Peyton Manning’s touchdown passes have sharply declined

AP

Peyton Manning is the NFL’s all-time record holder in passing touchdowns, with 530. He’s the all-time record holder for most passing touchdowns in a season, with 55. And he owns a share of the all-tie record for most passing touchdowns in a game, with seven.

And now Manning is having a hell of a time getting to the end zone.

On Sunday, Manning failed to throw a touchdown pass, continuing a trend that began late last season. Sunday’s game was the third time in Manning’s last five regular-season games that he failed to throw a touchdown pass. Prior to that, he had thrown at least one touchdown pass in 51 consecutive regular-season games.

Manning averaged 3.4 touchdown passes a game during his record-breaking 2013 season. In 2014 he got off to a strong start, but his production declined as the season wore on, and in the last five games of the season (counting the playoff loss to the Colts), Manning threw a total of just four touchdown passes.

Now Manning has started the 2015 season looking like a man who (as Florio put it on the radio) has an expiration date that reads “best when used by December 2014.” Manning has always been one of the NFL’s smartest players, and with Denver’s good defense it’s possible that Manning can serve as an effective game manager and help get the Broncos back to the playoffs. But at the age of 39, it’s clear that Manning isn’t the same player he once was. His days of breaking touchdown records are over.

86 responses to “Peyton Manning’s touchdown passes have sharply declined

  1. Its been clear later in the season the last couple years.

    Every time he gets hit his neck suffers and the cumulative effect is that the later in the season it is the stiffer it gets and the worse he throws.

  2. Peyton is done. Now that he is on a team that refuses to pump his stats he will whine, moan, stomp his feet. Peyton has always cared more about individual stats than winning.

    he’s done and our days of having to listen to Dr. Histrionics yell ‘omaha’ and then choke the chicken in the playoffs are almost done…

  3. According to Roger Goodell and patriot haters everywhere, if Manning could find some way to take .2 psi out of a ball he would suddenly be awesome again

  4. Big Bro Manning is done. Let the Brock Osweiler Era begin in Denver — or bring Timmy Tebow back (not happening on John Elway’s watch, unfortunately).

  5. This has gotten to Willie Mays with the Mets territory. He should have gracefully bowed out when his Indy replacement came to Denver last year and handed him that resounding defeat. People were even going to give him the out with the phantom calf injury. I’m afraid this might end like Favre’s last year when he came back 1 year too many.

  6. What do you expect? The man is 39 years-old and had had his neck vertebrae fused like Frankenstein.

    He can’t bend his knees or rotate his enormous head anymore, and no longer plays football in a temperature and humidity controlled terrarium surrounded by HOF receivers for a GM who would get out ahead of him like a whining, rule-changing, NFL Coast Guard icebreaker.

  7. He’s highly likely to spool back up soon, I wouldn’t spend a lot of money betting against him,

    major overreaction to a couple of slow games

  8. Hater Central.

    Much respect for Peyton. Sure, he’s on the decline, but his value on most NFL teams is high and he can still produce. Once game and this crap get’s written. How about 1/2 a season goes by and you start crucifying him..

  9. Is it just me, but it seemed like the great majority of his misses the other day were overthrows.

    Isn’t that an accuracy problem, more than an arm strength problem?

  10. Anyone that thinks manning is capable of playing at the same level he did up to a couple of years ago is delusional.

    I’m a pats fan that loved getting into the brady/manning debate like a lot of the rest of us for years but I have always had and still have tremendous respect for manning.

    Neither is the “best” anymore,and, although brady is still playing at a top 5 level, he his clearly heading down the slope too and the pats are going to have to ask themselves the same question the broncos now have to ask in the not too distant future.

    The question is not if manning is one of the best QB’s in the game anymore (he isn’t) but if he is the best option at QB that the broncos have and can they win with him given the other weapons they have on both sides of the ball? That question wasn’t and can’t be answered yes or no after 1 game.

    I disagree with Florio a lot but his comment that “father time is undefeated” is just plane fact.

  11. Watching the game Sunday, Peyton reminded me of Bernie Kosar in his later years. Neither can accurately throw the ball more than 10-20 yards downfield. Defenses can key in on those short passes.

    Never been a big Peyton fan, but, this is starting to look like Willie Mays in the World Series as someone else alluded to. Sad.

