(Eds: Updates with quotes, details. With AP Photos.) By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer Knowing as well as anyone that time is no longer his friend, Peyton Manning went looking for a team last summer.
He gambled on the Denver Broncos, and when he signed the contract, the players who were already in Denver got the message: Their new quarterback thought the pieces were in place to win the Super Bowl, and win one quickly.
''You had a guy like Peyton. He had the opportunity to go several places,'' cornerback Champ Bailey said. ''You know he wants to win and he goes to the place that can help him win. It raises your expectations.''
On a nine-game winning streak and positioned for a first-round bye in the playoffs, it's safe to say the Broncos (11-3) are living up to what Manning hoped they would be.
They are not a team headed for the playoffs based on smoke and mirrors, the way many critics felt last year's team was with Tim Tebow at the helm. That team finished the season ranked 23rd...