July 23, 2016

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Season Schedule

  • Week 1 - Sep 07

    IND @ DEN

  • Week 2 - Sep 14

    KC @ DEN

  • Week 3 - Sep 21

    DEN @ SEA

  • Week 4 - Sep 28


  • Week 5 - Oct 05

    ARI @ DEN

  • Week 6 - Oct 12

    DEN @ NYJ

  • Week 7 - Oct 19

    SF @ DEN

  • Week 8 - Oct 23

    SD @ DEN

  • Week 9 - Nov 02

    DEN @ NE

  • Week 10 - Nov 09

    DEN @ OAK

  • Week 11 - Nov 16

    DEN @ STL

  • Week 12 - Nov 23

    MIA @ DEN

  • Week 13 - Nov 30

    DEN @ KC

  • Week 14 - Dec 07

    BUF @ DEN

  • Week 15 - Dec 14

    DEN @ SD

  • Week 16 - Dec 22

    DEN @ CIN

  • Week 17 - Dec 28

    OAK @ DEN

  • Week 1 - Sep 09

    PIT 19 @ DEN 31

  • Week 3 - Sep 17

    DEN 21 @ ATL 27

  • Week 4 - Sep 30

    OAK 6 @ DEN 37

  • Week 5 - Oct 07

    DEN 21 @ NE 31

  • Week 7 - Oct 15

    DEN @ SD

  • Week 8 - Oct 28

    NO @ DEN

  • Week 9 - Nov 04

    DEN @ CIN

  • Week 10 - Nov 11

    DEN @ CAR

  • Week 11 - Nov 18

    SD @ DEN

  • Week 12 - Nov 25

    DEN @ KC

  • Week 13 - Dec 02

    TB @ DEN

    4659 pass yards

    37 TDs

    6 rush yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 1 - Sep 12

    OAK 23 @ DEN 20

  • Week 2 - Sep 18

    CIN 22 @ DEN 24

  • Week 3 - Sep 25

    DEN 14 @ TEN 17

  • Week 4 - Oct 02

    DEN 23 @ GB 49

  • Week 5 - Oct 09

    SD 29 @ DEN 24

  • Week 6 - Oct 16


  • Week 7 - Oct 23

    DEN 18 @ MIA 15

  • Week 8 - Oct 30

    DET 45 @ DEN 10

  • Week 9 - Nov 06

    DEN 38 @ OAK 24

  • Week 10 - Nov 13

    DEN 17 @ KC 10

  • Week 12 - Nov 27

    DEN 16 @ SD 13

  • Week 13 - Dec 04

    DEN 35 @ MIN 32

  • Week 14 - Dec 11

    CHI 10 @ DEN 13

  • Week 15 - Dec 18

    NE 41 @ DEN 23

  • Week 16 - Dec 24

    DEN 14 @ BUF 40

  • Week 1 - Sep 12

    DEN 17 @ JAC 24

  • Week 2 - Sep 19

    SEA 14 @ DEN 31

  • Week 3 - Sep 26

    IND 27 @ DEN 13

  • Week 4 - Oct 03

    DEN 26 @ TEN 20

  • Week 5 - Oct 10

    DEN 17 @ BAL 31

  • Week 6 - Oct 17

    NYJ 24 @ DEN 20

  • Week 7 - Oct 24

    OAK 59 @ DEN 14

  • Week 8 - Oct 31

    DEN 16 @ SF 24

  • Week 9 - Nov 07


  • Week 10 - Nov 14

    KC 29 @ DEN 49

  • Week 11 - Nov 22

    DEN 14 @ SD 35

  • Week 12 - Nov 28

    STL 36 @ DEN 33

  • Week 13 - Dec 05

    DEN 6 @ KC 10

  • Week 14 - Dec 12

    DEN 13 @ ARI 43

  • Week 15 - Dec 19

    JAC 24 @ IND 34

    319 pass yards

    2 TDs

    0 rush yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 16 - Dec 26

    HOU 23 @ DEN 24

  • Week 17 - Jan 02

    SD 33 @ DEN 28


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Peyton Manning

Denver Broncos

2008 - 2011 Statistics

   PASSING                            RUSHING                 FANTASY

                           Comp/Att   Yards   TD   INT    Rush   Yards   TD     Tot Pts   Pts/Gm

2011 Stats        DID NOT PLAY - INJURED

2010 Stats        450/679    4700    33    17      18      18      0        321.8    20.1

2009 Stats        393/571    4500    33    16      19    -13       0        310.7    19.4

2008 Stats        371/555    4002    27    12      20      21      1        276.2    17.3

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2012 Pros and Cons

(+) When healthy, he's the best that's ever done it

(+) Manning is the most consistent fantasy QB to ever play the game and can adapt to any situation in front of him

