By Rich Kurtzman
Peyton Manning is a magic man.
Weekly, he’s scratching out and penning new records in the NFL record books; Manning’s playing greater than any quarterback in the history of the game.
During the Broncos close 51-48 win over the Dallas Cowboys, Manning pushed his record to 20 touchdowns thrown without an interception until he finally underthrew Eric Decker so badly the Cowboys picked it off. Still, his 20 touchdowns passed is easily the most through five games, while he continues to lead the league in every, single passing category.
Manning finished the contest going 33-for-42 for 414 yards and four touchdowns thrown. It was his 77th career 300-yard passing game, 25th career 400-yard game, 77th time with three passing TDs and 25th game with four passing scores; each are NFL records. Another record; Dallas’ 48 points are tied for the most by any losing team in NFL history.
But during that win, Manning also did something no one had seen him do all season long. With the Broncos up 21-17 and knocking on the Cowboys goal line for a third straight touchdown, he seemingly handed the ball off to running back Knowshon Moreno. But as the play went on, it became clear that Manning kept the ball, ran around to his left, where he walked into the end zone untouched.
It was as though he wanted to remind everyone that even though his Broncos are busy out-scoring everyone in a variety of ways, they haven’t seen everything the team can do offensively, yet.
Denver, led by Manning, sports the league’s highest-scoring offense, at 46.0 points per game. Their 230 total points are far and away the most, with the Chicago Bears 145 points scored second-best.
Undoubtedly, with Manning orchestrating the offense – calling audibles at the line and throwing the ball with amazing accuracy – the Broncos have become the best team in the NFL. His leadership shines through as he teaches teammates where they should be on any given play. He even coaches them up after successful touchdown scores, reiterating what they could do if the situation presents itself slightly different in the future.
The Broncos are now one of three teams to remain unbeaten this far into the season, and with the lowly 0-5 Jacksonville Jaguars coming to the Mile High City Sunday, it seems all but certain Denver will improve to 6-0 this weekend.
The game kicks off at 2:05 p.m. MT and will be televised on CBS.
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Rich Kurtzman is a Denver native, Colorado State University alumnus, sports nerd, athletics enthusiast, and competition junkie. Currently writing for a multitude of websites while working on books, one on the history of the Denver Broncos and Mile High Stadium. Rich is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com.