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Peyton tops Unitas, but he’d prefer not to

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Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas had a three-game stretch during Weeks 8-10 of the 1960 season in which he completed 54 of 103 passes for 979 yards, with seven touchdowns. But he also threw 10 interceptions over the course of those three games, and the defending champion Colts started a late-season skid, falling from first place to fourth place.

Fifty years later, Peyton Manning has done Unitas one better. Or one worse.

As I wrote in today’s Wall Street Journal, Manning’s passer rating of 77.7 in the last three games has topped Unitas’s rating of 68.4 in those three games in 1960, and is now the highest rating ever for a three-game stretch in which a quarterback throws at least 10 interceptions.

Basically, Manning has alternated from great (completing 105 of 148 passes for 1,046 yards and eight touchdowns) to terrible (11 interceptions) over the last three games. And the terrible side has won out, with the Colts falling from 6-3 to 6-6.

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28 Responses to “Peyton tops Unitas, but he’d prefer not to”
  1. kevo126 says: Dec 7, 2010 3:53 PM

    Unitas never played in indy!!!!!

    ravens did the right thing when they took a team…left the history of the old team in the past city. indy is trash.

  2. barneyrumble says: Dec 7, 2010 3:57 PM

    *Sigh* The numbers don’t lie. 18 has been both great and terrible over this losing streak. The terrible part always comes out when the game is in balance, or there would be no losing streak. Next four games, let’s hope the great part comes out when the game hangs in the grasp, and that we get some help and make the playoffs. But if things keep going as they are…….at least for now I can say Go Bears during playoff time.

  3. hobartbaker says: Dec 7, 2010 3:59 PM

    A Pittsburgh steel mill has offered Potatohead Johnny’s old job on the graveyard shift.

  4. barneyrumble says: Dec 7, 2010 3:59 PM

    Get over it Kev Bob “thief in the night” is dead and you guys have a Super Bowl champ in the Ravens. Time to move on don’t you think?

  5. JSpicoli says: Dec 7, 2010 4:04 PM

    Thanks for the schtats update. I find it fascinating to play with my pocket protector while reading your site.

    What I’m really curious about is who has the highest rating ever for a three-game stretch in which a quarterback throws at least 10 interceptions, eats oatmeal for breakfast, wears boxers and has a dog smaller than 35 lbs?

  6. kevo126 says: Dec 7, 2010 4:13 PM

    “Get over it Kev Bob “thief in the night” is dead and you guys have a Super Bowl champ in the Ravens. Time to move on don’t you think?”

    @barneyrumble couldnt agree more. indy needs to get over the fact that unitas and the rest of the baltimore colts never played in indy.

  7. edgarpoe2 says: Dec 7, 2010 4:21 PM

    The Indianapolis Colts are not the same as the Baltimore Colts. They may have the same uniforms and nicknames, but that is all. Johnny Unitas died with his loyalties to Baltimore. And many of the former Baltimore Colts want nothing to do with Indianapolis (or the Mayflower Moving Company for that matter).

    He was never an Indianapolis Colt, and comparing his stats with Manning’s as if they are teammates is disingenuous in so many ways.

    So, nothing against Manning. He’s a great QB. But Johnny U’s records and the history of other great Colts belong in Baltimore to stay.

  8. greentwpnews says: Dec 7, 2010 4:28 PM

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black…..

    ravens did the right thing when they took a team…left the history of the old team in the past city. indy is trash.

    The Ravens took a team from a city that had sold out the stadium every game for a 10 yrs period of time. A greedy owner that couldn’t run the team financially abducted the team on a runway at the airport. You didn’t leave the name and history…the NFL did after the same fans that sold the place out for 10 years blew up the NFL’s fax machines in protest.

    You took a team that didn’t belong to you, had a superbowl handed to you the next year and we’ve been watching crappy football eversince. You should all be ashamed of yourselves and especially you for admitting that you took the team. Have a crappy holiday!

  9. southbeachtalent says: Dec 7, 2010 4:37 PM

    Manning is one of the best to ever put on an nfl jersey, we are lucky to witness his greatness. Enough said..

    BTW I’m a Fin fan, yea blow my brains out..

  10. kevo126 says: Dec 7, 2010 5:04 PM

    “You took a team that didn’t belong to you, had a superbowl handed to you the next year and we’ve been watching crappy football eversince. You should all be ashamed of yourselves and especially you for admitting that you took the team. Have a crappy holiday!”

    that is the worst comment i have ever seen. how did they have a superbowl given to them???? and it wasnt the next year!!!!!!