  12. Could be nearing the end of the line or could have had a bad run. Some throws were overthrown and others off target. New coaches, new offense, new surrounding players all contribute. He’d have lasted longer playing in a dome than Mile High.

  13. 3-2-1………Daddy Manning will hit the interview circuit making excuses for his little darlin Big Stats/One Ring.
    Never has a QB been given so many #1 draft picks on offense and accomplished so little.
    PM=Empty Suit

  14. who cares >>> Peyton manning now has a great defense and running game to carry him… its a team game and as a seahawks fan would love to see him win a ring and go to sunset… even when we destroyed broncos i was feeling sad for him.. dude is class and greatness personified period

  15. xpensivewinos says:
    Sep 15, 2015 12:49 PM

    Is it just me, but it seemed like the great majority of his misses the other day were overthrows.

    Isn’t that an accuracy problem, more than an arm strength problem?
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    When you lose arm strength you try to compensate by throwing harder to get the ball where it needs to go, which kills your accuracy.

  16. Sad to see, happens to all of us eventually. That’s why George Blanda still holds a high place in my book. Younguns need to read up on his amazing career. I wouldn’t mind if in the future the QB is de-valued and we return to the system we had in the 60’s & 70s where starting QBs regularly were seated when they weren’t having a good day. More QB’s would get playing time and the drop off from #1 to #2 wouldn’t be as dramatic. Word on the street is the colleges aren’t producing Bradys or Mannings anymore. Emphasis is on athleticism and “game manager” has become a denigration. These run around types like Vick, Griffin etc can’t survive in the NFL since the LBs they face are all better than anything they saw in college.

    You were hated in NE because you were that good Peyton, take it as a compliment.

  17. father time gets us all eventually. I’ve done my share of bashing the guy (all in good fun) but always looked forward to “Brady v Manning” match ups and I think most football fans did as we’ll. Not sure we’ll see a QB rivalry like that again for a while.

  18. DeflateGate 2.0. In this one, instead of the air being let out of the balls, the air is being let out of Manning’s arm. You could almost say it’s BUSTed!

  19. .
    um every TD he makes is a record breaker.
    per your own words “Peyton Manning is the NFL’s all-time record holder in passing touchdowns, with 530. ” so your summation of “His days of breaking touchdown records are over.” is invalid.

    Now let us talk about that horrible OL he is behind…

  20. Then he throws 4 touchdowns Thursday night and everyone talks about it being blown out of proportion.

  21. Given how absolutely lights out Peyton was just 2 seasons ago at age 37- it begs the question- how long until age catches up with Tom and he falls off quickly?

  22. Not sure what game was being watched by some, but the DEF in this game was incredible. Other than a couple errant throws that led to pick sixes, there may have not been even one TD in this game. Both QB’s were under attack the entire game. Both running games were held in check for the most part. He may be getting old, but I would never in this lifetime bet against him.

  23. I find it absurd to make proclamations on Peyton’s abilities based on a 5 game sample, given you have about 250 games prior to that to go on.

    He is getting older but we need more games to make any conclusions.

  24. John Elway took a gamble on a proven loser and …lost. Try to think about all the memorable games Peyton has had when all the chips were on the line. Literally the only one I can remember is when the Colts came back against the Pats in the 06 playoffs. Even the SB he won he played mediocre and the Colts almost had as many rushing as passing yards. Other than that all I picture is him losing going back to his college days. The past SB embarrassment when he lost his composure and made the whole team panic should be his legacy.

  25. Wait, did he not give the reason for his decline was an illness before the San Diego game last year and then he never got quite right? Seems like quite a long illness there, Peyton, might want to see your doctor about that.

  26. As a Pats fan I have enjoyed the Brady vs. Manning face offs over the years.

    And I am fairly confident that half the teams in the league would trade in their current QB for Manning in ‘Game Manager’ mode with his diminished arm but high football IQ.

  27. It is always sad to see a legend decline. He has one heck of a football IQ but I’m not sure that is enough to get it done this year. For Broncos fan’s sake, I hope they have a good succession plan worked out at Mile High.

  28. Is it just me, but it seemed like the great majority of his misses the other day were overthrows.

    Isn’t that an accuracy problem, more than an arm strength problem?
    ===
    He can’t feel his fingers.

  29. A lot of over-reaction here! Yes, Peyton does not look as sharp as he did a few years ago, but he’s not as bad as everyone is saying. That Baltimore defense was fierce. He’ll start rattling off a few TD’s and everyone will relax.

