After having multiple neck surgeries not many people thought Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning would ever play football again. If he was able to somehow comeback nobody thought he would be the same player that won four NFL MVP’s and one Super Bowl. Some even doubted whether he would be able to take a hit and get back up.
Well, he’s gotten back up and his performance so far has him at the front of the group as the favorite to win his fifth MVP award. His play during Denver’s second half against San Diego had an MVP feel to it and it has only strengthened his early-season case.
Manning would never say it but he’s enjoying proving all of those doubters wrong and he’s doing it by putting together another MVP worthy season. Even while facing the league’s fifth toughest schedule through six games Manning has posted league leading numbers.
Heading into Denver’s bye week Manning has completed 68% of his passes for 1,808 yards, 14 TD and has a QB rating of 105. He’s second in passing yards, tied for second in TD passes and second in QB rating.
After the bye week his MVP credentials should only improve as the Broncos face the easiest remaining schedule out of any team in the league. The scary thing is Manning and his receivers will be able to fine tune their passing game even more during their bye. At times, Manning hasn’t been on the same page with his receivers but now that they have another week of practice to work on their chemistry it spells trouble for opposing secondaries.
On top of the season he’s already had, if he’s putting up these numbers against some of the best teams in the league what type of stats will he have against the weaker teams? It seems that things can only go up from here for Manning and the Broncos as they are now the favorites in the AFC West and they have an easy schedule the rest of the way.
His performance last week earned him AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors but I have a feeling that it won’t be the last award Manning picks up this season.