In response to jri37's comment:
In response to UD6's comment:
In response to TexasPat's comment:
Seemingly every other word coming from the football talking heads on the NFL Network are Peyton praises, such as, "Wow, can you imagine how good Peyton Manning will be this year, now that he's gotten a full season in Denver under his belt, and with the addition of Wes Welker??"
Isn't it also interesting that the Broncos drew the easiest schedule in the league, despite finishing with the best record in the AFC last year (13-3)? Is good ol' Jolly Roger Goodell propping up his choice for league poster boy, yet again?
With the hated Horseface the focal point of all football talk, it's getting increasingly difficult for Patriots' fans to watch ESPN, or the NFL Network.
There are many talking heads and plenty who have things to say well beyond Peyton Manning, but my question to you if you agree or disagree with them.
I happen to agree with them. 1) a full year in the system. 2) a full year with new receivers 3) the addition of welker. 4) a full year away from surgery and the knowledge and confidence to know that physically he can handle the sport 5) and maybe most important - another full year beyond the surgery to release pressure on the nerve causing pain and weakness in his throwing arm.
Nerves regenerate, but on their own time, and that time frame is different for different people. Its only natural to assume Manning will be physcally better next year than he was last year.
As for the schedule - they are determined years in advance with a some exceptions but are always formulaic. I thought you were a football savant and knew this (you sure talk like one). What's been known in advance are the divisions (AFC and NFC) that they would play. What was left up to the teams is where they finished in their division the prior year. The broncos contol their own destiny but no one elses. They will play a first place schedule. For you to attempt to portray the schedule as some kind of NFL conspiracy is certainly not beyond you (in fact it is apropos), but it is beneath anyone with an NFL brain unless they have an axe to grind. We all know the latter applies to you.
Its unfortunate but you've clearly lost your mojo over the past couple of years. Other than your weekly grades (and not always in that case), you are nothing more than an atagonist. A wannabe columnist without a legitimate venue or a paycheck.
But can he win outside in the cold??? Or make the big play in inclement weather???
Historically he does these things in the playoffs at a very low %. Does he not???
Perhaps I should answer these questions myself... I am being told I am UD6
JRI - here are the espn splits. Obviously these aren't the end all to your questions, but he appears to have a higher completion % both outdoors and when the temp is <40 degrees.
One of the things that is really interesting on this board given the pats failures over the last 8 years is how posters feel about Brady. There's still alot of defense of him although his play in those games has been suspect at best. A large number of regular posters and possibly a majority of those defend Brady while criticizing the defense. I maintain that the defenses Brady had when the pats won their championships were far far superior to the ones manning had and I believe they demonstrated that in those playoffs. Last year, Manning's offense scored 3 TD's in 5 degree outdoor weather while Brady's only scored 13 in better weather. Remember, Manning was in his 1st year post 4 surgeries that affected his throwing arm.
Ultimately, however, is whether or not one believes Manning will be better next year than last. I think he will.