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.
The fans behind the south end zone who earlier had a great view of Peyton Manning’s heart-skipping effort to tackle cornerback Brandon Flowers held up their index fingers as the final seconds ticked away on Denver’s 38-3 rout of the Kansas City Chiefs.
If he wants, Peyton Manning can use all that time at home to crank up the DVD player and watch the highlights.
It’s taken Demaryius Thomas two seasons to become a legitimate No. 1 receiver, but he’s certainly arrived this year.
In a league where injuries can make or break a team’s season, it’s Denver’s lack of them, along with its ability to replace the few players who do go out, that has turned the Broncos into legitimate Super Bowl contenders with a nine-game winning streak.
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.
Demaryius Thomas is the biggest wide receiver Peyton Manning has ever played with, and he’s coming up bigger and bigger by the week.
The Denver Broncos are as complete a team as the NFL has to offer, with Peyton Manning’s pinpoint passes and Von Miller’s sack-strips setting the tone for a squad that hasn’t lost in two months.
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.
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.