After undergoing a few neck surgeries and missing last season, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is back. He’s having a good season even if his team is 3-3.
To-date, Manning is 154 for 227, 1808 yards, 14 touchdowns and four interceptions. According to ProFootballTalk, the quarterback is on pace for the following: throwing a career-high 4,821 passing yards and 37 touchdown passes (a second-best career figure). His completion rate could hit 67.8 percent with a 105.0 passer rating also representing second-best career numbers.
Oh yeah, he may also throw 11 picks.
While his numbers may paint a certain story, Manning tells another about how he feels.
He said in an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, “That’s how it might look like to someone on the outside. Some things are harder than they used to be. The game is harder. The whole goal was try to get better every week, even if only a little bit better every week. And I knew all along the nerve would take a long time [to heal], and you couldn’t rush it. It’ll be a tad better in two weeks, then a tad better two weeks after that. On game day, I get a little juice and feel pretty good. All I’m saying is, I still have strength to recover and rehab to do. But like Bill Parcells said to me in the off-season, talking about a baseball pitcher, ‘Can you still get ’em out?’ ”
On Sunday, Manning will face talented New Orleans Saints Drew Brees in the night game.
Let’s call it the Battle of the Quarterbacks.
From their previous meetings, the series between the two is tied at 2-2.
In 2004, Manning beat Brees when he was with the San Diego Chargers. The following year Brees defeated a 13-0 Colts team 26-17 as he was completing his San Diego career.
Then in 2007, the Colts crushed the Saints 41-10. The two quarterbacks last met in the Super Bowl XLIV in 2010. We all know how that game ended including Brees being named the Super Bowl MVP.
A lot has changed for both players since then. Similar to Manning, Brees is personally having a good season and is 166 for 273, 2097 yards, 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
In Manning’s last three games this season, he’s thrown for a minimum of 300 yards and three touchdowns with a 70 percent-pass completion rate. This is a first for an NFL player.
In the Broncos’ last game on Oct. 15, they were down 24-0 at halftime against the Chargers. Manning helped erased this number and led his team to a 35-24 win.
Just think, this is the play of a quarterback who say’s he’s not 100 percent. Imagine the play if he was there.