(+) He didn't have any numbers from last year, but he put up 13 multi-TD games in 2010 and had exactly nine in each of the four years prior to that

(+) Before his injured 2011 season, he finished in the Top-6 in QB fantasy points for the past eleven years straight:  1st place–once  2nd–twice  3rd–three times  4th–three times  5th–none  6th–twice

(+) With Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker at the WR1 and WR2 positions, Manning actually has some serious weaponry to toss the rock to

(+) No one has more MVP awards than Peyton – he's a master at the position

(–) The first injury/missed game of his career last season turned into a year-long ordeal. Basically, he went from an Iron Man to a big, health question mark REALLY quick

(–) Peyton will be playing for a whole new team with a whole new system after being a year away from the game… That’s a lot of uncertainty, even for Manning

(–) Though reports have said his neck is fine and his arm strength is coming along great, it’s entirely possible he’ll never be the same dominant QB again

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2009 Review

peyton manning after the super bowl

In a league full of change and speculation, there's a couple things that are guaranteed to remain constant from season to season. Brett Favre gets older (but none-the-more wiser), Bill Belichick gets grumpier, and Peyton Manning gets better. One thing is for sure- it’s clear we’re in the midst of watching one of the greatest players the NFL has ever seen. Heck, the Sprint pitchman just won his NFL record 4th MVP Award! 

Entering his first season on record without his mainstay #1 receiver, Marvin Harrison, nobody quite knew what to expect from Manning.  Then, when his default #2 receiver, Anthony Gonzalez, suffered a season-ending injury in Week 1, the rest of the AFC let out collective sigh of relief thinking that they wouldn’t have to deal with Manning and Co. for the AFC crown.  Nevertheless, per usual, Peyton took on the role of Road Runner and foiled the Coyote’s plans.  The prematurity of relief transformed into dread as Manning once again led the Colts into the Super Bowl, setting records and turning guys like Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie into household names along the way.  After accomplishing what he did in 2009, under the direction of a rookie head coach no less, all doubts of his genius and mastery of the game were wiped away with an eraser the size of an Acme rocket.


peyton manning 2009 stats

These stats are despite sitting out 5 quarters in the last 2 games

~ Has not finished outside the Top-6 in fantasy points in any year this past decade

~ Ranked second in the league with 571 attempts despite sitting out 5 quarters in the last 2 games

~ Set career bests in completion percentage (68.8), completions (393), and sacks taken (10)

~ Tied a career best with 14 regular season wins

~ Set an NFL record by receiving his 4th NFL MVP Award

~ Set an NFL record in regular season fourth quarter comeback wins with 7

~ Set an NFL record for most regular season wins by a starting QB in a decade (115)

~ Has led the Colts to 7 consecutive seasons with 12 or more wins

~ Led the Colts to the most consecutive regular season wins in NFL history (23, 2008-09)

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2010 Fantasy Outlook

If 2009 proved anything, it’s that Peyton Manning should never be considered outside the Top-5 fantasy QBs in the league, and he’ll continue that trend this coming year.  Another full off-season working with his young receivers should help them all to be that much better, and if Anthony Gonzalez comes back at anywhere near the level he played in 2008, the Colts and Manning will again be at the top of the heap in 2010.  Manning has averaged 4,177 yards and 30.5 TDs a season over his 12-year career, but we expect better numbers than that in what will be his lucky 13th season.

~ The offensive line is as solid as it gets, and not much looks to change on that front

~ Losing in the Super Bowl has Manning as fired up as he’ll ever be to win the big one this year

~ Dallas Clark is coming off a career season and only looks to be getting better

~ With Anthony Gonzalez coming back, the Colts will have one of the better receiving corps in the league

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Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady

who's better, tom brady or peyton manning

Click here to read our OP ED article to find out who is better, Tom Brady or Peyton Manning.

