Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! It's been suggested in some parts that Peyton Manning will someday set the all-time touchdown pass record too far out of reach for anyone to break.
Of course, that's been said about pretty much every record ever set, whether sports-related or not.
And if Sunday's games told us anything, it's that no quarterbacking record will ever be safe.
After Manning and Philip Rivers each threw for three touchdowns on Thursday night, six more QBs had at least that many on Sunday.
Ben Roethlisberger threw for six touchdowns (and 522 yards!) against Indy, who got three scoring passes from Andrew Luck.
Tom Brady, whom Denver will face next week, dumped five touchdowns on the Bears, who got a trio of scores from Jay Cutler. Of course, Cutler added his customary pair of turnovers, one of which was returned for a touchdown.
Kyle Orton had a rare day, completing just 10 of 17 passes in a blowout win over the Jets, with four of those completions going for touchdowns. Since 1960, Orton is just the 15th quarterback to throw for at least four touchdowns among 10 or fewer completions, in an interception-free day.
On a side note, three of those fifteen quarterbacks pulled off that feat for the Broncos (John Elway, Charley Johnson, Don Breaux), while Orton is one of three ex-Broncos to have done so in a different jersey (Steve Tensi, Bubby Brister).
Drew Brees also threw for three touchdowns, as New Orleans destroyed Green Bay on Sunday night.
Of course, this was just one day, and the thing about Peyton is he basically throws for three touchdowns every time he suits up for Denver (114 in 39 games, or 2.92 on average).
None of this is to suggest that any current NFLer is going to one day break Manning's eventual record. But we all know the rules favor offense, and teams are increasingly willing to chuck it more.
And as we become more familiar with the sport's long-term physical toll, who knows where those rules are headed.
Perhaps in a few years, games like yesterday's 51-34 shootout between Pittsburgh and Indy will be the norm.
Someday, someone will break Peyton's records. It may not be anytime soon, or even within our lifetimes, but it will happen.
Rookies Juwan Thompson and Corey Nelson are roommates, and spend lots of their downtime with Isaiah Burse, who lives nearby.
Duke coach David Cutcliffe says he's not at all surprised by Thompson's success with the Broncos.
Andrew Mason discusses the impact provided by each of Denver's offseason additions.
Jeff Legwold highlights the former undrafted rookies and practice squadders on Denver's roster.
Tragically, a 53-year-old man went missing while attending his first ever Broncos game on Thursday.
Tom Brady says that as he ages, he's able to step back and appreciate his showdowns with Peyton.
Denver has opened as a 3.5-point favorite this week.
Mike Foss is more impressed by Brady and Roethlisberger than by Manning, citing surrounding talent. Of course, Emmanuel Sanders was seen as a so-so player with Big Ben, so there's that.
Matt Bowen shows how the Patriots got Rob Gronkowski open so often in his decimation of the Bears.
Ron Borges says the Bears were so bad they shouldn't have bothered coming back out after halftime.
There were several exciting finishes on Sunday:
The battle of 5-1 teams Arizona and Philly came down to the final two minutes, when the game was tied at 17. Chip Kelly interestingly (but correctly) settled for a 20-yard go-ahead FG, but Carson Palmer responded with a 75-yard touchdown pass to John Brown. Nick Foles led Philly down to the Arizona 16 in the closing seconds, but Jordan Matthews was unable to get his feet down in the end zone on the final play, and Cards won 24-20.
Andy Dalton's late sneak lifted Cincy over Baltimore 27-24; an OPI call against Steve Smith moments
earlier later helped keep the Ravens from going ahead by 11 clinch the Bengals' season sweep of the Ravens.
Cam Newton led Carolina to a late go-ahead FG, but Russell Wilson responded by orchestrating the game's only touchdown drive in Seattle's 13-9 win.
Over in London, Detroit came back from a 21-0 halftime deficit to knock off Atlanta 22-21 on a last-play FG from Matt Prater. In a quirk of NFL rules that just feels wrong in instances like these, Prater was given a second chance from 48 yards after missing his first attempt from 43, because of a delay of game penalty against Detroit.
Mike Smith made several puzzling decisions along the way, not the least of which was running out the first-half clock with two timeouts in hand. And Matt Ryan certainly didn't help Atlanta's cause when he threw one of the worst interceptions you'll ever see, to former Bronco Cassius Vaughn.
The NFL reportedly plans to play five games in London next season.
According to Ian Rapoport, Jon Gruden would only return to the NFL as Oakland's head coach.
Chicago DE Lamarr Houston tore his ACL celebrating a fourth-quarter sack against Jimmy Garoppolo with his team getting blown out; St. Louis tackle Jake Long suffered a torn ACL for the second straight year; Rams wideout Brian Quick (shoulder) and Giants LB Jon Beason (toe) are also done for the year.
Mike Tanier, Robert Mays, Chris Burke/Doug Farrar, Bill Barnwell, Peter King (Christmas Ape), Michael David Smith, Tom Pelissero, Will Brinson, Don Banks, Frank Schwab, and John Clayton recap Sunday's action.
Gary Myers is the latest NYC writer to call for the ouster of Jets GM John Idzik.
Chase Stuart says Big Ben's performance was one of the best ever by a QB in NFL history.