Peyton Manning is doing it again — he is assaulting the NFL record books. Sunday, he threw five touchdown passes in Denver’s 35-28 win at Kansas City.
The Broncos rallied from 21-7 to win it and complete a two-game sweep of the Chiefs. The Broncos now have control of the AFC West at 10-2.
Manning has now thrown 41 touchdown passes this season. With four games left, he has a chance to break the NFL record of 50 touchdown passes set by Tom Brady of New England.
Manning is also in position as the frontrunner to receive strong consideration for his record fifth NFL MVP Award. Last year the award went to Vikings star Adrian Peterson when he rushed for 2,097 yards and led the Vikings to the playoffs.
Sunday, Peterson rushed for 211 yards on 35 carries in the Vikings’ 23-20 overtime win over Chicago. The loss dropped the Bears to 6-6 with four games left.
Manning and the Broncos are the highest scoring team in the NFL with 464 points. That’s an average of 38 points a game. Sunday, Manning targeted former Gophers star receiver Eric Decker, who grabbed a Broncos-franchise-record four touchdown passes.
With four weeks left in the regular season, several teams are in position to qualify for the playoffs. The front runners in the AFC are Denver, New England, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Kansas City. In the NFC, Seattle, New Orleans, Carolina, Dallas, Detroit and San Francisco are in the driver’s seat.
Manning and the Broncos are in great position if they can keep forging forward.
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