"I’ve got plenty of Papa John’s to eat at home!"

"I’ve got plenty of Papa John’s to eat at home!"

27 of 42.
462 yards.
0 Interceptions.
7 Touchdowns.
Yes Peyton, #1 indeed.
(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

27 of 42.

462 yards.

0 Interceptions.

7 Touchdowns.

Yes Peyton, #1 indeed.

(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Just what the Denver Broncos needed, a heavy duty addition to their defense. With the 28th pick in the 2013 Draft they were able to wrangle Defensive Tackle Sylvester Williams out of North Carolina. 
So now that everyone knows QB Peyton Manning works and since the addition of WR Wes Welker, why not just add some depth and youth to your defense in front of monster OLB Von Miller?

Just what the Denver Broncos needed, a heavy duty addition to their defense. With the 28th pick in the 2013 Draft they were able to wrangle Defensive Tackle Sylvester Williams out of North Carolina. 

So now that everyone knows QB Peyton Manning works and since the addition of WR Wes Welker, why not just add some depth and youth to your defense in front of monster OLB Von Miller?

"Great moment @ 1.5 hours after the game, Peyton Manning and his family waited to congratulate @raylewis52."
- Chad Steele

"Great moment @ 1.5 hours after the game, Peyton Manning and his family waited to congratulate @raylewis52."

- Chad Steele

Yeah, that about sums up the Denver secondary today.

Yeah, that about sums up the Denver secondary today.

The Playoffs Are About QBs: Manning vs. Flacco

The NFL playoffs always come down to quarterback matchups. Let’s look at these guys head-to-head, starting with Peyton Manning vs. Joe Flacco, AKA Denver vs. Baltimore.

Famous sibling:

  • Manning: Eli
  • Flacco: Rapper Waka Flacco
  • Advantage: Manning

Saturday Night Live:

  • Manning: Hosted
  • Flacco: Lost ticket lottery for 6th consecutive year
  • Advantage: Manning

Home city role model:

  • Manning: John Elway
  • Flacco: Stringer Bell
  • Advantage: Flacco

Forehead:

  • Manning: Bright red from overly tight helmet
  • Flacco: Is overshadowed by his unibrow
  • Advantage: Manning

Audibles:

  • Manning: Calls a lot of them
  • lacco: Barely is when he speaks
  • Advantage: Manning

Fuse:

  • Manning: Neck vertebrae
  • Flacco: His favorite TV channel
  • Advantage: Flacco

Really good at:

  • Manning: Selling out
  • Flacco: Losing the AFC Championship Game
  • Advantage: Flacco

By a 4-3 count, the matchup goes to Peyton Manning. It’s just science.

Ravens at Broncos: Legacies

by @steven_lebron

Read an interesting stat tonight: in his playoff career, Peyton Manning is 0-3 in games below 40 degrees, with one touchdown and seven interceptions. Although, all three of them came on the road, and two of them were in Foxboro, so the competition might’ve played a bigger factor than the thermometer.

Take away his two Super Bowl runs (one resulting in a ring), and the underrated part of Manning’s career narrative in the post-season is that: he just hasn’t been that good. Not all the time.

But then you fold all of that into what’s happened this season. From four neck surgeries to a front-runner for MVP (in a world where Adrian Peterson didn’t have an even better comeback story), it almost feels like Manning’s season deserves more attention that we’ve given it.

He’s turned Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker into elite wide receivers, and the defense has strengthened as the season’s gone on.

The schedule? Not exactly a hard road to the post-season, so as you keep picking apart every detail behind Manning and his team, you can see why they might seem like a vulnerable one seed at home.

But the Ravens had their Super Bowl last week for Ray Lewis, and I’m not sure if Anquan Boldin is going to be a superhero every week in these playoffs. The defense made plays last week and flashed glimpses of their former self, but then you remember that Manning has won 9 straight games against this team, this defense.

Brain against brawn, and all that other stuff. When it comes down to it, I wish I could provide you with a complete breakdown of everything, but I really want to see Manning’s story end with a hometown Super Bowl game in New Orleans.

This is not just a playoff run for Manning. This is about legacy. Two Super Bowl wins would make elevate the conversation for Manning’s greatness. Funny how one of the greatest of all-time at his position is still chasing something more at this stage in his career, and doing so as the front-runner in the AFC.

Broncos win 28-10.

What does everybody think?

Week 8: Getting Real
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*Previously 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7*

Week 8: Getting Real

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*Previously 123456, 7*

(Source: ESPN)

Week 6: Historic
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*Previously 1, 2, 3, 4, 5*

Week 6: Historic

(Photo by Jake Roth/US Presswire)

*Previously 1, 2, 3, 4, 5*

(Source: ESPN)

A tale of two halves.
Up by 24 points in the second half, Philip Rivers threw no touchdowns and three interceptions. This was at home, against a division rival.  This game was an important one. Denver’s defense played great!

A tale of two halves.

Up by 24 points in the second half, Philip Rivers threw no touchdowns and three interceptions. This was at home, against a division rival.  This game was an important one. Denver’s defense played great!

siphotos:

Peyton Manning sniffs smelling salts during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Broncos-Patriots game. New England had a franchise-record 35 first downs and dominated the second and third quarter in a 31-21 victory. Manning threw for 345 yards and three touchdowns in the loss. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

That forehead.

siphotos:

Peyton Manning sniffs smelling salts during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Broncos-Patriots game. New England had a franchise-record 35 first downs and dominated the second and third quarter in a 31-21 victory. Manning threw for 345 yards and three touchdowns in the loss. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

That forehead.

Manning Face. It’s back.