Analyzing Peyton Manning's Record-Setting Pace Through Week 4

Sean ODonnellContributor IIISeptember 29, 2013

Sep 29, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) signals at the line of scrimmage during the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
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Denver Broncos quarterback and future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning continued his record pace during a Week 4 victory against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Broncos are 4-0 this season and look to be the favorites to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. However, it is the 37-year-old quarterback that has people talking.

Although he has nothing left to prove, Manning—the competitor that he is—continues to put together what could potentially be his best NFL season in his career. 

Over his illustrious 16 NFL seasons, Manning has one Super Bowl win, one Super Bowl MVP, four NFL MVPs, one Comeback Player of the Year award, 12 Pro Bowls and six first-team All-Pro honors.

His best statistical year came in 2004 when he passed for 4,557 yards and 49 touchdowns against only 10 interceptions for a passer rating of 121.1.

His performance that season was one of the best by a quarterback in the league's history.

Manning is on pace to torch those numbers in 2013.

After completing 28 of 34 passes for 327 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions for a passer rating of 146.0 on Sunday, Manning's pace for the season is quite breathtaking.

To put those numbers into perspective, the single-season record for passing yards is held by Drew Brees—he passed for 5,476 in 2011. The single-season record for passing touchdowns is 50 and has been held by Tom Brady since 2007.

Manning is on pace to best Brees' record by 404 yards and Brady's record by 14 touchdowns. Astonishing.

The efficiency that Manning has produced while recording these numbers is a sight to behold as well. His lowest passer rating this season was a 105.5 in Week 2 against the New York Giants. His rating in that game would still be a higher average than all but two NFL quarterbacks this season.

These numbers that Manning has been posting this season are all fantastic, but the question remains: Can he keep it up for the rest of the season?


Not only has Manning been productive and efficient, but the Broncos offense as a whole has been as well. The balance of this offense along with Manning's ability to read a defense and act as a field general has defensive coordinators reeling.

Heading into Week 4, the Broncos were ranked first in points per game, first in yards per game, first in pass yards per game and 15th in rush yards per game. Again, that's astonishing.

Looking into the future, Denver's offense could be on pace for records of its own.

Looking back at the league's single-season record holders on offense, we run into two familiar faces—Brady and Brees.

In 2007—the year the New England Patriots went 16-0 during the regular season—Brady led the offense to a total of 589 pointsan average of 36.8 points per game.

In 2011, Brees and the New Orleans Saints offense totaled 7,474 yards on the season—an average of 467.1 per game.

At this time, the Broncos are on pace to torch the single-season points record by a whopping 127—that's over 18 touchdowns. Concurrently, they are also on pace to break the single-season total yardage record by 254 yards.

Look no further than this to compare the 2013 Broncos offense to the rest of the league:

The way the Broncos offense has been playing this season, it will certainly be difficult for any opponent to compete, let alone win against this team. Denver has now outscored its first four opponents by a total of 88 points—an average of 22 per game. This raises the question that will surely be heavily debated going forward: Can the Broncos go undefeated this season?

Whether they go undefeated or not, 2013 is certainly set to be a record year for the Broncos offense. There is no telling how many of the NFL's single-season records will fall at the hands of Manning by season's end.