    “we’ve been watching crappy football eversince.”
    hahah ok.

    “You should all be ashamed of yourselves and especially you for admitting that you took the team.” what do you want us to do, refuse the fact that the ravens used to be the browns?????hahahahah wow

  11. mean13 says: Dec 7, 2010 5:35 PM

    Peyton is washed up.

  12. andyreidsappetite says: Dec 7, 2010 5:45 PM

    Too bad Peyton has a crummy head of hair unlike that sweet, smooth mop Johnny U had.

  13. childressrulz says: Dec 7, 2010 5:50 PM

    Did anyone catch his press conference? Starting to sound like Favre a bit with “no matter what I am gonna keep throwing.” He is in Favre’s boat now. Up and down for the next five or so years and then done for good. He needs to hope the Colts reload fast and the hope for some luck in a few years. After all he only has one ring and therefore must suck (sarcasm in the last part).

  14. golonger says: Dec 7, 2010 5:53 PM

    Manning is showing that he needs an above-average team to help him get to the playoffs……..and lose of course as usual. Now that he has a below-average team….he does nothing. Shows his true “greatness”……..

  15. geemoney713 says: Dec 7, 2010 6:24 PM

    Baltimore pushed the Colts out of town. If anything it should be the Colts wanting to cut their ties with Baltimore’s Colt franchise. If I owned an NFL team and a city threatened to use eminent domain to STEAL my team from me, then I’d surely move in the middle of the night too. Bmore had no one to blame but themselves.

  16. iselldrugstoandyreidskids says: Dec 7, 2010 7:01 PM

    It’s funny seeing all these ppl talk about the colts leaving town who prolly weren’t born or lived nowhere near Baltimore watch the 30 for 30 piece about it before u starting claiming u know what happened and as for the browns ok the stadium was sold out big whoop it was the trashiest stadium around and modell had been asking for a new one for years after he saw a terrible baseball and basketball teams get new venues he told the city I’m gonna take my team somewhere else if u guys don’t build me a new stadium Cleveland said no u won’t and art called their bluff he didn’t wanna move the team at all and somebody said that Baltimore pushed the colts outta town read a book or something to the idiot who posted that comment

  17. commandercornpone says: Dec 7, 2010 7:25 PM

    i agree, peyton is done.

    send him to detroit.

  18. raiderapologist says: Dec 7, 2010 7:26 PM

    For some reason I really enjoy watching Manning walk off the field shaking his after tossing yet another pick.

  19. ppdoc13 says: Dec 7, 2010 7:58 PM

    peyton is the greatest regular season QB to play the game. the fact that he plays for the Indy Colts is the only reason I won’t cheer for him. Without him the NFL would still be the NFL

    Johnny Unitas was one of the few players that transcended the game. He and the BALTIMORE Colts of the late 50’s along with the NY Giants brought the NFL to the attention of the nation. Everyone knew who Johnny U was. If you saw a picture of a sloop shouldered football player with hightop spats, you knew who you were looking at.

    Peyton Manning is a great QB. I give him his due. But he has never shown in the playoffs what made him great in the regular season. No one wanted to play Johnny U in the playoffs.

    Until Peyton can translate his regular season success into the playoffs the two don’t belong in the same sentence. And in his one SB, the INDY Colts won despite Peyton, not because of him.

  20. mnmaverick says: Dec 7, 2010 8:35 PM

    Having a different O-Coordinator for the first time in his career is playing a part in it.

  21. golonger says: Dec 7, 2010 8:46 PM

    Manning is and always has been over-rated……which is being shown when he has to bring up an average team…….he can’t do it

  22. golonger says: Dec 7, 2010 8:48 PM

    geemoney713 = absolute moron!

  23. edgarpoe2 says: Dec 7, 2010 10:07 PM

    iselldrugstoandyreidskids says:
    Dec 7, 2010 7:01 PM
    It’s funny seeing all these ppl talk about the colts leaving town who prolly weren’t born or lived nowhere near Baltimore watch the 30 for 30 piece about it before u starting claiming u know what happened and as for the browns ok the stadium was sold out big whoop it was the trashiest stadium around and modell had been asking for a new one for years after he saw a terrible baseball and basketball teams get new venues he told the city I’m gonna take my team somewhere else if u guys don’t build me a new stadium Cleveland said no u won’t and art called their bluff he didn’t wanna move the team at all and somebody said that Baltimore pushed the colts outta town read a book or something to the idiot who posted that comment
    ———————————————-
    I remember everything as if it were yesterday. Robert Irsay was a jerk and took the team away in the middle of the night like the thief he was. I also remember how Tagleeboo tried to keep the NFL out of Baltimore.

