Peyton Manning has always been one of my favorite quarterbacks, but what he has done this year is something special.
Peyton Manning has thrown for 4,125 yards in 12 games. That is already the third-best season total in the franchise’s history, behind only Manning’s 2012 total (4,659) and Jay Cutler’s 4,526 yards. The 4,125 yards are also more than Hall of Famer John Elway threw for in any season of his career. Elway’s highest yardage total was 4,030 in 1993.
Manning’s 41 touchdown passes after 12 games are already a season franchise record. It is the only 40-touchdown season in the franchise’s history. And until he passed the 30-touchdown mark Nov. 10 against the Chargers, Manning’s 37 touchdowns last season had been the franchise’s only 30-touchdown season from a quarterback. Elway’s best in a career with far more run-oriented offenses was 27 in 1997.
After all of 28 regular-season games with the team, Manning is sixth all-time in the franchise’s history in passing yards with 8,784. He’s second all-time in franchise history in touchdown passes with 78, one ahead of Craig Morton and a hearty 222 behind Elway’s 300.
You have to love Peyton, I hope he wins a championship this year.