Can You Believe What Peyton Manning Did Last Night?
I am so upset this morning. This week, I am playing not one but two fantasy football teams that feature Peyton Manning as their quarterback. And after seeing what the Denver Broncos quarterback did last night, I’m pretty sure that I have, like, a two percent chance of winning those fantasy football matchups this week. Because what Manning did against the Baltimore Ravens was unprecedented.
So what did Manning do that was so great? He threw for seven—yep, seven—touchdowns during Denver’s first game of the season. Three or four touchdowns would have been impressive enough. But no. Manning managed to unload seven touchdown passes, including five in the second half, to lead the Broncos to a 49-27 win over the Ravens. In doing so, he became the first quarterback since 1969—and just the sixth quarterback overall—to throw seven touchdowns in a single game. It’s a feat that probably won’t be matched by another quarterback anytime soon. And the fact that he did it in front of a national TV audience makes it that much sweeter for Manning, who is adding to his mystique and legacy as an NFL quarterback right now.
“It was an awesome night,” Manning said shortly after his seven-TD performance. “Our offensive line did a heck of a job against a great pass rush, gave me good time.”
So is this what we should expect from Manning for the rest of the season? Is he routinely going to be throwing for four, five, six, and even seven touchdowns week in and week out? Sadly—for opposing NFL teams and fantasy owners like me who passed on the opportunity to draft Manning this year—yes. He has a ton of weapons at his disposal. So we won’t be surprised at all to see him put up big numbers game in and game out this season. He might not tally seven touchdowns every week. But we don’t expect the Manning and the Broncos to get shut out anytime soon, either.