  30. Oh no….i always hoped Peyton would continue to put up mind boggling stats only to lose in the playoffs for many more years to come.

    Now he will talk on an NFL talk show. How much worse can it get. I’d rather drive nails through my kneecaps than listen to Peyton Manning.

  31. So if Peyton is done what does that mean for Flacco who threw for 117 yards and 2 Int’s in the same game? I also think that the next greatest thing Andrew Luck looked awful against Buffalo. If you want to say they played against good defenses then so did Denver. Peyton also made some throws on an 11 minute drive that put them up by 6 in the 4th quarter. I will admit that I am a huge PM fan and it does suck that he is showing his age but everyone knows that Denver will be around in the end (cue up all the PM chokes in the playoffs comments) but at least he is there every year and fans of his teams have something to cheer for unlike the other teams who dont make the playoffs. The guy has set the bar so high for crazy numbers that when he does not do it all the time people flip out. And with all of his first round talent he is surrounded with only DT is a first rounder on offense right now. P.S they also have 2 rookies on the O line

  32. He can’t bend his knees or rotate his enormous head anymore, and no longer plays football in a temperature and humidity controlled terrarium surrounded by HOF receivers for a GM who would get out ahead of him like a whining, rule-changing, NFL Coast Guard icebreaker.

    ————————————————–

    I’m pretty sure that all first round picks are bound to go to the hall of fame, right? As far as I am concern, the 32 owners of the NFL (owners of he teams) have to approve rule changes, so are you saying that megahead and Polian convinced the other 31 owners to change the rules just so he can win a SB?

  33. Manning threw 39 TDs last year which equals Brett Favre’s highest mark of his career, lol. Some sharpe decline.

    Manning threw more TDs last year than he did his 1st year in Denver.

    Just because he didn’t throw any to begin the season doesn’t mean anything. The Ravens usually have a top defense.

  34. @murf17 says: Sep 15, 2015 2:05 PM
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    As the post states, it wasn’t just last weekend.

  35. He was a DND on my fantasy teams, and I stand by that.

    But so much hate here, and worse… Patriots fans spewing hyperbole.

    Manning is a historically elite QB in the discussion of greatest ever to play the position. His natural decline due to age/injury is nothing to warrant the disrespect being spewed here.

    His alleged tea-bagging of his trainer… maybe. But that’s a different conversation.

  36. “As far as I am concern, the 32 owners of the NFL (owners of he teams) have to approve rule changes, so are you saying that megahead and Polian convinced the other 31 owners to change the rules just so he can win a SB?”

    I’m sure all the owners who supported that rule change had their own agendas which lead them to do so… but the Colts were clearly interested in enacting rule changes to counteract the Patriots’ greatest advantages over them.

    The 5 yard rule, the one which radically changed the way football will forever be played – the one that everyone blames Brady for… was ADVOCATED FOR BY THE COLTS.

  37. God I so hope Houston and hali finally stick a fork in him. That way his carrier tombstone reads died on the turf at arrowhead just like Shannon Sharpe.

  38. Probably best to retire after this season; he shouldn’t risk potential further injury to his neck and it doesn’t seem like he’ll put up big numbers for the foreseeable future.

  39. I’m a Patriots fan, and I’ve spent the better part of the last decade+ hating Peyton Manning (though I respect the heck out of him) because of that. Though I must admit, he is done and it’s really become depressing to see. I was at the New England/Denver game last season and saw with my own eyes that he’s just not the same anymore. Every pass he throws has an arch on it now… he’s lost his “fastball” and can’t really throw the ropes he was once known so well for. I know a lot of people are questioning when Brady will fall off, I think he’s got another good 2-3 years left in him. Yeah he can’t make all of the throws he once did, but the man can still sling a rope in there with the best of them when he has to. I’ve enjoyed many years of Brady V Manning, but it seems those days are over… and it’s sad to be honest. Never thought I’d see the day I miss Peyton Manning.

  40. “Manning threw 39 TDs last year which equals Brett Favre’s highest mark of his career, lol. Some sharpe decline.

    Manning threw more TDs last year than he did his 1st year in Denver.

    Just because he didn’t throw any to begin the season doesn’t mean anything. The Ravens usually have a top defense.”

    Did you watch the game? It wasn’t just a bad game against a good D; he’s having the same problems he had at the end of last year…. because of age.