    Also, one big difference Cleveland fans. Cleveland got to keep the Browns and their history after Modell moved his team to Baltimore (which was the right thing to do under the circumstances). Not only did Baltimore have to fight and claw for a new NFL team, while being ignored at every attempt (most notably because of pressure from Redskins owner Jack Cook), but Indianapolis stole the Colts history and now calls it it’s own. The old Colts players spit on Indianapolis and the Irsays.

  24. greentwpnews says: Dec 8, 2010 7:03 AM

    Nice revisionist history there I sell drugs…..You might want to do a little reading yourself. No one will argue that the stadium in Cleveland was old but did anyone tell you that Modell was the person that wouldn’t put any money into it?? As far as the Colts leaving I think you will find that the Colt fans weren’t backing the team. Art never had that problem…his problem was he sucked at running a football team. You guys didn’t take our team you stole it……
    The Ravens fans had a superbowl given to them on a silver platter tarnished by the fact that it was from a team they stole on a airport tarmac.

  25. gtrav says: Dec 8, 2010 9:26 AM

    Look, I hate Manning, but I have to respect him for his ability. He’ll go down as one of the all-time greats. But all this talk about Manning’s “decline,” cmon guys. I wish, but it’s just not so. The Colts’ offense has been decimated by injuries this year, forcing Manning to establish chemistry with no-name players on the fly against some pretty good teams. He’s had 3 really bad games. That doesn’t mean he’s becoming a Favre. If he doesn’t come back to his true form this season, I know he’ll be back next season. And being a Pats fan, I would rather not see that – but Manning is far from being done.

  26. edgarpoe2 says: Dec 8, 2010 10:08 AM

    I feel your pain greent, but…
    I was there and lived it. Robert Irsay did every thing he could do to alienate the fans and sheepishly took the team out of town in the middle of the night. Let there be no mistake. Irsay stole the Colts franchise and took it to Indy. Check this out for better clarification: http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/sports/year_in_sports/03.29.html
    Then the NFL refused Baltimore re-entry during expansion, even though Baltimore had a better backing than either Jacksonville or Charlotte. Look at how those two franchises are struggling today.
    During this time the Tagliabue made the infamous quote that Baltimore should build museums (instead of an NFL team).
    In contrast, Art Modell told Cleveland he would leave town if improvements weren’t made. He gave them warning and they thought he was bluffing. I won’t argue what he did was right, but from Baltimore’s perspective, they had two choices, accept Modell’s team or maybe never getting an NFL team again.
    Then there is this difference: When Cleveland lost the Browns Tagliabue immediately jumped in and allowed them to keep their history, etc. with a news franchise. Baltimore was never given such. So which franchise was really stolen and which one was really borrowed for a few years?

  27. golonger says: Dec 8, 2010 10:30 AM

    greentwpnews……you are an absolute moron.

    First of all……the team that went to Baltimore was a total piece of garbage in such cap hell, they couldn’t even afford a practice squad. The team that won the SB was built from the ground up based in part by the 1st year draft picks….Ray Lewis, Ogden etc. The team that won the SB had about 3-4 players remaining from the team that moved. Baltimore wasn’t given a team, they built one. But you are too ignorant about the facts to look at the true facts. GO LOOK AT THE ROSTERS.

    and if you want to blame anyone for the team moving, you should blame the idiots in the NFL front office. They were so stupid that they thought they could blackmail cities into putting out these great bids, then when they didn’t get a team, these bids would disappear. Unbelievable stupidity. If the NFL had expanded by 4 like they should have, the Browns wouldn’t have moved.

    If Balt wanted to steal a team, they could of had the Saints in ’86. The Saints had their bags packed and ready to leave but Baltimore said, “No, we don’t want to steal a team, we’ll wait for expansion” What happened? Balt put together the best bid out there and got no team, they got screwed. At that point, if there are any takers, go for it. The Browns were the takers…end of story!

  28. golonger says: Dec 8, 2010 10:37 AM

    and the main reason the Browns were allowed to keep their ugly colors and history is becasue Balt had its own history….they didnt want anybody else’s history..nor did they want the lame Browns name or colors…..something the losers in Indy have no clue about…………….

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