Peyton Manning Ties Touchdown Record
by Allen Kim
Sep 18, 2013 11:21 PM EDT
Peyton Manning was in vintage form in the Denver Broncos’ opening night game against the Baltimore Ravens. He threw for a career-high seven touchdowns while matching the league record. Manning dismantled the Ravens defense, and the Broncos handily won the game 49-27.
The last time a quarterback threw for seven touchdowns was over 40 years ago in 1969, and he became the sixth member of a very exclusive club. Don’t be surprised if Manning does this again at some point later in the season. With the way the Broncos offense is shaping up, Manning is going to be throwing the ball a lot this year.
"We had great protection," Manning said. "It was a fun night to play quarterback. ... Once we got into a rhythm, we got into a flow."
Three different receivers caught two touchdowns last night: Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas. With the embarrassment of riches in the passing game, it would be shocking if he ever threw for less than three touchdowns in any game.
Manning surely had revenge on his mind after losing to the Baltimore Ravens in double overtime during the playoffs last season. While Manning watched from home, the Ravens went on to win the Super Bowl. Now it appears that the Broncos stand a far better chance of flipping the tables on the Ravens once the playoffs roll around.