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Was Manning's arm strength the issue?

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07:50 AM ET 01.15 | The memory of Peyton Manning being intercepted after throwing across his body will long play in the minds of Broncos fans, but a wobbly third-down pass to Brandon Stokley in OT hinted at a theme. That throw, combined with an utter lack of vertical passing from Denver, created a lot of talk centered around whether Manning's arm strength was a problem in the bitter cold. Steve Wyche of NFL.com relayed from one Ravens source that safety Ed Reed played in the deep center field the entire game. The Ravens were daring Manning to go deep, but he didn't test them. Ravens cornerback Corey Graham, who picked off Manning twice, said Manning's patience to dink and dunk gave the Ravens confidence.

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January 15, 2013  08:05 AM ET

I saw it reported somewhere that Manning wore a glove because the cold aggravated the nervie issues in his throwing hand and affected his grip on the ball. I think there's little question the cold was a problem for him.

Back when Manning first chose Denver, I was very surprised to see him pick a non-dome team. That might've been a huge mistake.

January 15, 2013  08:09 AM ET

If the defense did their job, Manning's arm would never be in question.

January 15, 2013  08:11 AM ET

He got better as the game went along... But some of those passes in the 1st quarter has absolutely nothing on them.

January 15, 2013  08:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

If the defense did their job, Manning's arm would never be in question.

What about Manning doing his job ?

January 15, 2013  08:15 AM ET
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He got better as the game went along... But some of those passes in the 1st quarter has absolutely nothing on them.

Agreed. He looked liked he'd just gone nine innings at the beginning.

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January 15, 2013  08:21 AM ET
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If the defense did their job, Manning's arm would never be in question.

It is hard to justify that safety letting a receiver get behind him in that situation. Still, that was one ugly pick Manning threw. Just a bonehead decision.

January 15, 2013  08:26 AM ET
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Back when Manning first chose Denver, I was very surprised to see him pick a non-dome team. That might've been a huge mistake.

Yeah, his historical lack of success in the playoffs has a lot to do with having to play outdoors late in the season. While the altitude in Denver is a distinct advantage to the home team, a cold winter day anywhere is a distinct disadvantage to Peyton Manning.

It was, however, an unusually cold day at Mile High. Seriously bad luck for Manning the Elder.

January 15, 2013  08:30 AM ET
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why didn't manning go to the no-huddle more? high altitude, thin air...should have used that advantage against the ravens more with the no-huddle

Manning's no huddle isn't like Brady's.... The Pat's no huddle is more traditional, whereas they call a play quickly... Peyton lines up the players quickly like a no-huddle... But then calls about 50 audibles before the play clock expires.

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January 15, 2013  08:34 AM ET
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I saw it reported somewhere that Manning wore a glove because the cold aggravated the nervie issues in his throwing hand and affected his grip on the ball. I think there's little question the cold was a problem for him.Back when Manning first chose Denver, I was very surprised to see him pick a non-dome team. That might've been a huge mistake.

I think he's now 0-5 when playing in weather under 40 degrees.

January 15, 2013  08:34 AM ET

Between being Old, Cold and weak arm, things got worse and the game went on!!!!!!

January 15, 2013  08:43 AM ET

Manning wasn't the problem. It was the secondary and John Fox's timid decision near the end of regulation. The smarter, bolder team won. That's all.

January 15, 2013  08:50 AM ET
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What about Manning doing his job ?

I don't think he had deep responsibility on any pass plays.

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January 15, 2013  09:04 AM ET
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I don't think he had deep responsibility on any pass plays.

Maybe he shouldn't have thrown the ball then...

January 15, 2013  09:05 AM ET
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The only one Eli knows is, "Omaha!!!...... Omaha!!"

January 15, 2013  09:20 AM ET
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Red fox! Red fox! 58 is the mic! Omaha 38! hut hut 58 is the mic! Alabama shift! hut! Omaha 38! Red Fox! Hike! (sack)

~HAHA~

 
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