5 Options for Peyton Manning’s 2014 New Year’s Resolution

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5 Options for Peyton Manning’s 2014 New Year’s Resolution

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Ron Chenoy- USA TODAY SPORTS

To say Peyton Manning has enjoyed a great season would be quite an understatement. In just his second year back from a neck injury, Peyton has looked even better than his old self. Leading the Denver Broncos to an 11-3 record, Manning has put up one of the greatest quarterback performances in NFL history. He has thrown for almost 5,000 yards, along with 47 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and a 112.9 passer rating. Thanks to his greatness, the Broncos have already clinched a playoff spot and are one of the favorites to win it all.

However, if Manning wants to be known as the greatest quarterback in NFL history, he knows he needs to finish the job and win at least one more Super Bowl. Nearing the end of his career, he knows that he has very few opportunities to do so. Fortunately, with weapons like Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Wes Welker, he may have the best supporting cast of his entire career. Although the defense has been a bit of a liability, they have been able to play well enough to support a high-octane offense. Knowshon Moreno, though, still labeled by some as a bust, has provided Manning with a decent ground game along with blocking and pass-catching abilities. Simply put, it’s now-or-never mode for Manning and the Broncos.

With 2013 coming to an end, it’s time to figure out exactly what Manning’s New Year’s resolution is (assuming he's already made one). Although the possibilities are endless, here are the five most likely options:

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Break the Passing Touchdown Record

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With 47 touchdown passes and two games to go, Manning is in prime position to break the all-time record set by Tom Brady in 2007, where he tossed 50. Peyton could do it as early as Sunday, where he will face the lowly Houston Texans.

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Secure the Number One Seed

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Manning may have already resolved to take care of business and make sure the Super Bowl runs through Denver. All they need to do is win their next two games (Houston and Oakland) and the Broncos will be tops in the AFC.

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Play Better in the Cold

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It's no secret that Peyton Manning has a losing record while playing in cold weather (10-13). His New Year's resolution may be to continue to tell the media to "shove it" and dominate in freezing temperatures.

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Defeat an Old Nemesis

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Manning knows that in order to have a shot at the Super Bowl, he must beat Tom Brady -- something that he has only done four times out of the 14 games they have faced each other. The most recent matchup was just weeks ago, where Manning's Broncos blew a 24-point halftime lead to lose to Brady's Patriots, 34-31. That must have left a sour taste in Manning's mouth, and he is certain to have revenge on his mind come January.

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Win Another Super Bowl

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The most obvious one, and one that would put him with or above any quarterback in the history of the game. Manning has only one Super Bowl to his name. Having two would make a world of difference while considering him among the greatest to ever play the position.


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