Peyton Manning: Top Five NFL Quarterback

By Derek Kessinger

Peyton Manning’s neck is not slowing him down. His quarterback rating through five games is 101.2, which is good for fourth best in the NFL. The Denver Broncos quarterback has completed 66% of his passes, thrown11 touchdowns and averaged 301 yards passing per game. He has been sacked 10 times and hit a number of other times which has tested his surgically-repaired neck. Additionally, his three interceptions all came in a single quarter against the Atlanta Falcons. Peyton is starting to look like the league’s four time MVP as he tries to gel with a new system and new receivers.

The quarterbacks in front of him include Alex Smith of the San Francisco 49ers (108.7), Matt Ryan of the Falcons (106.1) and the New England PatriotsTom Brady (102.8). Manning is closely trailed by quarterbacks Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins (101.0) and Ben Rothlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers (100.6). Matt Schaub of the Houston TexansMonday Night Football performance dropped him from a passer rating of 105.3 to 99.2. He had a 71.9 passer rating in that game.

Manning’s passer rating in the Atlanta game was 58.5 and against Houston was 83. In the last two weeks, it was 130 against the Oakland Raiders and 116.2 against the Patriots. In the last two games, Manning has really connected with his receivers, especially Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker.

Passer rating takes into account a quarterback’s pass attempts, pass completions, total passing yards, touchdown passes and interceptions. Through the second week of this season, Manning has the sixth highest career passer rating with a 95.1 rating. Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ passer rating for his career is 103.5 and Brady’s is 96.6.


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