Nobody, least of all those who owned him in fantasy leagues, expected Peyton Manning to drop seven touchdowns on the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens during opening week. Those who had Manning on their fantasy teams, however, may have cruised to a Week One victory without even needing a single other point from their roster. This all-time great performance, tying the NFL record for TDs in one game and earning 46 fantasy points by ESPN’s scoring metrics, may have been a guarantee for success, but would it have been the best fantasy football week ever for a quarterback? Here is how the elder Manning brother stacks up against one of the other greatest quarterbacks to ever don an NFL jersey: John Madden’s perpetual golden boy, Brett Favre.
The Story Of A Cheesehead Gunslinger
Anyone who knows anything about football knows Favre had many great games — and many not-so-great games. Favre, the prototypical gunslinger QB with an arm no player before or since can match, holds the all-time record for both touchdowns and interceptions, preferring to put the ball into play well down the field, regardless of the consequences. As such, he had many games with great yards and TDs, but many interceptions. His best game yardage-wise would be in 1993 against the Bears, where he threw for 402 yards and two touchdowns. It was also a game the Packers lost, since Favre threw three interceptions to go with those yards, and came up with a pitiful 77.9 QB rating, good for only 22 ESPN fantasy points. So what was Favre’s best game for owners? It may surprise you to learn it didn’t occur in a Packers uniform.
Favre’s Greatest Game
Most football fans remember the year that Green Bay decided to make a move towards their organization’s future and make Aaron Rodgers the Packers’ starting quarterback. Favre signed with the New York Jets and only took four weeks before he had a personal best, scorching the Arizona Cardinals for 289 yards and six touchdowns and winning 56 – 35. Ironically, the Cards would go on to make the playoffs, and the Jets would fall short, despite both teams finishing with a 9-7 record. Favre racked up no less than 34 ESPN points, ultimately falling short of Peyton’s mark.
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Sports Techie, Those of you who stepped up and drafted Peyton Manning in the first round reaped the benefit of his Hall of Fame performance and statistics. This is also the reason the Broncos traded for him because the Indianapolis Colts front office and scouts felt the need to revamp their organization beginning with the most important position in the National Football League, the quarterback.
Farve not only was healthy enough to play in the most consecutive games in NFL history, he also passed the football into the record books may times over. Comparing Peyton with Farve will become even bigger when Manning passes Brett as the all-time NFL passing leader in one of his games to come this season.
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Enjoy Thursday Night Football (TNF) on the NFL Network tonight and get ready for the rest of the week three games, especially the Broncos and Manning if you are lucky, wise and smart enough to own him on your fantasy squad.
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