This should come as no surprise. After throwing seven touchdown passes against the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has been named the week one FedEx Air Player of the week.
Manning completed 27-of-42 passes for 462 yards and an NFL record-tying seven touchdowns with no interceptions in a 49-27 blowout win, five of which came in the second half.
“You never know what is going to happen in a game,“ Manning said, “We felt like we had to keep scoring because Baltimore can score at any time.”
Baltimore did make it somewhat interesting at the end after a mental error by linebacker Danny Trevathan, who had an interception for a touchdown locked in before he dropped the ball in front of the goal line and cost his team six points. Manning and the Broncos were able to maintain their lead and even add to it after that play, and Manning’s performance was masterful.
Manning was so good against the Ravens, in fact, that it has inspired me and many other fans to believe that he has a real shot of breaking that record of seven touchdown passes in a game, perhaps going for eight or maybe even nine. Like I said, five touchdowns came in the second half, and the Broncos left a lot of plays on the field in the first half.
The three-time FedEx Air Player of the Year is well on his way to winning the title for a fourth time in 2013.