By DJ Siddiqi @DJSiddiqi on May 31, 2014
For a quarterback as accomplished as Peyton Manning is, one would think he would have more championships to his resume than the lone Lombardi Trophy that is currently next to his name. Despite winning an NFL-record five MVP awards and despite ranking No. 2 in every major statistical passing category all time, Manning has won just one Super Bowl game in three appearances. Here are five reasons Manning needs to win a second ring in 2014.
Manning is 38 years old and has been in the league since 1998. With 240 career regular season starts under his belt, Manning has started the second-most games of any quarterback in NFL history. Although it appears Manning isn't slowing down any time soon following his excellent 2013 season, he won't be playing forever -- he only has a couple of years left to win his second Lombardi Trophy.
The Denver Broncos have the most stacked offensive cast in the NFL. Even after the departures of Eric Decker and Knowshon Moreno, the Broncos bring back Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Wes Welker, Andre Caldwell and Montee Ball. During free agency, the team went on a free-agent spending binge, adding the likes of DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib, T.J. Ward and Emmanuel Sanders. With those quality pieces around you, you have to win the Super Bowl.
It's amazing that Manning has won three MVP awards since 2008, yet has zero championships to show for it. The 15-year NFL veteran has made two Super Bowl appearances during that time frame, but came up short of winning the big one in both appearances. The more Manning excels in the regular season, but fails in the postseason, the worse it looks on Manning's resume.
Manning lost a heartbreaker in Super Bowl XLIV when his Indianapolis Colts fell to the New Orleans Saints, 31-17. That game was lost due to a late-game interception returned for a touchdown thrown by Manning. In Super Bowl XLVIII, the Denver Broncos were soundly defeated by the Seattle Seahawks, 43-8, in one of the biggest blowouts in Super Bowl history. The fact that Peyton continues to lose in big postseason games puts a dent in his legacy.
As mentioned earlier, Manning ranks second in every major passing category all time -- touchdowns, passing yards and completions. His five MVP awards are at least two more than any other MVP winner in league history. He now holds single-season records in touchdowns, yardage and passer rating. When it pertains to stats and accolades, Manning has done it all. But if he wants to be considered the G.O.A.T., he'll have to win at least one more ring.
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