Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) throws a pass during the first quarter against the New England Patriots during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Bold Predictions for Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning in 2014


Peyton Manning is the reigning MVP. He’s fresh off of his best season ever as a professional football player, throwing an unprecedented 55 touchdown passes.

What’s so crazy about that is not even the most diluted of Manning supporters would have predicted such a season as that. Heck, you might have been deemed over-zealous if you had predicted over 40 touchdowns for Manning last year.

It’s time to start getting bold, Broncos fans. It’s time to make bold predictions for Peyton Manning, in the first part of what will become a pre-training camp series here at Predominantly Orange. Here are my bold predictions for Manning, as well as some of the predictions from the rest of the staff.

My Predictions

I am with my partner in crime, Chad Jensen, here (you’ll soon see). Peyton Manning will throw 50 touchdown passes again. I don’t honestly know if he will need to because of some other factors, like having a better defense. I believe the Broncos’ margin of victory will increase this year and they might be able to match last year’s scoring numbers.

What’s crazy about last year’s 55 touchdowns is that the Broncos were only not conservative with the ball (it seemed) when they could not afford to be. I would like to see the Broncos have a killer mentality all throughout a game, even when they are already up big. I’m not a fan of bad sportsmanship, but I want to see the Broncos absolutely drubbing opponents this season.

Another prediction I would have for Manning is that he will again be the league MVP. At his age, Manning isn’t the likeliest MVP candidate but not all candidates are Manning. This guy is stronger than ever. He’s more focused than ever. He just put together the greatest season for a QB we have ever seen. He can exceed those lofty expectations, in some regards.

Staff Predictions

Chad JensenI predict that Peyton Manning becomes the first QB in the history of the NFL to throw for 50+ TDs in back-to-back seasons. But he lost Decker and Moreno, you say? Let me introduce you to Emmanuel Sanders and Montee Ball. This offense will be even more explosive than it was in ’13. Besides, as we saw last year, it’s simply not in Adam Gase’s nature to tone it down. He’ll have the pedal to the floor, whether the Broncos are up by 18, or 6.

Matty Petrero(heaven forbid) Peyton Manning does not play all 16 games. Aside from the time missed due to the neck surgery, PFM has been injury free throughout his career. The law of averages and the fact that he’s going into his age 38 season, something’s got to give. 

Khalid AlshamiPeyton Manning suffers a injury to his Collarbone in week 2 forcing him to miss 8 weeks plus the bye. During his absence Brock Osweiler leads the team to a 6-2 record, finishing off the Chiefs, with wins over Seattle, Arizona, San Francisco, New England, Oakland and St. Louis cementing himself as the Broncos starter next year when the team parts ways with Peyton Manning following another disappointing playoff exit.

Erick TrickelPeyton Manning plays in all 16 games, leading Denver to a 14-2 record after he passes for over 50 touchdowns and over 5,500 yards. All while throwing only four interceptions. He then leads the Broncos to the Super Bowl where he throws over 500 yards and 5 touchdowns to beat the Green Bay Packers.

Amy RichauPeyton Manning will play all 16 games but will not break any records this season. Leaning more on the running game and shorter and shorter passes Manning will only be intercepted twice this season.

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Aside from Khalid’s slightly depressing diagnosis for this season, I think the staff has some great thoughts here. What are your thoughts? Leave us your bold predictions in the comment section.

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  • trinity

    I think he’ll play all 16 games, toss 50 again, go undefeated in the division, avenge last year’s lost to the colts, beat Tom Brady in the AFC championship (again), then lead the team to a superbowl victory against the San Francisco 49ers (who will upset the Seahawks ). The beauty of such a scenario almost renders me speechless.

    • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

      i agree on the denver vs SF superbowl matchup this year, and your conf. chap round picks

  • Chad Jensen

    Khalid aka Wet Blanket. Lol. Someone had to temper our raging enthusiasm.

  • 45coltauto

    My scenario says Manning plays all 16 games (again) with 50+ TDs, 5500+ yards, single digit interceptions. We meet the Seahawks in SB XLIX where we cream them 56 to zip just to show them how afraid we are of them. Following season wrapup Manning calls a contractor to get bids on expanding his trophy case for his sixth MVP award and Predominantly Orange parts ways with some dipstick named Khalid who is clucking fooless when it comes to the Denver Broncos.

    • Chad Jensen

      Easy. It’s all about contrast. Thanks for reading, my friend. We appreciate it! There’s no doubt that the Broncos are gonna do some amazing things in 2014! Go Broncos!

  • Andrew

    I cant decide if khalid is autistic or if hes in love with brock osweiler

  • Todd Pitney

    Prime time highlight; The broadcast booth make a point of saying Peyton doesn’t have it anymore. The defense is miked and we hear them taunt Peyton with ‘Papa Johns’ again. He throws a bomb to Emmanuel Sanders and ‘delivers’ a personally gratifying moment to his newest ‘delivery boy’. Everybody nationwide jokes about it the next day.

    Defining Moment; Peyton gets nailed… but holds on to the ball. The green football drill worked. It gives the offensive line momentum to thrash, and I mean thrash the defensive line. From that point on there is no mercy and a big streak of nastiness in the line as they run it down their throat while Peyton recovers from the big scare by handing it off for a series.

    Reverse Psychology – Peyton takes a needed breather 50-70% into the season. Gase game plans to Oz or whomever that week without telling the press anything. Its a lot of trick plays and diff packages the defense rarely sees and the offense has a fun time the whole game. It will cause subsequent defensive coordinators for the following games to do enhanced game planning by keeping them off balance, giving Peyton an edge. The success of using different strengths brings needed emotional lift during a rough stretch. During half time they make the switch and revert to the land of Oz in a subsequent game, again giving the coordinators fits.

    The drive – doesn’t end in a helicopter, or in a buick ether for that matter. Each offensive player pulls from deep within each play. Peyton starts if off with a joke aka ‘The Drive’. The offense sticks it to the defense and the announcers speak about the ‘orange crush’ offense. Especially after Peyton targets the loudmouth who has been smash talking all game, and they roll him up and spit him out. It’s on the highlight reels watching the bad boy get literally ‘bowled’ over.

    “Actions speak louder than words” & “walk softly and carry a big stick” mentality gets them to the SB. The offensive line again doesn’t talk to the reporters and they informally fine each other for every word said. War rhetoric like ‘debriefing’ and Air force Academy graduate Ben Garland’s influence creates a toughness that hasn’t been there in awhile. They close out games well as they now have a killer instinct and put games away quickly. ‘Veterans’ are vocal about missed opportunities and create a warrior mentality through the ‘battles’ and ‘campaigns.’ Our defense, stung by the offenses new found mindset and resulting reputation forge an alliance to create the ‘Jaws of Death’ i.e. Peyton sinks his teeth in, and the defense tears away the rest.

    And they live happily ever after…. the end :)