January 20, 2010 |
What the Indianapolis Colts need to do to defeat the New York Jets in the AFC championship game Sunday (noon, Channel 2): Let 18 be 18 Not only is he the smartest quarterback in the game, Peyton Manning knows as much about football as any coach out there. Jets players have said he can walk up to the line of scrimmage, take a look at the defense, and point out what every player is going to do. So the Colts need to let him do his thing, and they will. Never mind the fact that Indianapolis has the league's 32nd-ranked rush offense; it is not a running team, and makes no pretenses about that.
January 22, 2010 |
If Peyton Manning ever compares his record four most-valuable-player awards, the honor this season might come out on top. He didn't throw for 49 touchdowns as he did in 2004, but if there was ever a season in which Manning best embodied the award, it was this one, when the Indianapolis Colts rebuilt their offense on the fly. Now they're one victory shy of a second trip to the Super Bowl with Manning, facing the upstart New York Jets in Sunday's AFC...
December 16, 2010 |
There's something about Archie Manning's easygoing drawl that makes you think nothing gets him too bothered. But don't be fooled. He's as antsy as you might expect the father of two NFL quarterbacks to be at this time of year, especially with Peyton and Eli Manning heading into the biggest games of the season. Archie and Olivia Manning will be in Indianapolis on Sunday to watch Peyton and the Colts in a do-or-die game against Jacksonville. In their direct line of vision will be a TV tuned to the New York Giants game going on at the same time, with Eli facing Philadelphia for first place in the NFC East.
October 12, 2009 |
Peyton Manning threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns Sunday night, and Indianapolis never trailed in beating AFC South rival Tennessee, 31-9, for its NFL-best 14th consecutive regular-season victory. Manning joined Kurt Warner and Steve Young as the only NFL quarterbacks to open a season by throwing for at least 300 yards in the first five games. Manning reached another milestone when he threw a first-quarter touchdown pass, the 343rd of his career, to end a tie with Fran Tarkenton and move into third place behind Brett Favre and Dan Marino.
January 19, 2006
'Probably the only good thing that's happened to a Manning boy in the last week is Eli killed an 11-point buck last Friday.' -- Archie Manning, after his quarterback sons Eli (Giants) and Peyton (Colts) lost their playoff games
January 1, 2005
Records are made to be broken and I'm happy for Peyton Manning. However, perhaps there should be an asterisk next to Manning's touchdown passes mark because of how the pro game has changed in the last decade or so. The NFL is nothing more than a game of catch between the quarterback and the receiver. The hash marks have been moved, opening up the entire field. The defensive backs can no longer make contact. And offensive linemen can use their hands to block. Imagine, you can't touch the receiver and you give the modern QB more time to throw.