HOUSTON Wade Phillips took a preemptive strike at the "Peyton Manning is finished" angle Thursday.
"I know it's going to be asked so I'm going to go ahead and make my statement," the Houston Texans defensive coordinator said. "Peyton Manning looks like the same guy he's always been."
No sense poking the bear, even if it does have a neck injury.
But this, of course, is the big question as the Texans (2-0) prepare for their game against the Denver Broncos (1-1) Sunday in Denver. Manning missed all of last season with a neck injury, signed with the Broncos and looked terrific in his debut game, going 19-for-26 for 253 yards and two touchdowns in a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Then came Week 2 in Atlanta, and Manning looked very much like a 36-year-old man with a neck injury, throwing three interceptions in the first quarter and showing no ability to push the ball down the field as he always had in what will be a Hall of Fame career.
Maybe this makes Phillips and the Texa...