Broncos’ Peyton Manning AFC Offensive Player of the Month
Denver Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for September. This is the seventh time Manning has won this award, setting a new NFL record. There are six players in NFL history who have earned Player of the Month awards six times. They are Barry Sanders, Bruce Smith, Tom Brady, Brett Favre, Aaron Rogers and Steve Young. This is Manning’s third AFC Offensive Player of the Month as a Bronco, which ranks second in team history behind running back Terrell Davis, who won it four times.
Peyton Manning made NFL history in each of Denver’s four wins in September. In the season opener, Manning’s seven touchdown passes in the Broncos’ 49-27 win over the Ravens tied an NFL record. In the Broncos’ 41-23 win over the Giants in week two, Manning joined Dan Marino and Brett Farve as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for 60,000 yards. In week three, Manning’s 86.5 percent passing completion (374 yards and 3 touchdowns) set a franchise record in Denver’s 37-21 win over Oakland. In the Broncos’ 52-20 win over the Eagles in week four, Manning threw his 16th touchdown pass, which is the most in NFL history through four games. With these 16 touchdowns, he has thrown no interceptions. Manning is only the second quarterback in NFL history to do so. The other is Milt Plum of the 1960 Cleveland Browns. Manning also set an NFL record with his 24th game of at least four touchdown passes earning him a season-high 146 quarterback rating. Denver’s 15th straight regular-season win and 52 points set franchise records.
Peyton Manning leads the NFL in just about every passing category so far this year. He completed 75 percent of his passes in September passing for 1,470 yards. Manning has set an NFL records with his 90 or above quarterback rating in 16 consecutive regular season games and with his overall quarterback rating of 138 for the first four games of the season. Manning has attempted 201 consecutive regular season passes without an interception, which is second in Broncos history only to Jake Plummer’s 229 consecutive attempts without an interception. Denver’s 179 points in the first month of the season is just four points shy of the NFL record.
For the first time in Broncos history, two players have been awarded AFC Player of the Month in the same month. Also for September, Trindon Holliday was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month. Holliday had a 46.3 kick return average with a 105-yard kick return in week four.
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