Peyton Manning Proves He's Back with Incredible Comeback Win over Chargers

Jamal CollierAnalyst IIIOctober 16, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 15:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos celebrates his teams 35-24 victory ovet the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 15, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Peyton Manning was in rare form in the national spotlight on Monday Night Football. Any more questions about his arm strength or ability in general may be put to rest after his most recent performance.

Denver's first appearance on MNF this year was in Week 2 against the Atlanta Falcons, which did not work out so well for Manning and his team. Manning threw three first-quarter interceptions as the Broncos fell to the Falcons, who still have not lost a game this season.

In the 19 quarters since, Manning has thrown one pick and 12 touchdowns. He has played on the road twice since that night—against the New England Patriots and San Diego Chargers—and the Broncos split the back-to-back games.

They’ll next come off a bye at 3-3 to see Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints in Week 8. Manning has certainly done his part in helping the team to get those three wins. He has thrown for over 300 yards and three touchdowns in each of the last three games, two of which were Bronco wins.

Manning entered Monday night with a 101.0 passer rating, a number which would have tied for third-best in his career if the season ended this morning. Of course, the season did not end this morning.

After completing 24 of 30 passes for 309 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in the historic comeback win, Manning’s passer rating in Week 6 was 129.0.

He made his trademark pre-snap adjustments on a regular basis. He put the ball where it needed to go. He put the Broncos in a position to win the game.

Through six games, Manning has 1,808 passing yards to his credit along with 14 TDs and four INTs. That puts him on pace for 4,821 yards, 37 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Forget about the fact that he’s in a whole different situation altogether—that yardage pace would be a career-high for the veteran passer. Period.

Manning has only thrown for more than 37 touchdowns once in a season (2004; 49) and the 11 interceptions would be right around where his pick totals were during his most efficient seasons.

This guy is even averaging 7.96 yards per passing attempt this season—a mark he has only surpassed twice (in 2004 and 2005). Not surprisingly, one of those more prolific seasons was one of Manning’s MVP campaigns (2004).

If the Broncos continue to win games, Manning’s name will be in the conversation for his fifth MVP award at the end of the year.