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Peyton Manning on his next statistical milestone: Brett Favre's TD mark

Eric Edholm
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There are not many quarterbacks Peyton Manning looks up to when it comes to the NFL's all-time passing marks. But Brett Favre is certainly one of them.

Favre has the edge on Manning all time in passes attempted and completed, as well as passing yards. It might take a few more years — if he plays that long — for Manning to topple those numbers.

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But Manning can move past Favre in one massive category: touchdown passes. Right now, Favre is first with 508, but Manning is a mere 17 behind him and alone in second place with 491. (To show you how great these two are, in a very distant third place is Dan Marino at 420.) Manning passed 17 passing touchdowns before halftime of Week 5 last season ... so it might not last long this year.

Manning spoke with Yahoo Sports' Melanie Collins in the video above about how much he's thought about the record. Here's part of what he said:

"You know, I really don't think about it," Manning said. "I think, when asked about it, the first thing I think about is how old I am. That's kind of the first thing that comes to mind."

Manning's humor is sometimes a bit underrated, but he has showcased his acting chops time and time again, as he did in a hilarious new commercial with brother Eli for DirecTV. Here's what Peyton had to say about that:

But Manning wouldn't commit to a post-NFL acting career, sadly.

"That would mean I call myself an actor, which I don't," he said. "I am a meathead football player that gets asked to be in some commercials."

At least he's not vain. But Manning only can be so cocksure given the way the Seattle Seahawks walloped him and the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. Manning told Collins that the 43-8 loss served as some pretty good fuel as he prepared to get ready for his 17th NFL season and his third with the Broncos.

Manning said the team is "working on getting on the same page" with some of his new receivers, and that's key with Eric Decker gone. But Manning is enjoying the process of doing that but also cautious to make any predictions about the Broncos surpassing what they did last season.

"You can't rush two years worth of playing together into a training-camp session," Manning said. 

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!

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