Summarizing the Denver Broncos’ record-breaking pace

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos continue to completely tear it up. Here's a look at some of the paces they're on and some of the records they're on target to break. 

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Points: Denver is on pace to score 736 points. No team in NFL history has scored 600, let alone 700. With 230 points already under their belt, the Broncos have scored more in five games than the Chiefs did all of last season. The 2007 Patriots currently own the single-season record with 589, but Denver merely needs to average 32.7 points per game for the remainder of the year to become the new record holder. Considering they've scored at least 37 in all five games, that should be easy.

Yards: Denver is on pace to compile 7,837 yards. Only the 2011 Saints and the 2000 Rams have hit the 7,000-yard mark, with New Orleans the current record holder (7,474). The Broncos have 2,449 total yards in five games. In 1970, the Patriots had 2,626 in a full 14-game season.


Completion percentage: Manning has completed 75.8 percent of his passes, which would shatter Drew Brees' single-season record of 71.2. Only Brees and three other quarterbacks have ever posted completion percentages in the 70s. How much has the game changed? In 1970, Sonny Jurgensen led the NFL with a sub-60 completion percentage. 

Touchdowns: Manning is on pace to throw 64 touchdown passes and is the first quarterback in NFL history to record 20 of them in the first five games of a season. To eclipse Tom Brady's record of 51, he'll need to average 2.1 touchdowns per outing the rest of the season. In 1972, Bill Kilmer and Joe Namath led the NFL with 19 touchdown passes apiece. 

Interceptions: Manning threw his first interception of the season Sunday in Dallas and is on pace to throw just three all year. That would tie the NFL record, unless you count Damon Huard, who had only one interception in 10 games with the 2006 Chiefs. If you require the quarterback has at least 250 attempts, then David Garrard's got the record with three. 

Passing yards: Manning is on pace to shatter the single-season passing yardage record with 6,029 yards. Brees currently owns that record (5,476). Manning would have to average 326.6 yards per game the rest of the season to capture this one. He's never been able to average over 300 yards per game over an entire season, but he's at 376.8 right now.

Passer rating: Manning's passer rating is a ridiculous 136.4, which would also shatter the record currently held by Aaron Rodgers (122.5). Only Brees and Brady have ever been over 115 for an entire season. In 1978, Roger Staubach had the league's highest passer rating…at 84.9.

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Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. Based in Toronto, he's worked as a national NFL blog editor at (covering Super Bowls XLIV, XLV and XLVI), a producer and writer at theScore Television Network and a host, reporter and play-by-play voice at Rogers TV. His work has also appeared at Deadspin,, The Guardian, The Hockey News and elsewhere at Bloguin, but his day gig has him covering all things NFC East for Bleacher Report.