Same Story, Different Week: Peyton Manning Leads His Colts Past the Seahawks

Ryan MichaelSenior Writer IIIOctober 4, 2009

Can anyone stop this guy?

Another week goes by and another victory has been secured for the undefeated Indianapolis Colts, riding the arm of Peyton Manning to get there.

The Seahawks had little chance to win to begin with, but Peyton Manning and the high-powered Colts' passing offense poured the points on anyway.

Manning was 31 of 41 for 353 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception.

Which means he continues his productive pace and his assault on the NFL record book.

On Sunday, Manning tied Fran Tarkenton by throwing touchdown pass No. 342 which places him at third on the all-time list.

After next Sunday, he will secure the third spot and trail only Brett Favre and Dan Marino.

But let's talk about this Sunday.

Despite being backed by a running game that produced only 79 yards, Manning tore up the Seahawks defense for 353 yards.

That's four games this season and four consecutive 300-yard performances.

Manning is currently on pace to throw for 5,344 yards this season and no, that isn't a typo.

Neither is the fact that Manning has completed an astounding 70.8 percent of his passes (97 of 137) this season, completing 75.5 percent Sunday against the Seahawks.

But it's  not just about how well Manning is performing, it's about how well he is performing with the players at his disposal.

Many thought that with the departure of future Hall of Fame receiver Marvin Harrison, Manning's productivity would be on the decline.

Yet while those same people appeared to be ignorant to the fact that Manning had actually been more productive when Harrison was injured in 2007 than when he was healthy, the reality of past history has continued in 2009.

If Manning can be this productive playing with back-up receivers, we can only imagine the damage that will be done when Anthony Gonzalez returns.

Manning has averaged 334 yards per game so far in 2009. What would he average, over 350 yards per game with Gonzalez back in the lineup?

And lets be fair, saying that the inclusion of Anthony Gonzalez would only account for a 16 yard per-game difference is being very generous.

But as it stands right now, the Colts have a 4-0 record and will look to continue their 13 regular season game winning-streak next week when they face the Tennessee Titans on Sunday Night football.

The same Titans team who gave up 37 points to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Have you seen what Peyton Manning has done the last two times he played on prime-time television?

God help the Tennessee Titans.