There has been a lot of talk this season about how bad Peyton Manning has been, and while it remains true that Manning hasn’t looked like himself, and that his 11 interceptions are tied for the most in the NFL, he proved on Sunday night that he is still more than capable of being the quarterback of a winning team. Make no mistake, the Broncos are undefeated because of their defense, and they beat Green Bay 29-10 in large part because they were somehow able to hold Aaron Rodgers to 77 passing yards. However, Manning was no slouch on the other side of the ball. The future Hall of Famer completed 21-of-29 passes and threw for 340 yards with just one interception.
Because of his big day and the Broncos 7-0 start, a lot of the early season narratives about Manning being washed up are fading away, and if he has another big game next week against the Colts, they might be gone for good. But along with silencing his critics, and remaining unbeaten, Manning is playing for something else next Sunday: Becoming the NFL’s all-time leading passer.
Manning is just 283 yards away from Brett Favre’s record of 71,838 passing yards, and he has a chance to do it against none other than his former team in Indy. Manning has only surpassed the 283-yard mark three times this season, but the Colts are giving up the third most passing yards per-game in the NFL, with just over 285. You can bet that being able to set the record in front of the team that let him go (but still loves him) would make it extra sweet for Peyton when he does get the record.
Indianapolis first has to worry about the unbeaten Carolina Panthers on Monday night, but then they will have to deal with trying to figure out a way to score against the stingy Denver defense while delaying Manning’s record-setting performance on Sunday.
In addition to the yards passing, if the Broncos beat the Colts next week, Manning will also pass Favre for first on the all-time QB wins list with 187, so you can be sure that the old man will leave it all out on the field in Lucas Oil Stadium.