Peyton Manning: What to Expect from MVP Candidate vs. Panthers

Justin WeltonAnalyst IINovember 10, 2012

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 28:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos runs off the field against the New Orleans Saints at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on October 28, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Is there any doubt who the 2012 NFL Comeback Player of the Year will be?

Peyton Manning has dazzled in his debut season with the Denver Broncos as he has brought his winning attitude to the Mile High City, but we have only seen the beginning. 

Manning and the Broncos head to Carolina to take on Cam Newton and the Panthers this Sunday in Week 10 action. Here is what to expect from the future Hall of Fame quarterback. 


Three TD

For all the talk of Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees, Peyton Manning hasn't been receiving the credit he deserves this season. Aside from Rodgers, no other quarterback in the league has been dealing like Manning in terms of consistent performances in the touchdown category.

Manning posted his fifth straight week with at least three touchdown passes last Sunday when the Broncos defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 31-23. 

Going up against an average Carolina defense, expect Manning to reach that number for the sixth straight week. 


69.5 Completion Percentage

Throughout his entire career, Peyton Manning has been deathly accurate. But he has never been as accurate as he has this season.

Manning is connecting on a career-best 69.5 percent of his passes this season. Lately, however, Manning has been even better, connecting on 75.9 percent of his passes in the past five games.

Think about it: Manning, a four-time NFL MVP, is having his best completion percentage season of his career coming off a year where he didn't play a single game due to injury. Remarkable.

Consider his MVP seasons: In 2003 he posted a 67.0 completion percentage, 2004 was 67.6, 2008 was 66.8 and 2009 was 68.8. 



Another victory

Manning's numbers have been MVP-worthy, but we all know winning games is the best ingredient for a MVP candidate. Check that off the list.

Manning and the Broncos have won four of the past five games; two games were on the road including one against the Chargers, Denver's stiffest AFC West competition.

Denver has done a great job defeating average to below-average teams this season, and that's what winning football teams do. Going up against Carolina, a 2-6 team, expect Manning to lead the Broncos to another victory.