Quarterback Peyton Manning has been flirting with or setting records left and right after a 37-21 victory over the hated Oakland Raiders.
Manning was phenomenal for a third straight game on Monday. He finished with a stat line of 32-37 for 374 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also set a personal best in completion percentage with 86.5% for a single game. What's even crazier is the fact that Manning had two perfectly thrown balls dropped and this was the first game with new LT Chris Clark rather than All-Pro LT Ryan Clady.
It wasn't just personal records Manning set last night. With his 3rd touchdown of the first half, he became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 12 touchdowns in the first three games of the season. Even more remarkable is the fact that Manning hasn't thrown an interception at all this season. The last quarterback to throw 12 touchdowns without an interception was Philadelphia QB Michael Vick in 2010. It would take Vick eight games to accomplish what Manning has been able to do in just three.
Manning has the Denver Broncos' offense clicking at a historic level. During the three-game span, the Denver Broncos have scored 127 total points. This mark tied the 1966 Dallas Cowboys for the second most points scored through three games and was just 6 points shy from breaking the NFL record of 132 points, which is held by the 1968 Dallas Cowboys.
As it stands now, Peyton Manning has completed 89/122 passes for 1,143 yards, 12 touchdowns, no interceptions and a passer rating of 134.7. He currently leads all of the NFL major passing categories while being on pace for 6,096 passing yards and 64 touchdowns.
Though it's unlikely he'll play quite to that level, there's a strong possibility he can break the single season record for most yards and most touchdowns in a year to cement the greatest regular season performance in NFL history. The current holder of the most yards in a season belongs to QB Drew Brees, who threw for 5,476 yards for the New Orleans Saints in 2011. QB Tom Brady owns the record for most touchdowns in a season when he threw for 50 for the New England Patriots in 2007. For Manning to break both records, he would need to average 333 yards passing and just under 3 touchdowns thrown for the remaining thirteen games.
Manning has a great opportunity to close the gap on Brady and Brees while setting some more records through four games on Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles come to town. The Eagles are a top offense in the NFL, but their defense is also near the bottom statistically. That is the perfect recipe for another ridiculously great performance by Manning.