In a season dominated by Peyton Manning's destruction of the NFL's touchdown record book, you might have missed the season Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is putting together. Last week, he threw for 522 yards and six TDs in a wild game against the Indianapolis Colts. It was his single-best day as an NFL QB.
So what does he do for an encore? How about more of the same? Yesterday, Big Ben threw for 340 yards and six more TDs against the Baltimore Ravens. And in throwing six touchdowns on Sunday Roethlisberger became the first QB in NFL history to throw six touchdowns in back-to-back games. The only people who have come closer were Oakland's Tom Flores in 1963 and Tom Brady in 2007, both of whom threw 11 TDs in a two-game span.
Two weeks ago, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning became only the second QB in NFL history to throw for 500 touchdowns. The other? Brett Favre, who slung a record 508 in his career. With more than half the season left to play, it was inevitable that Manning would break Favre’s mark. And yesterday, he did just that.
Manning threw four touchdowns in Denver’s 42-17 romp of the 49ers Sunday. His last one of the day was the 510th of his career.
Here’s a Vine of Manning’s record-breaking 509th TD, an eight-yard toss in the second quarter to receiver Demaryius Thomas:
Though the hopes of an undefeated season have been squashed for every team, playoff hopes remain alive and well. Not so well? A whole lot of players. Week Five solidified that injuries will play a key role in the rest of the season. For some teams, backups have responded well, but things can go downhill quickly when a backup gets injured, too. Keep your fingers crossed that your team stays on the field and away from the sideline in Week Six.
Yesterday, the Denver Broncos routed the previously undefeated Arizona Cardinals, 41-20. It was a good win for a Denver team looking to maintain its dominance in the AFC. But it was an historic day for Peyton Manning.
The 38-year-old Broncos QB threw four touchdowns, which is about right. His second one, though, was historic: It was Manning’s 500th NFL TD, making him only the second quarterback to reach that milestone.
After an off week for many of the top teams in the league, Week Five is going to get interesting! There are still a couple of undefeated teams remaining, and at this point in the season the schedules are only getting tougher. A handful of games is enough time for some players to have established themselves as serious threats this season, so there are big red targets on playmakers across the league. Rookies are also continuing their emergence from the depths of rosters, changing games in just a few plays.
This is shaping up to be a fantastic football year.
The defending champion Seahawks held off a much more competitive Broncos team in the Super Bowl rematch last week, but heading into Week Four neither team is undefeated. The teams without a loss? Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and Arizona. And though it’s still early in the year, injuries are already hitting teams hard and providing some rookies, like Minnesota’s Teddy Bridgewater and Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles, a chance to shine.
There are a number of teams with a record – good, bad or somewhere in the middle – that no one expected to see after the first two weeks of the 2014 season. But we should have a better idea of how good (or bad) teams are after this weekend. The ones that have shined early have tough games to play, while others have struggled early have games that could indicate the severity of their problems. How will your team fair after Week Three?