And There Came Peyton Manning’s 18th Season

Photo from denverpost.com.

Photo from denverpost.com.

We stand on the cusp of a new season for the Denver Broncos (and the rest of the NFL, of course). Importantly, we stand on the cusp of a new season for Peyton Manning. This is Number 18’s 18th NFL campaign and, if reports from his teammates are to be trusted, the signal caller for the Broncos looks as good as he has since coming to the Mile High City.

If the Broncos are in the Super Bowl 50 conversation, it’s because of Number 18. Manning makes this team a contender, plainly-and-simply.

Can we project how he will do in a game-by-game rundown with any accuracy? Not really. There are too many variables (though I will pick each game daily beginning tomorrow leading up to the Broncos first game against the Ravens).

What we can do is look to the past and see how Manning has performed against the teams on Denver’s schedule.

Spoiler alert – he’s performed very, very well.

Week 1 – Baltimore Ravens

Record: 8-2
Stats: 223-for-345 (64.6%), 2,939 yards (293.9 yards per game), 25 touchdowns, 5 interceptions

Weeks 2, 10 – Kansas City Chiefs

Record: 11-1
Stats: 258-for-416 (62%), 3,379 yards (281.6 yards per game), 25 touchdowns, 8 interceptions

Week 3 – Detroit Lions

Record: 3-0
Stats: 73-for-98 (74.5%), 842 yards (280.6 yards per game), 10 touchdowns, 2 interceptions

Week 4 – Minnesota Vikings

Record: 3-0
Stats: 74-for-107 (69.2%), 862 yards (287.3 yards per game), 9 touchdowns, 3 interceptions

Weeks 5, 14 – Oakland Raiders

Record: 9-2
Stats: 278-for-404 (68.8%), 3,162 yards (287.5 yards per game), 28 touchdowns, 11 interceptions

Week 6 – Cleveland Browns

Record: 6-0
Stats: 138-for-207 (66.7%), 1,456 yards (242.7 yards per game), 5 touchdowns, 7 interceptions

Week 8 – Green Bay Packers

Record: 1-2
Stats: 74-for-126 (58.7%), 916 yards (305.3 yards per game), 8 touchdowns, 3 interceptions

Week 9 – Indianapolis Colts

Record: 1-1
Stats: 51-for-85 (60%), 655 yards (327.5 yards per game), 6 touchdowns, 1 interception

Week 11 – Chicago Bears

Record: 1-2
Stats: 73-for-116 (62.9%), 770 yards (256.7 yards per game), 7 touchdowns, 2 interceptions

Week 12 – New England Patriots

Record: 6-13
Stats: 453-for-723 (62.7%), 5,316 yards (279.8 yards per game), 43 touchdowns, 26 interceptions

Weeks 13, 17 – San Diego Chargers

Record: 9-4
Stats: 331-for-518 (63.9%), 3,845 yards (295.8 yards per game), 28 touchdowns, 19 interceptions

Week 15 – Pittsburgh Steelers

Record: 3-1
Stats: 87-for-139 (62.6%), 1,042 yards (260.5 yards per game), 8 touchdowns, 4 interceptions

Week 16 – Cincinnati Bengals

Record: 8-1
Stats: 209-for-316 (66.1%), 2,429 yards (269.9 yards per game), 22 touchdowns, 9 interceptions

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