Manning's ironman streak to end Sunday

News broke Wednesday that Peyton Manning will not be ready for this weekend’s game against the Houston Texans. Sunday will mark the first time in his NFL career that Manning will not start.

Peyton Manning


Since being selected by the Indianapolis Colts with the first pick in the 1998 NFL draft, Manning has started 208 consecutive regular-season games -- including the postseason he’s started 227 straight NFL games.

The regular-season streak is the second-longest by a QB in NFL history behind Brett Favre’s 297. The ironman record would not have been in jeopardy until the 2016 season, but it would not have been impossible seeing as how Manning has started every game since early in his freshman year at Tennessee.

Manning took over the starting gig in Knoxville from Todd Helton (yes that Todd Helton) on October 1, 1994. For some perspective on how long ago that was, the No. 1 movie in theaters at the time was Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Timecop.

When Manning’s streak comes to an end, his younger brother Eli Manning will have the longest active games streak by a quarterback at 103 games.

The loss of Peyton Manning -- especially if it is for more than just a couple of games -- will be devastating to the Colts. Last season Manning threw 679 passes; the only player in NFL history to attempt more passes in a season was Drew Bledsoe in 1994.

ESPN’s Total QBR -- a new metric that takes into account everything a quarterback does and when he does it -- ranks Manning the top quarterback over the past three years.

Highest Total QBR Since 2008

Kerry Collins will start in Manning’s place. Last season he posted an exceptional 95.5 Total QBR in a game against the Texans in which his Tennessee Titans won 31-17 - the same team he will face this Sunday.

That being said, Collins is no Manning. In the last three years, Collins has had a below-average Total QBR in 16 of the 34 games he has played. In that same span, Manning has been below average in just four out of 55 games.

To rub salt in the wound for the Colts, the news on Manning’s absence comes less than two months after they signed him to a five-year, $90 million dollar contract.