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3 Best Broncos Passing Seasons Since 2000

By michael obermuller
Peyton Manning started a new chapter in Denver, and it did not lack success.
Peyton Manning started a new chapter in Denver, and it did not lack success. / Justin Edmonds/Getty Images
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The Denver Broncos have struggled to find a franchise quarterback since John Elway. The retired legend is now the president and general manager in Denver, and he hopes Drew Lock will be his signal-caller of the future.

Lock only took over last season however, so which quarterbacks have had the Broncos top passing seasons since 2000?

3. Peyton Manning, 2014

Manning's third year with Denver posted second on the franchise's all-time passing yards leaderboard.
Manning's third year with Denver posted second on the franchise's all-time passing yards leaderboard. / Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Peyton Manning finished career in Denver and offered a brief respite to the awful quarterback play Denver had grown accustomed to seeing over the past couple decades. The 2014 season was the third of four he played with the Broncos, and his numbers were slightly down due to a 2.5 percent interception rate. Despite this, Manning still threw for the franchise's second highest season yardage total ever at 4,727 yards, while adding 39 passing touchdowns. The Broncos were eliminated at home in the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs, by his former team. Ironically, Manning won a Super Bowl with Denver the next season, though he had by far his worst year.

2. Peyton Manning, 2012

John Elway made a play for Peyton once the Colts moved on and the legendary QB did not disappoint.
John Elway made a play for Peyton once the Colts moved on and the legendary QB did not disappoint. / Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Manning's first year back from a neck injury (and initial season with the Broncos) was an impressive one. Although his total yardage and touchdowns were slightly lower than in 2014, his efficiency was greater. Peyton only threw 11 interceptions (compared to his 37 TD's) and had a passer rating of 105.8. Manning was named a first-team All-Pro in the regular season, also winning NFL Comeback Player of the Year honors.

1. Peyton Manning, 2013

Manning lost the 2013 Super Bowl, but won one later in 2015.
Manning lost the 2013 Super Bowl, but won one later in 2015. / TIMOTHY A. CLARY/Getty Images

The 2013 season was statistically the best of Manning's career, and also one of the best of all time. He threw for a ridiculous 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns with only 10 interceptions. That set the NFL's all-time single-season records for both passing yards and touchdowns — records that still stand today. This 2013 Denver offense was one for the history books, and Manning was well deserving of his first-team All-Pro honors and his record-setting fifth NFL MVP award.


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