On Sunday, in Denver's match up against Arizona, Peyton Manning became only the second player in NFL history with 500 touchdown passes.
Not a bad feat. But Peyton is set to reach another milestone. Perhaps not this weekend, but against the Jets secondary don't rule out Manning throwing six touchdown passes to break Brett Favre's record of 508 passing touchdowns.
Realistically, even against the Jets, he wont break the record but we can expect it to be broken the following week against the 49ers or in week eight when the Chargers visit Denver.
Favre happy for Manning
With Brett Favre being a very proud man, many were wondering how he would take Manning breaking his impressive record, but Favre has insisted he's happy for Manning:
“I’m glad it’s Peyton that’s doing it,” Favre said. “I think a lot of Peyton. I know him well. I know his family well. His dad was one of my idols.”
Manning's father, who played mostly for the Saints through the 1970's and into the 80's, was one of the best QB's in the league in his hay day, but only threw for 125 touchdowns in his career, due to the league having more focus on the run game than it does now and Favre went on to say that he had no negative feelings about his record being broken:
"I'm not surprised, as well as he's been playing for so many years," Favre said. "I think as far as wanting to hold on to the record, I mean, I have no feelings of, 'Oh, my gosh. I wish I could hold on to that.' None whatsoever."
Record no one will break
What Favre is most proud of is his longevity in the league. He has the record - by some distance - of the most consecutive games started in the NFL with 297:
“I’m proud that I threw for 508 touchdowns, but I’m most proud of my consecutive games streak,” Favre said. “None of those other records are possible unless you play a long time. And I know Peyton missed a year. Aside from that year, he’s played just like I did. I mean, he’s been out there over and over and over again. And that’s the only way you amass the numbers that he has.”
For the moment, that record is safe with Eli Manning the closest to him on 156 consecutive starts and he would have to start 16 games for the next eight seasons to have a shot at breaking it.
Manning rules out throwing to target
The Broncos take on the Jets this weekend and a lot of receivers will be planning on boosting their stats against a poor Jets pass defense.
However one unnamed receiver wont be on the receiving end of any Manning passes after making a joke about Manning's age:
“Somebody asked me if for my first [touchdown pass], ‘did we wear leather helmets?’ So, that was a nice free cheap shot there. I wouldn’t start that guy on your fantasy team next week. He’s not going to get a lot of balls next week. I’ll leave him nameless.”
All in good humour I know, but if we see one of the Bronco's receivers with little targets, we'll know why.