Found September 10, 2012 on
5TH QUARTER MAGAZINE:
All eyes were on Denver today as the Broncos took on the Steelers in Peyton Manning‘s first start in over a year. So how did he do? I don’t want to get ahead of myself here, but Peyton Manning looked like his old self again as he led his new team to a victory.
It took a while to get used to seeing him in his new colors, but Manning looked great against Pittsburgh‘s tough defense. It took him a while to find his groove, but when he tossed a 71 yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas in the 3rd quarter, Peyton was officially back.
Just like the old days, Manning was making methodical drives down the field, reading the defense and calling new plays at the line. When all was said and done, he had racked up 253 yards and 2 touchdowns. His first touchdown to Thomas was his 400th career passing touchdown, making him only the third quarterback ever to hit that milestone.
The season is still young, but it will be interesting to see what the Broncos do in a weak AFC West division. If Peyton can stay healthy and play like he did tonight, Denver will be in a good spot.
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