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Old 10-30-2006, 09:54 PM   #288
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Looks like Rod agrees with me. I'll take that.



Peyton second only to Elway
By Jim Armstrong
Denver Post Staff Columnist

Where should we rate Peyton Manning among the NFL's all-time greats? Rod Smith, when asked if Manning was the best he had ever seen: "No ... Seven. But you know what? He's real freakin' close. He's amazing." ...
That's seven, as in John Elway, who, for the record, never completed 32 out of 39 on the road against a defense that had allowed 44 points in six games. ...

Tony Dungy, when asked how the Colts could keep winning with such a shaky defense, "You can't overemphasize how good the quarterback is." Gee, ya think? ...

Tell you what. I've covered the Broncos since 1984, and Manning's performance in the Colts' 34-31 W was the best I've seen by an opposing quarterback in Denver. The only one remotely close that comes to mind was Jacksonville's Mark Brunell, who almost single-handedly beat the Bronx in the 1996 playoffs. ...

In case your calculator doesn't count that high, that's 124 points - 41.3 per - the Broncos have allowed in their past three encounters with Manning, not counting his cameo appearance at the end of the 2004 season at Invesco. ...

Nick Ferguson, desperately trying to put a positive spin on things, "If we look at our past performances against this team, even though we didn't win ... we fared better against them in this game than we had in the past." ...

Yes, the Colts are undefeated, but don't even think about calling them the best team in the league. Not with that run defense. Fact: Indy has outscored its opponents by 52 points. The Bears, also 7-0, have outscored their opponents by 152. ...

Apparently the Sports Illustrated cover jinx is spreading. The Broncos' loss came a matter of days after a story near the back of the magazine pumping up the Denver defense. ...

How much pressure was Manning putting on the Broncos defense? John Lynch was forced to call two timeouts out of concern for the Broncos' alignment against the hurry-up offense. ...

If the Broncos' pass rushers want to see what Manning looks like, they'll have to watch one of his TV commercials. He threw 39 times and wasn't sacked all day long. ...

Ebenezer Ekuban, on being demoralized by Manning: "Especially when you're one or two steps from him. Any other quarterback would just hold on to the ball or just throw it out of bounds, but he seems to make those hard completions. Throws that you think nobody else can make, Peyton Manning can make. That's where he got us today. Give him credit, man. Phenomenal job." ...

Jake Plummer played perhaps his best game of the season, but facts are facts. His fumble on the Broncos' 12-yard line turned out to be the difference in the game. ...

Reggie Wayne, when asked about the significance of the Colts being 7-0: "Hey, we were 13-0 last year." ...

Memo to Cecil Sapp: Probably not a good idea to spike the ball on the 1-yard line. If the officials had thrown a flag, the Barney Fife vein in Mike Shanahan's neck was coming out. ...

By the way, Sapp's 39 yards on two carries were more than he had gained in an entire season. His career high for a season had been 32. ...
The Colts scored 28 points in the second half. The Broncos before Sunday had allowed 26 second-half points all season. ...

If you're wondering how the Tennessee Tin Men held the Colts to 14 points - at Indy, no less - you're not alone. "We've been playing such good football all year," Ekuban said. "When you have the Tennessee Titans and other teams holding them to 14 or 17 and we gave up 34, that's what really eats at you." ...

It gets lost in the shuffle, but the Broncos' play-action worked better than it has all season. Stuff happens when you make some plays and opposing defenses have to respect your passing game. ...

The final word, courtesy of Smith: "We've got to swallow this big pill right here and then come back, be hard on ourselves and find a way to get better."

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