Was 2009 Peyton Manning's Greatest Season?

So Peyton now has an NFL Record 4 MVPs.

Peyton Manning is the Most Prolific Passer in NFL History. Yet as fans you guys already knew that. Peyton has been on a tear for over 7 years now, the likes of which has never been seen in the History of the NFL and Professional Sports for that matter. He has led the Colts to 12 wins or more in 7 consecutive seasons and the Colts have a record of 89-23 (79.5%) over that span, best in the NFL. Over the last 7 years Peyton's stats look like this:

2483/3714 (66.9%) 29,510 yards 228 TDs 81 ints. 102.3 Passer Rating

Let's put this into perspective. Manning over the past 7 years has had more passing yards than Kurt Warner, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees had in their entire careers prior to 2009. His completion  percentage is the best in the NFL over that span and his 228 TDs are more than Brady has in his entire career.

Manning has been the best player in the NFL every year over the past 7 seasons with the exception of 2007. He won his first MVP in 2003 by leading the NFL in Passing Yards and Completion Percentage while leading the Colts to an AFC South title. He then proceeded to tear it up in the playoffs by throwing for 681 yards and 8 TDs while completing over 78% of his passes, as the Colts offense never once had to punt in his first two playoffs wins.

 In 2004 he again won MVP, as Manning broke Dan Marino's 20 year old NFL Record by throwing for 49 TDs and finishing with an NFL Record 121.1 QB Rating to spear head the NFL's Top Ranked Passing attack and helped the Colts lead the NFL in scoring offense at 32.3 Points Per game. He also set a Franchise Record with 4557 passing yards and then proceeded to crush the Denver Broncos again in the playoffs by throwing for a Playoff Record 360 yards in the First Half amd finished with 458 yards and 4 TDs in the Colts 49-24 win.

In 2005, Manning started off slow by throwing only 2 TD passes as the Colts rolled to a 3-0 record out of the gate behind a much improved defense. However, Manning returned to his old form by throwing for 2689 yards and 25 TDs over the next 10 games, propelling the Colts to a 13-0 record and Home Field Advantage Throughout the Playoffs. He led the NFL in Passer Rating for the 2nd consecutive year with a mark of 104.1.

In 2006, Manning overcame one of the worst run defenses in NFL History to lead the Colts to a 9-0 record to start the season. He threw for 2527 yards and 18 TDs against just 3 ints during that span. After a slump in the 2nd Half of the season characterized by the Defense's poor play, Manning led the Colts to a 27-22 victory over the Dolphins to finish the season at 12-4 despite the fact that the Colts defense surrendered 173 yards rushing per game during the season. He finished the year with 4397 yards and 31 TDs against a career low 9 interceptions. He led the NFL in Passer Rating for a 3rd Straight season with a mark of 101.0. The Colts defense made a complete turn around in the Playoffs as they helped the Colts win 2 Playoff Games against the Ravens and Chiefs despite sub par games from Manning. Manning then came alive in the 2nd Half aginst the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game by leading a record 18 point comeback to win 38-34. He then led the Colts to a 29-17 victory over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI, winning the Game's MVP Award in the process, by routinely leading long scoring drives that featured a balanced offensive attack and eventually wore down the great Bears' Defense.  

In 2007, Manning overcame a ton of injuries to his offensive line, receiving corps, and defense to lead the Colts to a 13-3 record, including a 7-0 mark to start the season, and secured a first round bye in the Playoffs. He managed to throw for over 4000 yards and over 30 TDs for the 2nd consecutive season. 

In 2008, Manning overcame off-season surgery on his knee to lead the Colts to nine straight wins to help the team into the Playoffs after a 3-4 start. Manning completed 209/290 passes (72.1%) for 2248 yards and 17 TDs against just 3 ints. during the nine game winning streak. The Colts finished with a 12-4 record despite having a defense that ranked 24th against the run and a running game that was next to last in the NFL. Manning won the MVP award for his preformance as he finished the year with 4002 yards and 27 TDs.


In 2009 Manning won his record 4th MVP award. He finished the year by setting franchise records for completions (393) and completion percentage (68.8%) while throwing for 4500 yards and 33 TDs, the 2nd highest totals of his career. He also set franchise records with 5 consecutive 300 yard games to open the season and set another franchise record with 9 300 yard games in a season. He led an NFL Record 7 4th Quarter Comebacks, including an NFL Record 5 in a row, and led the Colts to a 14-0 record to start the season and an NFL Record 23 Consecutive Regular Season Wins over the last two seasons, before Coach Jim Caldwell elected to rest starters in the 2nd Half against the New York Jets. He did all of this despite not having Anthony Gonzalez for 15 1/2 games and having to work in two first year wide receivers in Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie. (Collie was a rookie while Garcon was a 2nd year player with only 4 career catches before the season started) He also was the catalyst of the League's 2nd Ranked Passing Offense which was even more impressive considering the Colts post the NFL's worst rushing attack.

 Overall, by the end of 2009 Manning led the Colts to 115 wins in this decade, an NFL Record, and also finished with:

3575/5423 (65.9%) 42254 yards 314 TDs 138 ints. 98.2 Passer Rating

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors.

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