The Indianapolis Colts will play on Monday Night Football this evening against the undefeated Carolina Panthers, and their focus needs to be on this one game and not looking forward to next week. With that said, we know now that the Colts will face an undefeated opponent for the second straight week, as the Denver Broncos dominated the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night to improve to 7-0. An incredibly impressive effort all around propelled Denver to victory (they held Aaron Rodgers to 77 yards passing!), and a few notable storylines have already emerged regarding next Sunday's matchup with the Colts.
Obviously, those storylines revolve around Peyton Manning, who is the greatest player to wear an Indianapolis Colts uniform but who will be facing his former team for the fourth time as a member of the Broncos. It will be his second time returning to Lucas Oil Stadium since being cut by the Colts in 2012, and it could be a milestone day for the legendary quarterback. Thanks to a 340 yard performance on Sunday night, Manning now stands at 71,555 yards passing for his career, which is second only to Brett Favre's 71,838. That leaves Manning just 283 yards away from tying Favre's career passing yards record. In other words, if Manning throws for 284 yards against his former team in his former city, he will become the league's all-time leading passer. That would be cool to see.
Furthermore, while wins are not a quarterback stat, it's still worth noting that Manning also has tied Favre for the most wins by a quarterback in league history with 186. If his team wins next weekend against the Colts to stay undefeated, it will be the 187th regular season victory of Manning's career, breaking the tie with Favre for the most all-time.
So, to sum it all up, Peyton Manning - the greatest Colt of all-time - will be returning to Indianapolis next week and is 284 yards away from breaking the league's all-time yardage record and one win away from breaking the all-time wins record (it pains me to write about quarterback wins, but it's still worth noting). If you like storylines, then you should probably check out next Sunday's matchup between the Colts and the Broncos.