DENVER (AP) — When it comes to records, Peyton Manning only cares about one: The wins and losses.
But while the numbers in the win column keep piling up, so do the points, yards and touchdowns. December is truly becoming record-setting season for the Denver Broncos and their quarterback.
Since throwing for 462 yards and seven touchdowns in the season opener, Manning and the Broncos have been on pace to break a number of the NFL's most treasured passing and scoring records. Nothing has slowed the Denver offense since.
Manning, of course, doesn't like talking about the big picture. He said a late-season game at Cleveland in his second year taught him how fickle the business of focusing on big numbers can be. He had an impressive 27-game streak of throwing at least one touchdown pass heading into that game.
"We hadn't thrown one and had a pass play called and they were dropping eight guys and we checked to a run, got the touchdown and the streak ended," Manning said.
The touchdown helped the Colts to a 29-28 win.
"And you don't think twice about" the records, Manning said. "You've got to do your job to get your team into the end zone, whatever that is. That's how I've always approached it."
So, with the caveat that Manning himself doesn't really care, here are six records he and the Broncos can break over the final three games of the season, beginning Thursday night against San Diego:
TOUCHDOWN PASSES: This used to be considered the gold-standard for passers and one of the hardest to break. Dan Marino set it with 48 in 1984 and that held up for 20 seasons until — who else? — Manning broke it by one in 2004 en route to his second of four MVP awards (That's already a record). Tom Brady then threw for 50 TDs in 2007. Manning stands at 45 with three games left. He has an NFL record seven games with four touchdown passes or more.
PASSING YARDAGE: Another of the biggies. Manning has 4,522 yards and is on pace for 5,565. Drew Brees holds the record with 5,476, set in 2011. Manning is throwing for 347 a game this season and could break the record by throwing for 29 below his average each game. This one is a bit tricky, though, mainly because the Broncos' three remaining opponents — San Diego, Houston and Oakland — are a combined 12-27. The Broncos will probably try to rest the 16-year veteran if they get way ahead. Working in favor of setting the record, however, is that the Broncos have only a one-game lead over Kansas City in the AFC West and New England for the No. 1 playoff seed, so, at this point, they need to win all the games.