Peyton Manning has four touchdown passes against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, and there's still over a quarter left in the game. Manning currently has 33 touchdown passes on the season, which ties the record number that Tom Brady had through nine games in 2007. Brady threw a record 50 touchdowns that year.
If Manning doesn't throw another touchdown today, he will still be on pace for a fraction over 58 touchdowns this season.
Brady had five touchdown throws in his 10th game of 2007, giving him 38 with six games left to go, but he "only" had 12 more over the rest of the season. The Patriots went 16-0 that season but their perfect season ended in the Super Bowl against Manning's brother Eli and the New York Giants.
The 33 touchdown throws already ties the third-best mark for an entire season in Manning's career, something he has done three times before. He threw 49 touchdown passes in 2004, his career-best mark, and 37 touchdowns last season with the Broncos, his first with Denver. The addition of Wes Welker this year, a player who caught eight of those 2007 touchdowns from Brady, has really seemed to elevate Manning to even greater heights in his career.
Welker has nine touchdowns this year, already tying his own career-high. Manning has thrown three touchdowns to Demaryius Thomas on Sunday, giving Thomas nine touchdowns this season, and his fourth has gone to tight end Julius Thomas.
Thomas also now has nine touchdowns on the year.
Manning has been spreading the ball around quite a bit this year, and nearly everyone is having a career-year in Denver. But will it end up as the best season in the career of any quarterback?