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peyton manning 4th quarter meltdown

Click on image above to get a 1200x750 wallpaper of it. Brady over Manning debate is still alive and well thank you very much!

SOURCE: http://www.joesportsfan.com/?p=13758


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Manning does not have a Twitter account.  The official Team Twitter account comes through here:  Colts Player Tweets 



Follow Pyro® on Twitter @pyroman1ac

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Featured Pieces

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Sound FX: Peyton Manning mic'd up



tiger woods and peyton manning

Tiger: "Hey Peyton, you want to come out whoring with Charles, Michael and me tonight?"

Peyton: "What's whoring?"

Tiger: "It's where we bang little white porn stars and waitresses."

Peyton: "I'm married Tiger."

Tiger: "So am I."

Peyton: "I have a Wheaties and Gatorade shoot tomorrow bro."

Tiger: "So do I."

Peyton: "Let me ask my Archie if he thinks its a good idea, I am supposed to watch some game film."

Tiger: "Ok, but it's fun as hell. These Vegas girls love to get dirty with rich and famous athletes."


Peyton Manning Saturday Night Live United Way Skit

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Back in March of ’04, the Colts wisely locked up Mr. Manning for the next seven years at the bargain price of $99.2 million, including a $34.5 million signing bonus.  The remainder of that deal is as follows, though Peyton should be inking his name to an extension that will amount to the most massive contract in NFL history soon enough:

2010 - $15.8 million

2011 - $14 million (voidable year)

2012 - $14 million (voidable year)

2013 - Free Agent

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It's tough to advocate anyone as a handcuff to Manning given his 12-year run without injury, but Curtis Painter would  be that guy if pressed.  Go ahead grab him in the last round or two if you have a slot open.

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Team Analysis

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Strength of Schedule

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Pro football players are typically pretty terrible actors, but Peyton Manning’s body of work is doing well to debunk that:

Such versatility.

Oh, and if you didn't catch it the first time above, this is probably the funniest skit ever made by a professional athlete:

SNL Skit

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The 8th Wonder

The Taj Mahal, the Pyramids of Giza, the Coliseum in Rome, the Great Wall of China, and now Peyton Manning. Okay that's a little bit of a stretch. The Great Wall wasn't really that great. But Manning has all the tools to become the 8th Wonder of the World. He's as strong as Hercules, has the vision of an eagle, the mind of Alexander the Great, and the charisma of Jerry Seinfeld. Wow. He reads defenses with the same precision President Obama reads a teleprompter.  Audibles, the hurry-up offense, game-prep, accuracy, arm-strength, footwork, clock management – there isn’t much that he doesn’t do well.  Did we mention that he can act?



So much range, so many faces, it’s overwhelming.   There can be only one Peyton Manning.

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Sweet 16

The numbers speak for themselves.  Manning has more records than Tiger Woods has women.

1.     Most seasons w/ at least 4,000 passing yards: 9 (1999-2004, 2006-2008)

2.     Most consecutive seasons w/ at least 4,000 passing yards: 6 (1999-2004)

3.     Most consecutive seasons w/ at least 25 TD passes: 11 (1998-2008; current)

4.     Most games w/ a perfect passer rating, career: 4 (includes 1 playoff game)

5.     Most consecutive games started to open a career by a QB (current): 176

6.     Highest passer rating, season: 121.1 (2004)

7.     Most consecutive games with at least 2 TD passes: 13 (games 1-13, 2004)

8.     Most consecutive games with at least 4 TD passes: 5 (games 7-11, 2004)

9.     Most games with at least 4 TD passes (season, 2004): 6 (tied with 1984 Marino)

10.   Most games with at least 5 TD passes, career: 7 (includes 1 playoff game)

11.   Highest career TDs/game average for any QB with at least 150 TDs: 1.90 TDs/game

12.   Highest career completions/game average (min. 100 games played): 21.7

13.   Most consecutive games with a rating over 100: 9 (games 5-13 of 2004 season; record tied by Carson Palmer, 2004-05 and Tom Brady, 2006-07)

14.   Most seasons with 12+ wins as a starter (regular season only): 7 (1999, 2003-2008)

15.   Only QB with at least 12 wins as a starter in 6 consecutive seasons (2003-2008)

16.   First QB to defeat the other 31 teams in the regular season (Tom Brady did this later the same day, and Brett Favre did it the following week)

He's also played 16 games every season since entering the league.  This list is merely a clip of his total collection. He has destroyed every QB Colt record there is and also holds many playoff records.

