Milestones: Peyton, T.O. & Big Ben Are Hall Of Famers
Peyton Manning Surpasses The 50,000-yard Mark: Despite the game’s nasty outcome, Peyton Manning joined an elite club of NFL quarterbacks, becoming only the 4th player in League history amass 50,000 passing yards. Manning joins Brett Favre, Dan Marino and John Elway as the only dudes to accomplish the feat. Manning is the only legitimate hope for breaking any of Favre’s passing records and has to get a little salty every offseason knowing that lead is going to keep growing.
The Colts lost…care. At 14-1 I’d say that they are still in pretty good shape with home-field advantage locked up, like the new dudes cheeks in county jail. It’s funny to see how everyone is taking the “I told you so” approach to Jim Caldwell’s decision to rest key starters, including taking out Peyton Manning and putting in rookie Curtis Painter in the 3rd quarter with the Colts nursing a 5-point lead. Painter looked decent in his sparing appearances with the team and no one could have predicted he would have tricked it off like that.
T.O. Makes 1,000th Catch: Whether you love or hate him, you know T.O. loves himself. The dude is a first ballot hall of famer, regardless of the off field persona, he has put up numbers for the bulk of his career. Owens is just the 6th player in NFL history to break the quadruple-digit receptions threshold, which should add a bright spot to an other wise disappointing season in Buffalo. If the Raiders were smart, they would figure out a way to pick up T.O. and Mike Vick next season. But they aren’t, so Buffalo might be the only option. Vick would be a good fit with the team as well, because their qb situation is nasty.
Roethlisberger 1st Steeler To Pass For 4,000 Yards: Big Ben may have also solidified a place in Canton after becoming the first Steelers qb to throw for over 4 stacks in a season. Roethlisberger’s numbers are better than Terry Bradshaw’s at a similar point in their careers, and at only 27, Ben should have plenty left in the tank to break all of Bradshaw’s franchise records, except for career picks. With 2 Super Bowl rings already and at least another solid 4-7 years in the league, Ben should fulfill the criteria to eventually get enshrined, but probs not anywhere near a first balloter.