Peyton Manning Can Join Elite Ranks

With a victory against the Indianapolis Colts, Peyton Manning could vault himself into all-time elite company.

One player holds many of the major NFL passing records. Passes completed (6,300), pass attempts (10,169), passing yards (71,838), passing TDs (508) are only a few of his marks.

That player is of course the (seemingly) immortal and (seemingly) retired Brett Favre, lately of the Falcons, Packers, Jets and Vikings.

What you may not know is that current Broncos QB Peyton Manning is just behind Favre at second in all four of those categories. This Sunday, Manning is poised to join Favre in perhaps the most exclusive of quarterbacking tiers…defeating all 32 teams in the NFL.

Manning, Tom Brady and Kerry Collins have all been victorious against the 31 other teams leaguewide. Favre became the first to do it, beating the Green Bay Packers 30-23 on March 15, 2010.

Manning certainly would appreciate a victory against the Colts, as they were the team he played for 14 years. Although he no doubt has respect for the organization, knowing the sportsman Manning is, he certainly has to want a victory here.

Manning certainly doesn’t have his best supporting cast at his side. Gone is receiver Wes Welker with a four game suspension for PEDs. Gone is kicker Matt Prater with a four game suspension for alcohol. But receiver Demaryius Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas continue their meteoric rise into the elite of the pass-catchers. Free agent acquisition Emmanuel Sanders promises to add a game-changing dimension to this Broncos offense.

Manning may be second to Favre in the aforementioned record categories. But he has a chance to step forward as Favre’s equal this Sunday.

Luc Polglaze can be found on Twitter @mhsradio.

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