If you watched the Monday night tilt against the Raiders, this should come as no surprise. Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week this morning. It is the second award of its type Manning has earned through only three games this season.
Manning connected 32 of his 37 passes, a personal and franchise record, for 374 yards and three touchdowns in the 37-21 win against the Raiders. It is the 25th time in Manning’s career he has been awarded a player of the week award, more than any player in NFL history.
How was Manning able to achieve near-perfection on Monday night?
“Just good play-calling,” Manning said after the game. “Trying to make good, smart, sound decisions. I think guys are doing a good job getting open on time. I think guys have a good clock in their head about when to come out of the break versus different coverages. Protection has been good, so it gives you a chance to see the field and try to throw accurate footballs.”
To say at this point in the season that Manning is the clear MVP might be a bit premature, but his current stats show that the NFL’s top individual award is his to lose. Manning is the first quarterback in NFL history to throw 12 touchdowns through three games. He also leads the league in completions, completion percentage, passing yards and passer rating.
Manning and the Broncos will host the 1-2 Philadelphia Eagles for a late afternoon game this Sunday. Can Manning earn his third Player of the Week Award in Week 4?