Two years ago, Peyton Manning would have never envisioned himself to be a comeback story, but that’s exactly what he’s been. Tomorrow he’ll continue his torrid MVP pace against a Cincinnati Bengals team that’s back to it’s old struggling ways.
To say Manning has been hot as of late is an understatement. Since his awful 1 TD, 3 INT loss to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3, he’s been nearly perfect.
Manning has amassed 11 TDs and managed to limit his turnovers to a single interception against the Chargers. Manning has looked like himself, and then some.
To say Manning’s comeback has been remarkable would also be an understatement. Not only has he managed to come back from neck injuries, but the fact that’s he’s been able to take an entirely new cast of players and work them perfectly into his complicated offensive scheme—a scheme that is almost entirely his—might be the single-most impressive thing we’ll see this season.
So what’s waiting for Cincinnati on its home turf tomorrow? A buzzsaw. The Broncos rank fourth in offensive passing, while the Bengals' questionable defense is middle of the road at best in stopping them (the Bengals rank 16th in passing, giving up 233 yards per game).
Not only is Manning's offense finally firing on all cylinders, but the Broncos know how badly they need this win. While they are the hottest team in the NFL at the moment, they are by no means in total control of the division, but they can be. With the Chiefs bottoming out, the Chargers being...well, the Chargers, and the Raiders floundering, the Broncos can put a nice hold on their division lead with a win on Sunday.
Manning’s comeback is impressive, but it would be incomplete without a playoff berth. Manning will take another step toward that tomorrow.