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Hard to knock

While this doesn't impact your fantasy season, and thus shouldn't influence the fact that he should be one of the first QBs off the board, we gotta mention Peyton's playoff vs. regular season numbers because frankly, they just don't seem to add up.  Yes, he beat Da Bears to get a ring in 2006, but shouldn't he have 5 by now?  His regular season record (131-61) is much better than his 9-9 playoff record, while his QB Rating in the playoffs of 84.6 is also well off of his regular season rating of 94.7.  In the regular season, he throws two TDs compared to every one interception, yet in the playoffs, it’s almost one for one.  Ok, we're done here.

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Injury Report


There is no greener light in the league.

Rams "have had internal discussions" about signing Peyton Manning and are "monitoring the situation."


Pyro's take: The Rams have had internal discussions about bringing Peyton Manning to Los Angeles should he want to play another season, per a league source. Manning still is under contract to the Broncos for another year, but most around the league do not expect him to return to Denver next season, if he returns at all.

It also sets up the possibility -- even if it is remote -- that Manning could finish his career in Southern California, just as former Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas did with the San Diego Chargers in 1973 and former New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath did with the Los Angeles Rams in 1977.--Adam Schefter

02/04/16, 11:44 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

Peyton Manning insists he's unsure if Super Bowl 50 will be his final game.


Pyro's take: Manning was asked by Marshall Faulk on Monday if this would be his last game.

"I don't know the answer to that," Manning replied.

"That was not pre-planned. It was a spontaneous reaction," Manning told the media. "Sometimes you just want to tell someone something man to man. It's better than via text or a handwritten letter or seeing them at a banquet. I told Brady the same thing previous to telling Belichick. And I understand there's people out there, but what I said is true -- this could be it and I'm aware it could be it...

"I wanted to tell both of them. I really have enjoyed these games, it's been part of my football life. ... Brady's gonna play until he's 70, Belichick is gonna coach till he's 90, maybe I hit the fountain of youth in the next couple months and play the next 10 years. Maybe we play in 10 more championships against each other. But in case we don't, I took the time to shake their hands, look them in the eye and I'm glad I did it."

02/03/16, 12:08 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.nola.com

Peyton Manning completed 17-of-32 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns


Pyro's take: One game away from retiring as a champion. Its been a rough season for the future Hall of Fame representative and its been hard for those that have watched his career unfold in front of your eyes.

He is more of an Alex Smith type player now with his short accurate passes and let the defense handle the rest.

01/24/16, 06:12 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Gary Kubiak confirms "nothing's changed" with his quarterback situation.


Pyro's take: Lindsay Jones via Twitter "As far as QBs, Kubiak said "nothing's changed." Manning could practice this week, but for now, Osweiler remains starter. Rinse, repeat.."

12/29/15, 08:40 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Osweiler to Play, Manning to Rehab


Pyro's take: The team said that Peyton is to focus on getting better. That leaves Osweiler to start on Monday night. I think they are leaving the door open for Manning to return nduring the NFL playoffs, Week 16, injury

12/27/15, 12:30 AM CST by M O

Peyton Manning (foot) will meet with coach Gary Kubiak on Monday


Pyro's take: Jame Palmer via Twitter "Peyton Manning and Gary Kubiak will meet later today. Plan will be in place by Wednesday to determine his practice status"

12/14/15, 05:55 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Peyton Manning could be ready for Sunday


Pyro's take: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning could resume on-field work on Wednesday, according to coach Gary Kubiak. Brock Osweiler will remain the team's starter this weekend against the Raiders.

12/07/15, 05:42 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.nfl.com

Peyton Manning will have the cast on his left foot removed this week.


Pyro's take: "The biggest question this week is really going to be about when the cast comes off — does it come off early this week or does it come off at the end of the week?" Kubiak said. "The progress has been good. The next step, when he comes out of it, is to get back into the rehab process into the field. We'll just take it a day at a time right now."

