|Say what you will, but Manning is tough -- plays every game.|
Surprisingly, little is being said about the Broncos as contenders, which comes as surprise since they’ve been public darlings the past three seasons.
Obviously, the first major question people have about Denver surrounds Peyton Manning as he enters his 18th season. The 39-year old didn’t look so great in preseason, and didn’t do anything to deter questions about his arm strength. He’s also wearing a glove on his throwing hand for grip because he’s got numbness in his fingers due to the four neck surgeries.
Yes, there are plenty of questions surrounding Manning, but hasn’t that always been the case with him during his first three seasons with Denver?
He’s always been old and the potential for injury has always been there. Some thought he wouldn’t make it through his first season because of the neck injury, but not only did he play all 16 games that year, he would start every game the next two seasons. All he did in those three seasons was lead Denver to a 38-10 regular season record with three division titles and home field throughout the playoffs twice. His arm has never been a cannon, either, and he rarely gets sacked -- only 17 times last season.
So why the skepticism now after being public favorites the past three seasons?
“I think it was their performance late last season, particularly with Manning struggling, and then losing the way they did at home to the Colts in the playoffs that changed a lot of perception.” said SuperBook vice-president Jay Kornegay, who happens to be a die-hard Broncos fan.
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