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He's Otto-matic: Manning's No. 1

Is Peyton Manning having the best QB season ever? Page 2's Aaron Schatz adjusts numbers from the past to find out.

Updated: August 12, 2005, 11:37 AM ET
By Aaron Schatz | Special to Page 2

Peyton Manning is having the greatest quarterback season ever.

That's the assumption. After all, he's on pace for nearly 5,000 yards passing and 59 touchdowns. But how do you compare Manning's numbers to quarterbacks from the past, with NFL rules and styles of play constantly changing? The average quarterback now puts up completely different numbers compared to the average quarterback of 1994 or 1975 or 1962.

Sure, Manning has eye-popping statistics -- in one of the most offense-oriented ...

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