12/01/15, 12:00 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.denverpost.com

Peyton Manning (foot) isn't expected back "anytime soon."


Pyro's take: Kevin Seifert has reported via Twitter "Per @mortreport, Peyton Manning not expected to be healthy “anytime soon.” Maybe a month from a real Manning-Osweiler decision."

Peyton Manning can be dropped in all league formats

11/30/15, 01:46 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Manning injured and out for this week


Pyro's take: Head coach Gary Kubiak announced that Peyton Manning will be unable to play this week and Brock Osweiler will be the starting quarterback.

"[I] told the team this week that Peyton is not going to play," Kubiak said. "That Brock is going to play this week and that all of our full attention is going to be to getting Peyton back and healthy. That decision has been made. I know that's the best decision for him, to get him back and healthy, and we need to know where we're heading this week."

Manning, who has been listed on the injury report with right shoulder, foot and rib cage injuries over the past two weeks-Per ESPN

"I've got a couple different issues I've been dealing with," Manning said. "I just got back from getting an MRI on that rib cage area. I haven't gotten the results of that, but I think the week can help me try to get healthy in some of the things that I've been dealing with. Hopefully I can use it my advantage."

11/17/15, 02:36 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

Peyton Manning possible rib injury


Pyro's take: Troy Renck mentioned via Twitter "Kubiak took blame. Said when Manning had rib issue Saturday should have sat him. "I think I made a bad decision" Manning starter if healthy.

This was the worst game performance I have ever seen from Peyton Manning. Whether its a rib, a foot, a leg, he has been horrid for most of the season.

Look for Manning to continue to be under center against the Bears next week if he is healthy enough.

11/16/15, 02:39 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Breaks Record, then Told to Take a Seat


Pyro's take: Peyton did indid break the all time passing record with 71,838 yards, a mark previously held by Favre. However, his play that followed could hardly be considered "redord setting", or even note worthy. Manning, the all time record holder, was promptly shown a spot on the bench for Osweiler.

11/15/15, 06:02 PM CST by M O
Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

Peyton Manning's 72.5 quarterback rating is the second lowest amongst qualified passers.


Pyro's take: Peyton Manning's 72.5 quarterback rating is the second lowest amongst qualified passers. Only Ryan Mallett has a lower rating at 63.6 and Manning also has a 7:10 TD:INT ratio.

Whats that song Old Grey Mare "She aint what she used to be" Well its he, and the rest is fitting for the Future Hall of Fame quarterback.

10/21/15, 12:41 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Peyton Manning's 72.5 quarterback rating is the second lowest amongst qualified passers.


Pyro's take: Peyton Manning's 72.5 quarterback rating is the second lowest amongst qualified passers. Only Ryan Mallett has a lower rating at 63.6 and Manning also has a 7:10 TD:INT ratio.

Whats that song Old Grey Mare "She aint what she used to be" Well its he, and the rest is fitting for the Future Hall of Fame quarterback.

10/21/15, 12:41 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Peyton Manning arm looks diminished


Pyro's take: AFC pro director told NFL Network's Albert Breer that Peyton Manning's arm strength looks "significantly diminished."

Manning struggled in August. His passes didnt have zip and he would under throw receivers down the field. The Broncos are going to have to rely on the short and running game to be successful.

Peyton Manning may just be a game manager.

09/12/15, 01:14 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.nfl.com

Sheriff late on the draw

It took until the fourth quarter before Peyton Manning finally got things moving for the Broncos, and by then they were down 17-3. He finished the day with 31-of-49 passes for 303 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. The highlight was a masterful game-tying, 80-yard touchdown drive that was executed with no timeouts and 59 seconds on the clock. The Broncos went on to lose in overtime, 24-17.

