He’s been good every month. But Peyton Manning was great in December.
In a warm-up for bigger awards to come, Manning was named AFC offensive player of the month.
His stats for the month are mind-boggling, completing 145-of-214 passes (67.8 percent) for 1,755 yards with 19 touchdowns and three interceptions, for a passer rating of 116.5. Amazingly, that included a loss, though the Broncos still clinched the top seed in the AFC playoffs.
He also set the league’s all-time records for passing yards and touchdowns in a season.
It’s the eighth time he’s won a player of the month award, the most of any player. Four of them have come since joining the Broncos. The guys tied for second with six of them you may have heard of — Tom Brady, Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers, Barry Sanders, Bruce Smith and Steve Young.