The era of dominance has once again reared its head in the Mile High City. A sense of urgency looms on the horizon. Swagger has made its mark and the beginning of a journey back to greatness has taken its first step.
The return of the glory days, or as Denver Broncos fans like to call it, Mile High Magic has reemerged in the great state of Colorado in the form of our former nemesis, Peyton Manning.
As a Bronco fan, there were too many times that Manning would dissect our defense and make us realize that we were truly not ready for him and had no business being in a playoff game against anyone, that we squandered our wins in the regular season for a test we did not study for. The red carpet was always rolled out for Manning and fitting enough. He may only have one Super Bowl ring, but the Mile High Magicians have other tricks up their sleeve to ensure that hardware is added to his collection.
The Broncos have decided that winning now is the formula. I agree. John Elway bet his reputation, Pat Bowlen’s fortune and the entire fan base on the hope that a man with four neck surgeries will be able to perform to the ability that has earned him four league MVP awards. Peyton Manning is the only player to ever achieve such a milestone. Those of us in Bronco’s nation would like to think that after last night’s dominance of the Steelers that a fifth is in the making.
Let’s look at the numbers.
Peyton Manning was 19/26 with for 253 yards with two touchdowns. One of those was to a receiver who seems to own the Pittsburgh secondary. Demaryius Thomas caught a screen pass that took him down the field in lengthy fashion as it did in January when the Broncos beat the Steelers on the first play of overtime. That was Tim Tebow and this is Peyton Manning. The Steelers know his capabilities. Ike Taylor and D.T. are quite close and yet, once again, he scorched them on a play that resulted in plenty of YAC. Perhaps extra film time today is in order for the Steelers defense. You may see D.T. again in the playoffs, and if you do, remember, they have a much better QB this time.
Peyton was flawless in his first official game as a Denver Bronco. Would you expect any less? As a fan, of course not! Being objectionable, the neck is the major concern and of course, his overall health. Peyton did take a ferocious shot by Jason Worilds that even made Pat Bowlen’s bank account shake a little, but the warrior that we know and have adopted as our own, bounced right back up and continued to dehumanize the defense that had no plan for the no huddle. At one point, Troy Polamalu was on the sideline sucking O2, and this was in the beginning of the game. In true Manning fashion, he owned the defense. It did not matter that it was Pittsburgh it mattered that has still has it. That he is a clock master and that he can stare down the beast that is Troy Polamalu, that he can change the play because he now knows what is coming, that he can disrupt the blitz package with a timeout and then STILL comes back to own you.
This is the perfection we so desired in Denver. Being a contender is something we are not used to since the late 90′s, without first football messiah; John Elway.
So it is fitting that our hero from the past, hires the current hero for the future. Together their greatness will shine and prove that we are primed to win now. Super Bowl ring maker, that is two “N”’s in MANNING. Make sure you get it right!
Welcome back to football Peyton Manning!
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