I think it’s time for any of the Denver Doomsayers left to exit the building. The National Football League sure seems to agree with me. Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Morning was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month by the NFL on Thursday morning.
From the near-comeback win against the Patriots, to the jaw-dropping 35-point second quarter comeback against the Chargers, to the beating on Drew Brees and the Saints, Manning has had a busy month building his resume and silencing his critics. In the month of October alone, Manning racked up 951 passing yards and a 74.0 completion percentage to lead the AFC and a 126.7 passer rating, placing him on top of the entire league.
Manning is no stranger to this award. This is the quarterback’s fifth AFC Offensive Player of the Month Award, which puts him in second place to Tom Brady’s six and one ahead of Terrell Davis’s four.
After an up-and-down September, the Broncos are riding the three-game winning streak into Week 9 against the Bengals in Cincinnati. Against the Saints, the Broncos proved they are more than capable of putting together a complete game on both sides of the ball – something that has been questioned by many critics.
This week against the Bengals and next week’s game against the Carolina Panthers are the perfect opportunities for Manning and the rest of the Broncos to continue to build on last week’s solid performance. If they can establish a good rhythm and build their confidence, they should be set to take a solid hold of the AFC West Division going into their Week 11 game against the San Diego Chargers.
So here is your cue to exit, Peyton Pessimists – Manning has shown a consistent upward trend this season, and it’s not expected to shift too drastically anytime soon. He has now had four-straight games with 300-plus yards passing, three touchdowns and at least a 70 percent passing completion.
Don’t let the door hit you in your naysayer behind on your way out.