Peyton Manning’s Historic Pace Puts Him on Track for Finest Season of Career

December 4, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Thirty-seven-year-olds aren't supposed to be able to do this. Not ones whose careers were in jeopardy less than two years ago. Not ones with "noodle arms." Not even if you're arguably the best quarterback in the history of football. Not even if you play in today's NFL, where the league's annual rules committee summit might as well hang a sign that says "Please Pass" on the door.
Peyton Manning should not be allowed to be this brilliant. And yet there he is, throwing five touchdowns against arguably the best pass defense in football, giving him an NFL-high 41 scores on the season and putting him on pace to shatter almost every single-season passing record.
Pace stats are inherently wonky—yes, even at this point in the season—but it's hard to look at Manning's and not marvel. He of the microwavable Ramen Noodle extremity would finish with exactly 5,500 yards and 55 touchdowns if he kept his current pace, an utterly freaky bit of symmetry when you thin...

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