On Sunday against Cleveland, the undrafted, unheard of and unnoticed Allen had a glistening 125.6 passer rating—only 3.6 points behind Manning’s magnificent debut against the Steelers in 2012. And, to be fair, Allen’s wasn’t just his first start as a Bronco, like No. 18’s, it was his first start ever in the NFL.

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Zac Stevens was born and raised in Denver, went to the University of Denver and now covers the Denver Broncos. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from DU in 2014, Zac worked for the Cleveland Browns as a remote scout. He then jumped straight into the journalism industry at the beginning of 2016 covering the reigning world-champion Broncos and joined DNVR soon after. Catch him on Twitter @ZacStevensDNVR and daily on the DNVR Broncos podcast as the co-host.