It’s not exactly breaking news that Peyton Manning and the Broncos are piling up the yards and lighting up the scoreboard. But the Broncos are doing more than just playing good offense. They’re racking up yards and points at a pace that’s completely unprecedented in NFL history.
We’ve gone through the NFL Record and Fact Book and identified six different offensive records that the Broncos are on pace to break this season, for points, touchdowns, first downs, passing first downs, total yards gained and fewest interceptions. Peyton Manning is also on pace to break the single-season records for passer rating, completions, completion percentage, passing yards, passing touchdowns, four-touchdown games, 400-yard games and 300-yard games. The Broncos’ return man and kicker are on pace for a couple of special teams records as well.
It may not be realistic to think the Broncos will keep up this pace for a full season. They’ll face some good defenses, play some games in bad weather, and maybe rest their starters late in the season if they wrap up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. But through five games, the Broncos aren’t just looking like a great offense. They’re looking like the greatest offense in NFL history.