Peyton Manning stays focused despite record pace
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning sets sights on Dallas Cowboys
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is refusing to get carried away with his stunning start to the NFL season.
The veteran QB has guided his side to a 4-0 start to the campaign, with a 52-20 demolition of the Philadelphia Eagles the latest victory for a franchise destined for a run at the play-offs.
But, despite his own incredible individual numbers, Manning is keeping his mind on the task at-hand, choosing to focus on next week’s meeting with the Dallas Cowboys rather than reflect on 16 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.
“The recaps don’t mean a whole lot. It was a good win because it was this game and we’ll learn from it and we have a tough test next week," said the former Indianapolis Colt, according to the official Broncos website.
Manning has a plethora of options at his disposal, with Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Julius Thomas and Wes Welker all offering the 37-year-old a reliable target.
And, the later is in no doubt about Manning’s importance to the team, with Welker hailing his teammate as an ‘exceptional’ player.
"I mean, 11 incompletions in two games – that kind of says it. He’s an exceptional player and prepares like nobody and else and he’s kind of the catalyst of getting everything going," said the former New England Patriot.
Whilst the records will be of little interest to Manning, the 12-time Pro Bowl selection became the first person to throw 16 TDs in the opening month of the season after Sunday’s victory.
His current passer rating, at 138.0, would be another record if he were to maintain it for the coming 12 games, although there is still a long way to go in that regard.
He’s also on course for a 13th season with over 4,000 passing yards, and 14th season with at least 25 touchdowns – both would stretch the former number one draft pick's records further.