PEYTON MANNING: The Broncos quarterback says his season record of 51 touchdown passes will be short-lived, suggesting Tom Brady will take it back soon enough.

Or, for that matter, any number of other quarterbacks could break it should NFL owners get their way and expand the season to 18 games.

Perhaps he’s just being pragmatic.

Maybe he’s just being modest.

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“I think if it does go to 18 games, I think that is a practical assessment,” said tight end Julius Thomas, who caught the record-breaker Sunday. “Those two extra games would give a quarterback two additional opportunities to go out there and put more touchdowns on the board.

“I think that will skew a lot of records. But you know he’s also a modest person. That’s who he is. It’s pretty remarkable to throw 51 touchdowns. I believe records are meant to be broken and most are broken. But that’s one that could stand for a while.”

It will stand for a long time, suggested Broncos receiver Eric Decker, who retrieved the record-breaking memento when Thomas nonchalantly dropped it.

“Of course he’s being modest,” Decker said Monday. “I think it’s a tough feat. Fifty-plus touchdowns in a season, you’ve got to do something very, very special.”

The Associated Press