Peyton Manning's AFC Offensive Player of the Week Award Just the Beginning

By Craig Moir
Christopher Hanewinckel-US Presswire

It does not matter anymore if you are a Denver Broncos fan, a Peyton Manning fan, or just a fan of the game of football.  It is difficult to sit back and view the first six games of the NFL 2012 season and say that Manning is not back to his old form, and enjoying every minute of it.

Manning was awarded the AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors after merely leading his team to thirty five unanswered points to surpass the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football.  Manning was surgical in his comeback while connecting on all but one pass in the second half and throwing three touchdown passes.

So far this year through six games, Manning has done exactly what he was brought here to do: make the Broncos a serious contender for playoff football. But on Monday night, there have been few that have ever played the game that would have been able to take utter control of that game and leave the Chargers shaking their heads.

Should there have been any doubt at halftime that Manning would take control as he had done in previous games this year?  Should there have been any reason to wonder how the defense would react in the second half and if they would finally give Manning that one last chance he needed to fulfill a comeback?

At 36 years old, it is now time to just sit back and watch the magic that Manning will bring to the table week in and week out for the rest of the year.  Manning was 24-30 for 309 yards, 3TDs and an INT while completing 80% of his passes for a 129.0 rating.  But forget about just the stats, the Broncos were down by 24 going into the locker room and reeled off for 35 unanswered points when the game resumed.

Manning deserved this award for his play on the field and his leadership that has been transcending to the rest of his teammates.  I am sure there will be more offensive awards, comeback player of the year awards and possibly even an MVP award down the road if he keeps on this tirade through the opposing defenses.  But there was only one reason that John Elway brought Peyton Manning to Denver.  That is to win the ultimate award: the Vince Lombardi Trophy!


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