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Saturday, December 18, 2004 

All I Want for Christmas

Peyton Manning will try to break Dan Marino's single-season TD record tomorrow night, and Bob Kravitz of the Indy Star has a humorous take on Peyton's pursuit. Manning only needs three more TD passes, but he will have his hands full over the next 3 weeks. The Colts have won 6 in a row, but only one came against a team that has more than 5 wins now (Vikings 7-6). The Colts next three games are against the Ravens, Chargers and at the Broncos - and while it's almost a lock that at least 2 of those teams will make the playoffs, the game in Denver could be very important for seeding purposes. I'm sure the Colts would love to see the Broncos back in Indy again for a playoff game :-)

Manning has had an incredible career, but I didn't realize how close his stats parallel Marino's after (almost) 7 years:

Yrs G Yds TD-INT
Marino 83-89 103 27853 220-125
Manning 98-04 109 28804 213-119

And Manning could hit some other personal milestones this season, but there are a bit of a stretch. He needs to average 360 yds passing per game to reach 5000 for the season, and would need almost 400 per game to hit 30000 for his career.

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