DENVER (CBS4) – Brett Favre, he of grey hair and two decades in the NFL, boasts all major quarterback records. He was great, certainly, but his longevity played a key role.
Peyton Manning holds a number of NFL records himself. Why not a few more? Assuming he stays healthy, here’s a look at a handful of records Manning could break this season or next — or perhaps never.
1. Passing Touchdowns: Quite Likely
Manning has thrown 491 career TDs, second only to Brett Favre’s 508. Just 17 shy, he only needs to average barely more than one a game. He’s never tossed fewer than 26, and last year he set a season record with 55.
2. Passing Yards: Incredibly Unlikely
Nearly 7,000 passing yards behind Favre, Manning would need a monster year — averaging 430 yards a game, something never witnessed in football annals, to set the career passing mark. Manning has collected 64,964 in 15 injury-free years. Favre has totaled 71,838 in roughly 19 full seasons.
3. Regular Season Wins By A Quarterback: Impossible
Favre’s won 19 more games than Manning — 186 to 167 — so the Broncos quarterback can’t pass the former Green Bay star this season. But if the Broncos are better than pedestrian, he’ll claim this mark in the 2015 season.
4. Pro Bowl Appearances: Not This Year
He could tie, however, for the career record, alongside Merlin Olsen, Bruce Matthews and Tony Gonzalez, who each have 14. Manning’s 13 appearances tie him with Ray Lewis, Jerry Rice and Reggie White. A Pro Bowl nod isn’t guaranteed, of course, but assuming he notches a similar year to 2013, he should saddle up with the greatest.
5. Completions And Attempts: Further In The Future
There are a couple more records Manning won’t break this season, and he has a long way to catch Favre: His 5,532 completions and 8,452 pass attempts are second to Favre’s 6,300 and 10,169. At his average pace, the Broncos quarterback would need to play another two or three seasons to reach this record.
– Written by Tim Skillern for CBSDenver.com
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