Peyton Manning Quietly on His Way to Record-Breaking Season

Tyler McAdamsContributor IIDecember 9, 2010

Manning is making headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Manning is making headlines for all the wrong reasons.Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Peyton Manning has made a lot of headlines lately, but it's for his miscues rather than the potential record-setting numbers he is quietly producing.

It's true that Manning has thrown 11 interceptions in his past three games, the worst three-game stretch of his career. It's also true that he currently has a QB rating of 89.4, which if it sticks, will be only the fourth time his QB rating failed to top 90.

What you may not be aware of are the potential single-season records he is on pace to set.

According to ESPN's projections (take it for what it's worth), Manning will shatter the all-time record for passing attempts in a season (712), break the record for completions (471) and place third all-time for passing yards in a season (4,945). You can click the links to see the current record for each stat.

His current numbers rest as follows: pass attempts (534), pass completions (353) and passing yards (3,709).

In order for Manning to surpass Dan Marino's single-season record for most passing yards, he will need to average about 344 yards per game from here on out. While this is a bit of a stretch, Manning is averaging 309 yards per game this season. He's never finished a season averaging 300 yards per game.

It has been an unusual season for Manning to be sure, but that is directly attributed to the Colts' lackluster running game.

Manning threw for 433 (third highest in career) yards in Week 1 against the Houston Texans, while also throwing a career-high 57 passes. 

Manning has gone over 40 attempts in a game nine times this year. His previous career high was seven (2008 & 2002), and we still have four games left. He's thrown over 50 times on three occasions this season, which is also a career high.

Everyone is knocking Manning because he's making a lot mistakes, which until the last three games wasn't even an issue, and failing to realize what he's actually doing this year.

Manning is practically carrying a rag tag offense of Blair White, Javarris James and Jacob Tamme on his back and still having a solid year. Heck, the Colts might even make the playoffs still.


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