I did say last week that I already had a good idea what my moment of the week for this week would be, and so it turned out…
In the game against San Francisco on Sunday night he threw 4 touchdown passes, but it was the third which was THE moment. It was his 509th TD pass, breaking Brett Favre’s record of 508.
No quarterback has ever thrown more TDs. I’ve said before that many of the stats in the sport are meaningless, and can be ignored almost as soon as they’re shown. Not this one though, and the hype has been building all week.
The question was whether the Denver Broncos would be planning their game around it. Although they denied it, they were, because any team with Peyton Manning at QB will plan every game around him throwing nearly 3 TDs each game.
That’s because the offences are built around him, and since you plan each game with the aim of winning it, of course they were planning for him to throw the 3 he needed to break the record. As it happens, he threw 4 before the game was out.
The fact that it was the big live Sunday night game didn’t harm things either!
The debate will rage as to whether he’s the best ever, but there is no doubt he is at that top level in anyone’s book.
After a stellar career at Indianapolis, they basically dumped him when he had to have 4 neck surgeries and missed a whole season. To the surprise of many he signed with Denver, and has basically carried on where he left before!
It is impressive to watch him play. I think it can be a bit, dare I say it, boring, but it’s impressive.
After the game, Manning thanked all the coaches and players that have helped him to the record, with his usual impeccable politeness. Thank them he should too, because even the record breaking TD needed a catch of fine athleticism from Thomas, catching the ball on the edge of the endzone and making sure his toes dragged the ground to make the score count.
It might be churlish to say that Peyton needs a second Superbowl ring to totally cement his place at the top table, but this landmark record is set to stay for a long time, and who’s to argue with it! It’s a career highlight, so certainly worthy of a moment of the week!
OK, that’s it for this week – let me know what you think!
‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,
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