Peyton Manning has made all the offseason speculation surrounding whether he'd ever return to his MVP-form a distant memory.
Manning looks to direct the AFC West-leading Denver Broncos to a fourth straight win when they visit the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
After missing the entire 2011 season due to several neck surgeries, Manning is putting together an MVP-caliber season for the Broncos (5-3).
"In his case, every time he goes out there, he's got a chance to do something special,'' said John Fox, who'll be facing the team he coached from 2002-10 for the first time.
The four-time league MVP came up nine yards short of his sixth consecutive 300-yard passing game when he went 27 of 35 with three touchdowns and two interceptions in last Sunday's 31-23 win in Cincinnati.
For the first time since 2004, Manning has thrown three touchdown passes in five straight contests, and if he can get two more Sunday, he'll surpass Dan Marino's total of 420 for second most in NFL history.