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Protection, quick releases key Manning success

Posted by ESPN.com’s Paul Kuharsky

Another Monday, another Colts’ win, another fantastic numerical breakdown of Peyton Manning.

This one comes from Justin Ray of ESPN Stats & Information.

While Manning didn’t eclipse 300 yards for the first time this season, he picked the St. Louis Rams apart making it apparent again that his offensive line and quick decision-making key a large degree of the Colts’ pass attack.

Manning has been sacked just twice in six games -- that puts him on pace for 5.3 sacks this season, and prompts us to look at the best pass protection seasons in league history.

Manning has never been sacked fewer than 13 times in a season. That came in 2004, when he threw 49 touchdown passes and had a passer rating of 121.1, both career-highs. Manning was sacked only 14 times last season despite injuries and upheaval on the Colts’ offensive line.

According to Elias, Manning has been hit only 14 times all season. Around the league, 10 quarterbacks have been sacked 14 or more times. Aaron Rodgers has been sacked 25 times.