Well, this isn’t exactly a surprise.
Congrats to Peyton on being named AFC Off Player of the Week for the 26th time – the most of any player since the award started in 1984.
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) December 24, 2013
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was named by the NFL as the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 16, and as you probably already know, it was a historic week for the gun-slinging quarterback. Manning broke Tom Brady’s record for touchdown passes in a season with 51 (in just 16 games!) during Sunday’s game against the Texans, but his single-game performance certainly stands out as worthy of the weekly honor.
Manning threw for 400 yards (on 32 of 51 passing) and 4 touchdowns in Denver’s 37-13 win, and he was nearly flawless in the process, posting a 79.1 QBR and a 113.2 quarterback rating for good measure. The fact that he’s been given this honor twenty-six times in his career speaks volumes about the incredible run that he’s on, and Manning being able to do this at age 37 is absolutely staggering.
Peyton Manning probably won’t need to play all 4 quarters this Sunday when the Broncos take on the Raiders, but if he does, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him as a repeat winner of this award.