ESPN Stats & Info highlighted Manning’s potential if he keeps up his current pace:
If Peyton Manning remains on his current pace, he'd finish the season with 6,096 Pass yds, 64 Pass TD and 0 interceptions.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 25, 2013
How can any NFL team hope to contend with that?
While those numbers aren't likely to be his final stat line in 2013, it’s not completely absurd, considering the Broncos’ offensive success and current form. With four potent options in Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Julius Thomas, Manning has the best set of weapons in the league bar none.
That offense has led to an outburst of offensive production. Manning’s 12 touchdowns are the most ever for a quarterback during a three-game stretch. And the team’s 127 offensive points is historic too, per ESPN Stats & Info:
The Broncos have scored 127 points through their 1st 3 games, tied for the 2nd-most in NFL history. (1968 Cowboys, 132)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 24, 2013
It isn’t all about the weapons Manning has as much as it is his complete command of the offense and understanding of opposing defenses. Before the snap, there is no one better in the game. Like an offensive coordinator on the field, Manning continues to diagnose blitzes, make adjustments and find ways to get his players into positions to succeed.
The Broncos are also playing the type of defense that wins championships. Opponents are finding it hard to remain balanced while trying to keep up with the Broncs’ high-scoring offense for four quarters.
How many regular season games will the Broncos win in 2013?
Denver currently leads the NFL, allowing only 43.3 rushing yards per game and 2.3 yards per carry on the ground. They have also only surrendered one explosive run on a Week 3 scramble by quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who rushed four times for 36 yards.
On third down, their defense has been at its best. Opponents are converting on just 31 percent of their third-down conversion attempts—sixth best in the NFL.
Oh yeah, did anyone forgot about the missing piece to their defense? They’re playing without top pass-rusher Von Miller, who is currently serving a six-game suspension. Despite missing Miller, the Broncos have fared OK in rushing the passer, recording eight sacks and 53 hurries through three games.
Those numbers could and will likely be better with Miller added to the equation, especially considering the fact that quarterbacks have dropped back a staggering 141 times against them this season.
|Sep. 29||Philadelphia Eagles||Denver Broncos|
|Oct. 6||Denver Broncos||Dallas Cowboys|
|Oct. 13||Jacksonville Jaguars||Denver Broncos|
|Oct. 20||Denver Broncos||Indianapolis Colts|
|Oct. 27||Washington Redskins||Denver Broncos|
|Nov. 10||Denver Broncos||San Diego Chargers|
|Nov. 17||Kansas City Chiefs||Denver Broncos|
|Nov. 24||Denver Broncos||New England Patriots|
|Dec. 1||Denver Broncos||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Dec. 8||Tennessee Titans||Denver Broncos|
|Dec. 12||San Diego Chargers||Denver Broncos|
|Dec. 22||Denver Broncos||Houston Texans|
|Dec. 29||Denver Broncos||Oakland Raiders|
Looking at their remaining 13-game schedule, there are plenty of chances for a slip up between now and the end of the regular season. But after having won 14 straight games dating back to last year, it’s impossible to not see how this team could run the table and into the NFL history books.
Records were made to be broken. For the 2013 Broncos, it’s just a matter of how many they’re going to break along the way.