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Every Play Counts is Michael David Smith's weekly look at one specific player or one aspect of a team on every single play of the previous game.

Heading into the Colts' game against the Ravens on Sunday, Peyton Manning looked like he was having, by his standards anyway, a lousy season.

Through the first four games of the year, Manning had five touchdown passes, putting him on pace for a career low, and five interceptions, putting him on pace for his most in seven years. His completion percentage was the lowest it had been since his second year in the league.

And with the Ravens coming to town, things weren't likely to get any easier. Through the first four games of the season, Baltimore had the best defense in the league. And so, of course, Manning proceeded to complete 19 of 28 passes for 271 yards, with three touchdowns and no turnovers, and the Colts blew out the Ravens, 31-3.

So how did it Manning do it? I'll explore that in this week's Every Play Counts.

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