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3 Best Colts Passing Seasons Since 2000

By michael obermuller
Peyton Manning rang in the new century as the Colts starting quarterback.
Peyton Manning rang in the new century as the Colts starting quarterback. / Andy Lyons/Getty Images
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The Indianapolis Colts franchise has been known for having some top-notch quarterback play, especially in the past couple decades. Future Hall-of-Famer Peyton Manning is known as one of the best to ever play the game, and he was followed by prodigy Andrew Luck.

Between these two gifted athletes, who put up the top Colts passing seasons since the year 2000?

Best Colts Passing Seasons Since 2000

3. Peyton Manning, 2009

Peyton Manning won the NFL MVP in 2009.
Peyton Manning won the NFL MVP in 2009. / TOM MIHALEK/Getty Images

Although this season actually ranks fifth in passing yardage, and one could argue that Andrew Luck's stats in 2018 were slightly better, Peyton gets the edge based on the team's results. The Colts went 14-2 in 2009 and Manning's passer rating was 99.1. He threw for exactly 4,500 yards and was awarded the NFL MVP Award and First-Team All-Pro honors.

2. Andrew Luck, 2014

Andrew Luck's career was cut short, but he still had some phenomenal seasons in Indy, including this one.
Andrew Luck's career was cut short, but he still had some phenomenal seasons in Indy, including this one. / Al Bello/Getty Images

Luck holds the Colts' single-season passing yardage record, and he set it in 2014 with 4,761 yards. He also threw for 40 touchdowns that season, and Indy went 11-5 before beating Manning's Denver Broncos but falling to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship. He was only awarded a Pro Bowl nod for his efforts, but with a 96.5 passer rating and a whole lot of excitement, this was one of Indianapolis' best passing seasons ever.

1. Peyton Manning, 2004

An earlier MVP season in 2004 was one of four MVP's that Manning won as a Colt.
An earlier MVP season in 2004 was one of four MVP's that Manning won as a Colt. / Win McNamee/Getty Images

Rewind back to Peyton's prime of 28 years young, and you will find yet another MVP season for Manning (and his best season as a Colt). He was nearly flawless in '04 with 49 passing touchdowns and 10 interceptions, on top of 4,557 passing yards. With a 121.1 passer rating and First-Team All-Pro honors, this level of play is hard to beat. The Colts went 12-4 that season, but ended up being upset at home in the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs. Even so, this was one season Peyton and Colts fans will never forget, as Manning locked up his second straight NFL MVP award.


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