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Horse Tracks: Peyton Manning ranks 5th in NFL's top 100 players of 2014 list

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NFL Network finished up its top 100 players of 2014 last night and announced their top 10 players. Making the list was Denver Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning at number 5.

Manning enjoyed another stellar season in 2014 where he totaled 39 touchdowns, 15 interceptions, and 4,727 yards passing. He also had a 101.5 passer rating last season.

Manning started the season on fire. Through the first nine games of the season, Manning had 29 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He also broke Brett Favre's all-time touchdown record in those stretch of games.

Unfortunately for Manning, his season went downhill after that stretch. He totaled only 10 touchdowns and 8 interceptions during the second half of the season. Part of that was due to a torn quad Manning suffered during the final month of the season. Also, the changing of the offense during the middle of the season really messed with Manning.

The Broncos season came to an end during the postseason when they were defeated by the Indianapolis Colts. Manning had one of his worst performances in a Broncos uniform that day.

Now, despite his poor (to Manning's standards, at least) showing in the second half of the season, Manning made the top five of the list.

Manning is also the third-ranked quarterback on the list. The only other two quarterbacks ahead of Manning are New England Patriots quarterback Tom "Deflater" Brady and Aaron Rodgers.

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