LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Peyton Manning is washed up.
I saw it in person on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The 39 year-old shell of the quarterback that he once was only managed to throw for 281 yards and two touchdowns against the Colts.
Alright maybe I'm joking just a tad. No, Peyton Manning of 2015 is not Peyton Manning of 2004, 49 touchdown passes, or even 2013, 55 touchdown passes, but he is still a capable NFL signal caller. Paired with a defense, talented, but sometimes lacking in discipline, Manning could get another Super Bowl shot. Of course that will be a road that will most likely go through New England.
Yes he did throw two interceptions on Sunday as well. For the season, Manning has thrown 13 picks and just 9 touchdown passes.
I'm not ready to cast him into the retirement heap just yet though.
For most of his career, the pain in watching your team compete against his, was watching him run down the play clock and convert third down after third down. Your defense couldn't get to him and if they tried to blitz, he made them pay every time. Sunday Andrew Luck played that role.
Luck and Teddy Bridgewater are two of the younger generation who have actually looked better at the position than Manning in games against Denver this season.
However, with a new offense, and an offensive line that lost it's best player, Ryan Clady, for the entire season, and has had more injuries, Manning still has the Broncos at 7-1 after the first half of the season. He is closing in on Brett Favre's all-time yardage mark, needing just three more yards and his next win will be the 187th of his career, also tops all-time.
Former Jets coach and current ESPN analyst Herm Edwards said it best, "You play to win the game," and on a not too distant Sunday, Manning will be able to say that no quarterback has won more than him.