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Teddy Bridgewater Matches Peyton Manning After Impressive Start

Adam Taylor McKillop
Teddy Bridgewater matches Peyton Manning after his impressive two-game start with the Denver Broncos.
Teddy Bridgewater matches Peyton Manning after his impressive two-game start with the Denver Broncos. / Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

The Denver Broncos are off to a quick 2-0 start thanks to a pair of impressive performances from quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. It's clear that head coach Vic Fangio made the right decision in opting to start Bridgewater over Drew Lock. In fact, Bridgewater's first two games under center have matched Peyton Manning in the Broncos record books.

On Sunday, Bridgewater threw 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions for 328 yards, while completing 26-of-34 (76.5%) of his passes. Not only did this lead Denver to a 23-13 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, but Bridgewater became the first Broncos quarterback since Manning to complete at least 75% of his passes in two consecutive games.

Manning accomplished this feat back in 2013, a year the Broncos made it all the way to the Super Bowl.

The impressive stat line continued on Sunday. With this 328 passing yards, Bridgewater notched just the seventh game in franchise history where a quarterback passed for at least 300 yards while completing 75% or better of his passes and no interceptions. Manning had five of those games.

Simply put, the Broncos have finally found a viable option at quarterback since Manning retired after the 2015 Super Bowl title. Instead of overreacting, this impressive stat line is also telling of Denver's recent struggles at quarterback.

Between Trevor Siemian, Case Keenum and Lock, the Broncos haven't been able to put many winning seasons together since Manning's departure. Denver owns only one winning season in that span.

It's certainly a step in the right direction for Denver. Entering the year, the Broncos owned +5000 odds to win Super Bowl 56. After two impressive victories, albeit over bad teams, those odds have inched up to +4100 on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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