    And the 39 touchdowns came predominantly in the first part of the season. Additionally, all passing numbers have been inflated due to the incredible amount of rule changes regarding the passing game and the way you can defend it.

  41. pedmeg says:
    Sep 15, 2015 1:32 PM
    As a Pats fan I have enjoyed the Brady vs. Manning face offs over the years.

    And I am fairly confident that half the teams in the league would trade in their current QB for Manning in ‘Game Manager’ mode with his diminished arm but high football IQ.

    ———————

    Too bad the Giants didn’t have Peyton instead of Eli. Peyton would not have told his RB to “not score” and the Giants would be 1-0 today.

  42. His days of breaking touchdown records are over.
    .———-

    Every td he throws he breaks a record….. his own.

  43. He’s already signed a new deal to stop selling pizza and start selling noodles. It’s a better fit for him.

  44. So far, until I see more games, I am thinking that this is a major over-reaction. Late last year Peyton was battling the pulled quad muscle and that was the reason for his touchdown troubles then. Previous to this, coaches have from time to time have attempted to insert a more balanced running game, and the end result with Peyton was that he wouldn’t get in rhythm in the passing game, and he would have trouble throwing touchdowns. And eventually they would give up on that idea and go back to the primary passing game with him. So right now I would tend to believe that it is more a product of not getting into rhythm than anything else. His passes aren’t going to look very pretty since the neck surgery, but they were more than adequate the first couple of seasons in Denver. I believe if he doesn’t get into a rhythm with his passing by week 4 then they will have to go back to him primarily passing at least until he gets going each game. But time will tell…

  45. Its hard to break TD records when you have already broken them…However, As a Manning Fantasy owner, I am quite worried, might have to roll with Old Man Rivers out in San Diego

  46. George Burns played God in his 90’s and Betty White rules in her 90’s, why can’t Peyton do the same in his elderly years

  47. xpensivewinos says:
    Sep 15, 2015 12:49 PM
    Is it just me, but it seemed like the great majority of his misses the other day were overthrows.

    Isn’t that an accuracy problem, more than an arm strength problem?
    ************************************************
    A lack of arm strength makes a QB throw it harder, hence the accuracy issues. It’s kinda like golf, when you go to kill the ball, it doesn’t go where you want it to go.

    As for those comparing Manning to Favre, there is no comparison at all.

    Favre would still have one of the strongest arms in the league today.

  48. It would be easy to say that it’s Kubiak’s new offense or it’s just a slump or he’s injured (last year) but fact of it is, he is 39 years old and nothing lasts forever. Peyton, thanks for a great 3 years with Denver but father time is now your opponent and he is undefeated.

    Avid Bronco Fan

  49. bpurd says:
    Sep 15, 2015 12:39 PM
    Is this poop on the GOAT week?
    ————————–
    No, I think you missed that. It happened all offseason and during last year’s Super Bowl.

    #TomBradyGOAT!

  50. Wrong offense…Wrong coach…No doubt he’s declining but in this offense he’s being exposed on the things he just sucks at. Lets Brady in the zone read and see how he does…

  51. Peyton will retire after the year.
    Jimmy will call and offer to make him Browns GM.
    Jimmy and the Mannings are close. Don’t be surprised if it happens, I won’t if it doesn’t. But I am a Browns fan and can dream. He couldn’t be worse than the Walrus that ran our team into the ground (again).

  52. You gotta love the early season sky is falling reactions based on a small sample size.

    I suppose Seattle will have the first pick in next years draft also right?

    Prediction-within the next few weeks, Peyton will have a couple of games where he lights it up and people will not be able to jump back onto his jock fast enough

  53. Peyton is one of the greatest of all time but his decline is self evident. On top of that, his O-line is still a work in progress. Good Defenses will carve him up. I genuinely hope that he doesn’t get seriously hurt.
    He should have hung up his cleats at the end of last season.

  54. To all the fools who took him early in FF this year.

    You had a 6 games stretch at the end of last season which clearly showed you all Peyton was done for.

    Sorry for your wasted pick, much like mine of Dez.

  55. I’ve been bred to hate this man. That said I respect the living day lights out of him, and only wish the best for him and his family when he rides that Bronco into the sunset. Until then….I’ll believe he’s done when he’s not producing come November and December. As a Pats fan I still have confidence that he can get it done, and he will do whatever he can to accomplish that. Good luck PeyPey.

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