Originally posted by CorvaNinerFan:
After seeing him play at Mile High Stadium yesterday against our Niners, the Denver media is talking "maybe 13 wins" this season. While he did look good, we were playing a very vanilla defense against him. My son and I got the impression Harbaugh wasn't concerned with Peyton completing passes downfield. His main objective was to avoid serious injuries in the 100 + F degree heat on the field and the always-present altitude. He did get rocked with one hit...but that's only (by their accts) the 2nd big hit in the preseason. He'll take many more once the bell rings...and if he goes down for any length of time, Denver's in big trouble. His b/u is Caleb Hanie...not very impressive. Backing him up is the rookie Ostweiler, who looked every bit the part. Of course, the Denver media is over-hyping Manning and his impact on the team. He'll definitely improve their offense, no question, but to be seriously talking Super Bowl is pretty far-fetched.
You gotta compare this Denver team to the '06/'09 Colts....the only way to make any sort of realistic comparison IMO since that was the only team capable of defeating Brady and the Patriots (and still almost didn't).
Peyton while a great regular season QB has yet to show consistent post season dominance perhaps because Colts deficiencies became exposed during the playoffs.
Can this Denver team run as well/better than those Colts?
Does this Denver team stop the run as well/better than those Colts?
If you answer yes, to both then there's a chance that Peyton could carry them. You never know, we could be looking at another team he carries.