Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning is in the midst of enjoying his best season of his storied career. Manning threw for 403 yards and five touchdowns Sunday night, leading the Broncos to a 35-28 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. With the 403 yards, Manning now leads the NFL as the only quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards or more in 13 seasons. He is currently tied with Drew Brees as the only quarterbacks in the NFL to throw for five or more touchdowns eight times in his career.
Manning’s assault on the record books continues. He is on pace for 5,500 yards passing, which would break the single season yardage record set by Drew Brees in 2011. His 4,125 yards is the NFL’s most ever through the first 12 games of the season. With 41 touchdowns and four games remaining, the single season touchdown mark of 50 set by Tom Brady remains within grasp. Eight times this season, Manning has thrown for three or more touchdowns.
With the win over the Chiefs, Manning has now won his first 10 division starts with the Broncos. Kurt Warner holds the record with 11. Manning can set the record this season with wins over San Diego and Oakland in the remaining weeks.
All the records are nice, but Manning’s ultimate goal is to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in February. Denver now holds the top seed in the AFC and should be favored in all of their remaining games.