 500 or more yards. Former Bronco Jake Plummer is 16th with the franchise mark of 499.

Depending on how many more seasons Peyton wants to play (and let us hope there is more than a few left in the tank), he could exceed Brett Favre’s career achievements in Passing Yards, Completions and Touchdowns.

Passing Yardage Leaders

  • Brett Favre – 71,838

  • Peyton Manning – 64,698

Needs 7,141 yards. Would take 1+ seasons to accomplish.

Pass Completion Leaders

  • Brett Favre – 6,300

  • Peyton Manning – 5,507

Needs 794 Completions. Would take 2+ seasons to accomplish.

Touchdown Pass Leaders

  • Brett Favre – 508

  • Peyton Manning – 487

Needs 22 Touchdown passes. Could accomplish next season.

Most Career regular season wins

  • Brett Favre – 186

  • Peyton Manning – 166

Needs 21 Wins. Would take 2 seasons to accomplish.

Manning has 5,211 passing yards in 2013, with one game remaining. With 266 yards against the Raiders next week, he can break Drew Brees single-season record of 5,476 yards (2011).

Peyton also has 5,679 career Passing yards in the Postseason, 270 behind Tom Brady (5,949), who will be adding to that total this year. Manning is in 4th place and should pass #2 Brett Favre (5,855) and #3 Joe Montana (5,772) sometime in January.

It seems to be a given that Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will be forever linked as the greatest Quarterbacks of their era. They are the only two starting Quarterbacks in NFL history to win at least 10 division titles.

The Broncos have also scored 72 total Touchdowns this season, the 2nd-most total TDs by a team in a season in NFL history. The New England Patriots hold the record with 75 in 2007 and Denver should be able to eclipse that mark in Oakland this week.

As you can see, there is a very good case for Peyton Manning as the greatest Quarterback in NFL History. He is certainly having the best season by a Quarterback in NFL History. However, Peyton only has one Super Bowl Ring to his credit. Even younger brother Eli has two of those. Tom Brady has three.

In 2007, when Tom Brady established the TD record that Manning broke yesterday, the New England Patriots took an 18-0 record into Super Bowl XLII to face Eli Manning’s New York Giants. The Giants won 17-14 on Eli’s 13 yard pass to Plaxico Burress.

So Peyton was Player of the Week during Week 1 of this season and will very likely be the POW for Week 16. He is certainly favored to be the MVP of 2013, but if the Denver Broncos don’t bring home a Lombardi trophy at the end of this season, are all these accomplishments for nought? Did Pat Bowlen waste $20 Million? Did John Elway fail by bringing Manning to Denver?

Personally, I think Peyton Manning has been worth every penny regardless of a Super Bowl win this year. He has done everything possible to put the Broncos in position to achieve a third Lombardi trophy two years in a row. I still think he has something to prove though, and if the Broncos do accomplish their goal this season, Manning will return for an encore.

 

Go Broncos!

– Kaptain Kirk

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