Pyro's take: Peyton Manning is simply amazing, but he is on a bye-week, which means plan B for all owners. He will be back at it against the Cards in week five

09/24/14, 04:10 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.chatsports.com

Peyton's career numbers at Metlife underwhelming

Over the course of his 17-year career (16 years if you don't count his missing 2011 due to injury), Peyton Manning has played eight games at the Meadowlands/Metlife Stadium, which is the site for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Here are Manning's numbers over those eight games:

Record: 6-2 (1-0 w/Den, 5-2 w/Ind)

Passing: 186-for-311 (59.8% completion percentage)

TDs: 11 INTs: 9

Passing Yards: 2,010 (251.3/game)

300-yard games: 2

Rushes: 15
Rushing Yards: 37
Rushing TDs: 1

Pyro's take: The numbers probably don't tell us a whole heck of a lot here, especially since seven of those eight games were played between 1998 and 2006 while Manning was on the Indianapolis Colts.

However, the one other game he played in East Rutherford, New Jersey was in Week 2 of THIS season when the Broncos beat the New York Giants, 41-23. In that game, Manning went 30-for-43 (69.8%) for 307 yards, 2 TDs and 0 INTs.

Of course, the game-time temperature was 70 degrees with the wind blowing at an insignificant 3 mph, so very little can be taken away from this one as well.

01/26/14, 10:21 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Peyton's Place

Peyton Manning has more yards passing in his playoff career than the Seahawks do as a franchise

Pyro's take: War and Peace has a shorter page span than Manning and his statistics, but numbers are just numbers, and Peyton has to win probably one more Super Bowl to reinforce everything he has done. If he and the Broncos can knock off Seattle at MetLife, then he has permission to change his last name to GOAT.

01/20/14, 08:40 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Manning needs this win for his legacy

Their rivalry makes for the quintessential barroom debate. Manning, 37, probably will win his fifth league MVP award this year. He set NFL season records for touchdown passes and yards passing. But he's 1-for-2 in the Super Bowl. Brady? The 36-year-old QB has three title rings in five tries, as well as a significantly better playoff record than Manning, but lesser regular-season statistics.

Who's better? The debate will continue long after Sunday's game, but of this there is no uncertainty: Manning vs. Brady ranks among the all-time best sports rivalries.

"There's never been as frequent a matchup with this much marquee that I can think of. I think it transcends the NFL," said CBS broadcaster Jim Nantz, who will work Sunday's game. "And I'm not trying to get into hyperbole here. We're not going to get one more person to watch this game. It's something everyone wants to see. But this is tantamount to Ali-Frazier one more time. This is Palmer-Nicklaus. This is Bird-Magic. I'm not trying to create some sort of synthetic drama here. This is as big as it gets."

Pyro's take: Manning really needs to win this game to prevent his legacy from reading; One of the greatest quarterbacks in regular season history, who just came up short in the playoffs.

Peyton Manning has won a Super Bowl, but in comparison to Brady that just doesn't cut it. As far as playoff dominance goes Manning is more in line with Trent Dilfer than he is with Tom Brady. A win against Brady in the AFC Championship game would go a long way to removing that image from our minds.

Manning is attempting to finish his illustrious career the same was John Elway did, with a Super Bowl Championship. If Manning were to beat Brady and win the title this season, the talk will become who is the best of all time, not who is the best in the playoffs or regular season.

01/19/14, 12:40 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.denverpost.com

Petyton ready for showdown with the Chiefs

The game Sunday is the ultimate contest between the immovable object (Chiefs) and irresistible force (Broncos). The 9-0 Chiefs rank No. 1 in scoring defense and sacks. The 8-1 Broncos are No. 1 in total offense and points.

"It's big game because it's a division game," Manning said. "I know there's a lot of other things that go into it, but it's an AFC West game. It's our first time playing the Chiefs, and we play them two out of the three weeks, which is kind of unique from a scheduling standpoint. It's kind of different only playing our third division game this late in the season. That's why it's important."

Although the Broncos quarterback missed Wednesday's practice, if the Broncos were to play on Wednesday, he would be ready to go, he said. Peyton Manning will be ready for the Chiefs on Sunday, too, although neither he nor interim coach Jack Del Rio would give an exact timetable for his return to practice.

Pyro's take: Manning is dealing with a high ankle sprain, but it is going to take a lot more than that to keep him out of this game Sunday Night. Peyton has a way of stepping up when he plays on the National stage, and a divisional match-up for control of the division is the perfect setting for a Manning this week. The fact that he is dealing with an ankle sprain will only add to his legend. The Chiefs are in for a long night Sunday.

11/13/13, 07:08 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.denverpost.com