Explosive was redefined during the 2013 NFL regular season, as the Denver Broncos defeated the Dallas Cowboys 51-48 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. The Broncos clinched the win with a 28-yard field goal as time expired and capped off what was one of the most high-scoring games in recent history.
No player turned heads quite like legendary quarterback Peyton Manning.
Manning led the Broncos to a 5-0 start by going 33-of-42 for 414 yards, four touchdowns and his first interception of the season. Speaking of firsts, Manning also picked up his first rushing touchdown since 2008.
Two streaks may have ended, but Denver keeps on winning and Manning continues to dominate.
Peyton Manning's remarkable start: - 5-0 record - 1,888 Pass Yds - 20 Pass TD, 1 Int - Rush TD Legend at his best. http://t.co/wucx38W65W— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 6, 2013
Most impressive of all, Week 5 wasn't even his best performance.
Peyton Manning completed 78.6% of his 42 attempts for 414 yards and four touchdowns. None of those numbers are a season high.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 7, 2013
It's getting hard to imagine any player catching Manning in the race for MVP.
Manning won't rush for many touchdowns from here on out, but that should be the last thought on the mind of a fantasy football owner. Manning led all fantasy football players with 119 points entering Week 5, per ESPN, and the second-placed player was Drew Brees at 95.
Is Peyton Manning the best quarterback in the NFL?
A 400-plus yard performance with four scores doesn't hurt his standing.
Manning now has 1,884 passing yards, 20 touchdowns and one interception on a completion percentage of 75.8. He leads all players in every one of those categories and has shown no signs of slowing down in any game.
As if it needed to be said, Manning is the most productive quarterback in the NFL, and you'd be a fool to do anything but start him in your fantasy football league.
During Week 6, Manning will lead the Broncos against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colo. The Jaguars have been surprisingly strong against the pass but have allowed at least 34 points in three consecutive outings.
Let the legendary season continue.