John Elway insisted that every one of the Denver Broncos was better the second Peyton Manning put his signature on that nearly $100 million contract last spring.
Manning was the man in 2012, one of a select few truly elite quarterbacks, which was miraculous given the health issues that plagued him in 2011.
From Peyton Manning overcoming four neck surgeries to Adrian Peterson’s rebound from a shredded knee to Chuck Pagano’s fight with leukemia, this has been the Year of the Comeback in the NFL.
Eric Decker was the first of Peyton Manning’s workout buddies, sneaking onto high school football fields in the spring to work on his rhythm and rapport with his new quarterback.
When things weren’t clicking at the beginning of the season, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos spent most of their time looking at the film and working out the kinks on the practice field – and very little time focusing on the standings.
The last time the Denver Broncos won a game in Baltimore, a baby-faced John Elway was making his second NFL start and producing his first career fourth-quarter comeback.
Peyton Manning has been everything Broncos fans expected of him and more. Just ask wide receivers Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas. Manning has changed their careers.
Peyton Manning could be missing two of his wide receivers this week, while the Denver defense may be without important linebacker Wesley Woodyard when the team goes to Oakland to play the woeful Raiders this Thursday.
So much is made of what Peyton Manning’s passes look like after four neck operations and a season away from football. No matter, they’re almost always on target.
Denver Broncos Brandon Stokley, Robert Ayers Questionable for Sunday’s Game Versus Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Broncos may be without important players on both sides of the football this Sunday as Brandon Stokley and Robert Ayers are both questionable for this week’s game for unique reasons.