Did you ever have a doubt?
Peyton Manning tossed a touchdown pass to Brandon Stokley to tie Dan Marino's career number (420) in the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers. We all figured he'd throw the Marino-surpassing touchdown in short order.
It never came. At least not in Week 11.
But, with the win and pass, he did tie Marino in terms of career touchdown passes and wins (148). So what's next?
Brett Favre's Career Records
Marino was once the standard against which all other quarterbacks were measured, but Favre took over that mantle near the end of his Green Bay Packers tenure. Therefore, the next man in Manning's crosshairs is the gunslinger in Wranglers.
No. 4 racked up 508 touchdown passes, 71,838 yards and 186 wins. Those numbers are all well within reach for the Broncos signal-caller within the next three to four years, since he will enter Week 12 with 57,533 yards, 420 touchdowns and 148 wins.
Those numbers are all attainable, but Manning should be able to avoid Favre's 336 career interceptions as he only has 204.
But Manning is Currently Only Chasing His Brother
Players consumed by competitiveness do care about how their numbers stack up against their peers, but the most important statistic will remain Super Bowls. That's the number that will stick in Peyton's craw if he cannot improve upon his one title.
Family Thanksgivings might leave Peyton with a bit of resentment unless he can catch, and ultimately surpass, his brother. Considering how well the Broncos have been playing as of late, it isn't inconceivable.
Plus, he still has at least a few good years left. He won't stop until all the records say Peyton Manning at the top.
I don't mean that it's the driving force behind his play. Just that when he's done, so are all the records.