NFL Week 4 recap: Peyton’s back, and better than ever

Peyton Manning throws a pass during the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. The Broncos won 52-20. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Rob Woodfork,

WASHINGTON – I’m about to break some NFL news you may not have been aware of otherwise.

Peyton Manning is the most prolific passer the NFL has ever seen.

In case you haven’t seen the numbers, allow me to point them out: 1,470 passing yards, 16 touchdowns and a 138.0 QB rating. To lend full perspective, the first two numbers are NFL records for the first four weeks of the season and the latter is only a few notches below the perfect mark of 158.3. Oh, and did I mention Manning has yet to throw an interception?

What Manning is doing in Denver this season is nothing short of incredible, especially when you consider that many questioned whether the man could (or would) be able to play football ever again after a bad neck injury. Not only has he come back — he might actually be better than ever, even at the ripe old age of 37.

Many of my longtime readers (and by “many” I mean “both of”) may be surprised to see me focus on Manning in such a positive light. I’ve long criticized Manning for failing to maintain his high level of play in the playoffs, and for having only one ring to show for his long, unprecedented success in Indianapolis. His three turnovers in last season’s home playoff loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens only added fuel to my argument.

But as critical of Manning as I’ve been, I’ve also maintained that there’s no greater show during the NFL regular season. It’s a bit clich

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