Most players pass through the league without ever having the chance to make history.
Then again, most players aren't Peyton Manning.
Manning rewrote the record books on Sunday by becoming just the second quarterback in NFL history to throw for 500 career touchdowns. He struck early and often against the unbeaten Arizona Cardinals, reaching the prolific passing mark with less than five minutes in the first quarter on a seven-yard pitch-and-catch to TE Julius Thomas for his first score on the day.
Manning didn't waste any time reveling his record-setting mark.
He hit Demaryius Thomas on a quick strike play midway through the second quarter, and then again on a deep bomb down the left sideline to "Bay-Bay" Thomas for an 86-yard score with two minutes left in the second half.
Manning connected with Julius Thomas again in the fourth quarter for career touchdown pass No. 503, bringing him just five shy of Brett Favre's NFL record of 508.
The 17-year vet finished the day with a career-high 479 passing yards, and contributed to a franchise record for Demaryius Thomas, whose 226 receiving yards put him atop the Broncos list of single-game receiving yards.
This type of explosive performance is becoming a common occurrence for Manning as a result of his still evolving ability to move in the pocket and quickly hit open receivers. The secret to Manning's movement and the video-game-like numbers he's been posting are based on resisted agility exercises that simulate his pass drops while forcing his hips and legs to work harder and faster than they would without resistance.
Resisted pass drops help Peyton develop the crucial ability to move quickly with short, powerful steps in all directions within the pocket. Just watch him on Sunday and you'll see how powerfully he drops back, sets and fires passes downfield. The focus on being explosive and quick is translating into more completions, touchdowns and new records for Manning as he keeps hapless defensive backs struggling to read where the ball is going.
Re-writing history for himself and those around him—that's why Manning is the STACK NFL Beast of the Week.
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