On Sunday night Peyton completed 19-26 passes for 253 yards and two TDs one of which was to his former Colts teammate of his, Jacob Tamme. His performance was much better than Eli’s, who really let my fantasy team down last week (he wasn’t the only one…I got smoked). Even in the thin, mile-high air of Sports Authority Field at Mile High (and you thought Lucas Oil was a mouthful) he managed to execute the no-huddle offense with ease throughout most of the second half. He even scrambled for ten yards and the first down. Since when does Peyton Manning run? I will admit I was a little worried the two times he got sacked but he got right back up like he had played all of last year. I’m still a little leery of how many big hits he can take but only time will tell. However, I think the Broncos might go far this year.
You can expect any offense with Peyton Manning at the helm to be high power so the real test to how far they make it lies to the defense and staying healthy. After watching Sunday’s game I will say that the Broncos defense impressed me especially by sacking Ben Roethlisberger five times and picking him off once. The addition of former Indiana Hoosier and New Orleans Saint Tracy Porter really strengthens the Broncos secondary in my opinion. Colts fans will remember him as the Saint who picked off Peyton to seal the Super Bowl win. In the end it always comes down to staying healthy. If Peyton and the rest of the starters can stay healthy I would suspect the Broncos to have a very successful season including a potentially deep run into the playoffs.
Anyways, it is good to see Peyton back at it and succeeding, even if it was only for one game. I hope the Broncos continue to win because they are fun to watch. I am also glad that my Manning jersey is still somewhat relevant. Don’t worry though, while I’ll root for him and the Broncos since I now call Denver home, I will still claim the Colts as my team, even if they have an abysmal season (I am a Cubs fan after all). Speaking of the Cubs, the Darwin Barney errorless games streak is now up to 128 games and counting. The only record ahead of him is the MLB record of 141 consecutive errorless games set by Placido Polanco of the Detroit Tigers in 2007. Alright, it’s late and I’m going to lose two hours of my day tomorrow as I head east and down. Happy Friday everyone and have a great weekend!