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Peyton Manning 'certainly better' than he was in 2012

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04:09 PM ET 04.14 | Umm, maybe NFL defenses should be scared. Peyton Manning feels he wasn't playing up to his potential in 2012, despite being one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the league and leading the Denver Broncos to an AFC West title. "Obviously, I still can perform kind of status quo, but I still have hopes and (am) determined to try to seek some more improvement. But, yeah, I'm certainly better than I was last year. But I'm still not quite where I was before I was injured." That's not good news for anybody who has to go up against Manning. He threw for 4,659 yards and 37 touchdowns -- sixth and third in the league -- as the Broncos won 13 games. It's tough to imagine how Manning can improve on that at 37 years old in 2013, but now he has Wes Welker, arguably the league's best possession receiver, and someone who should tear apart opponents out of the seam.

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April 14, 2013  05:20 PM ET

You worry too much about age, 37 is the new 28

April 15, 2013  09:57 AM ET

One of the early AFC favorites to be in the superbowl. Better on defense; cake walk thru their division...look out!

April 15, 2013  11:19 AM ET

So he's cured his panic in the post season and his overall poor play? This is the qb with the worst post-season record. He's the king of one-and-nones in the post season; even his little brother has more rings than he does. All those years with the allegedly great Colts team and he has only one SB ring. Like his boss in Denver he's great with the personal stats but not so good in the post season where each game matters the most.

 
April 16, 2013  01:08 PM ET

Last season he ran into the thresher that was the very determined Ravens. If he gets another situation where all his playoff games are at home, and he's running the hurry-up in outer space, he might have a pretty good shot at getting into the big game.

I doubt he's gonna rest or give up until he has at least as many rings as Eli. In his mind, he probably needs 1 more than Eli.

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