Is Peyton Manning getting a pass for running up the score?
Peyton Manning tied and NFL single-game record with 7 passing touchdowns, and single-handedly won some fantasy football matchups for a lot of fantasy players.
As if the 7 TD passes weren't enough, Manning was also only the 2nd one (along with Y.A. Tittle) to do it without throwing a single interception.
After the game, pretty much every football fan in the country was heaping praise on Manning. Understandably so. He put together a historically great performance and led his team to victory in the season opener.
But what if it was Tom Brady? What if the Patriots put on the same exact performance?
Would people be congratulating Brady on his great achievement?
Nope. Absolutely not.
Manning's last TD pass came with 4:30 left in the game, with the Broncos already leading by 15. It wasn't a deep pass, it was really just a screen to Demaryius Thomas, who picked up some serious YAC on his way to a 78-yard TD. But still, we've seen Tom Brady do the same exact thing in New England, throwing high-percentage short passes that are really no different from running plays at the end of big wins, and people criticize the Patriots. People even go so far as to wish injury on Brady.
So why is Peyton Manning getting a pass?