Peyton Manning needed about half of the first quarter Sunday night to throw his first touchdown pass of the game, giving him 343 for his career and third place on the NFL’s career list all by himself.
The three-time MVP tied Fran Tarkenton with two TD passes last week. Tarkenton sent Manning a letter this week noting the company.
Manning’s 343rd TD was a 3-yard toss to Reggie Wayne with 7:28 left in the first quarter for a 7-0 lead against Tennessee.
Manning distanced himself further from Tarkenton with two more scoring throws of 39 and 6 yards later in the game to rookie Austin Collie, finishing the contest with 345 for his career.
Only Brett Favre (469) and Dan Marino (420) are ahead of Manning.
Manning also became the third quarterback in NFL history to have 70 games with a passer rating of 100 or better. He trails Favre (96) and Tarkenton (74) in that category.
When asked about the latest milestones, Manning credited his teammates.
“You try to do what you have to do to win,” Manning said. “I’ve never been about that or try to do that in the middle of the season.”
Titans coach Jeff Fisher has another opinion.
“He’s just playing as well now as I think he’s ever played in his career,” Fisher said.
Mangini, Browns address Davis with NFL
Browns coach Eric Mangini has spoken with NFL officials about concerns over how rookie running back James Davis sustained a season-ending shoulder injury, and whether it happened during a post-practice session.
“We talked to the league about it. Addressed it,” Mangini said. “We feel very comfortable with being where we’re at.”
Mangini was responding to a question about an ESPN report citing two unnamed witnesses claiming Davis was not wearing pads after practice when he was struck by an unnamed Browns linebacker, who was wearing pads.
Vick takes over as Eagles QB
The latest wrinkle in the Michael Vick experiment eliminated the gimmicks. Vick was back under center and calling signals like any other quarterback.
For the first time in 33 months.
Out of the shotgun formation, Vick completed a 1-yard pass to DeSean Jackson on his first play. After an incomplete pass, the next play broke down. When Vick failed to find any open receivers, he took off and scrambled 11 yards for a first down.
Vick finished the game with one completion on three passes and 10 yards rushing on four attempts.
San Francisco strong safety Michael Lewis sustained his third concussion of the season trying to tackle Falcons running back Michael Turner and could be sidelined for a prolonged period. ... Colts safety Bob Sanders was deactivated against the Titans. ... Tennessee sat cornerback Cortland Finnegan for a second game with left defensive end Jevon Kearse a healthy scratch for the first time this season. ... Lions receiver Calvin Johnson limped off the field, and the team’s training staff treated his right knee on the sideline. ... Tennessee cornerback Nick Harper broke his right arm and was knocked out of the game against Indianapolis. ... Bills starting middle linebacker Kawika Mitchell did not return after being carted off the field with a right-knee injury early in the second quarter against Cleveland. ... The Lions listed Matthew Stafford as their third quarterback against the Steelers because of a right-knee injury. ... Ravens offensive tackle Jared Gaither was inactive against the Bengals.