Jun 10, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) speaks to the media following mini camp drills at the Broncos practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning made the best Madden fantasy video game players and dreamers look like pessimists last year when he set the league on fire with an NFL record 55 touchdown passes.
For a frame of reference, Manning threw 66 touchdown passes in his final two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts combined. In his first two seasons with Denver? He’s thrown 92.
And Manning is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, quite the opposite. Since joining the Broncos, Manning has appeared to get better. Stronger. More efficient, more effective with a higher volume of passes than he has ever thrown in his career.
There are legitimate reasons why Peyton Manning’s super hero comparison is Iron Man. His new neck has made him simply unstoppable.
Recently, we here at Predominantly Orange opined that Manning and the Broncos’ offense is going to be better in 2014 than it was in 2013 when they set so many records. Perhaps they won’t shatter all the records again, but I think the Broncos can at least create a more efficient offense in the early stages of games (where they sometimes struggled) as well as a more aggressive mentality that will put teams away instead of playing it safe and letting teams claw their way back in.
Adam Gase, the Broncos’ offensive coordinator, shared the opinion that Denver’s offense can be better this year than it was last.
And then NFL Network’s Jamie Dukes made the statement that Peyton Manning will be the first QB in league history to throw for 50 touchdown passes in consecutive years. And I agree.
Manning has so many weapons at his disposal, and I think the Broncos’ offense will have the chops to be more aggressive this year than it was a year ago. Mainly because they have a deeper group of pass catchers and can rotate guys in as needed to keep everyone fresh without a major dropoff in talent.
As the Broncos’ season draws closer, the predictions grow loftier. Undrafted running back Kapri Bibbs is using the word ‘when’ when talking about the Broncos winning the Super Bowl. DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller hope to be the best pass rush duo the league has ever seen.
And Manning and the Broncos’ passing attack can go where no passing attack has gone before. 50 plus touchdowns in back to back seasons. Obviously, Manning would probably prefer to not have to throw over 600 passes again this season, but I think the Broncos are going to be one of the highest scoring offenses in the NFL and Manning will obviously play a major role in that.
And I think he can shock the world again.