Do You Remember Peyton Manning’s 2004 Season?

by Jim Coventry, Guest Blogger

Is it just me, or does Peyton Manning’s (QB, Ind) record-setting season (49 TDs) seem like an afterthought? When Dan Marino had his great season of 48, it was so sacred and legendary, that it was talked about for almost two decades. Even before Tom Brady (QB, NE) started his assault, in going after Manning’s record, 2004 seemed like a distant memory. Here on some thoughts on the record and some peripheral musings. Most importantly, at the end, I will go over the fantasy football impact a potential record will have.

Marino got his record with a couple of good WRs, though neither were great and a below average running game. Maybe that is why the record was so hallowed. To have a one-dimensional offense in any area, especially without world-class weapons, speaks something to the accomplishment. Those old enough to remember Marino’s dismantling of the vaunted ’85 Bears defense (the year after setting the record) on the national Monday night spotlight only added more mystique to the legend that Marino was in place.

Manning came along and broke the record 20 years later. Although, unquestionably with a greater cast than Marino ever had, it was just as […]

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