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07:03 AM ET 05.30 | So much for a lazy NFL reentry via OTAs. Perhaps the No. 1 conversation topic in this Broncos' offseason has been about how fast the offense is trying to play. "This is Peyton Manning at his best because he's trying to learn a new system himself, implementing the no-huddle and a faster tempo," Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson said following organized team activities (OTAs) Wednesday. ... A faster tempo should mean more throws for the 37-year-old Manning who is now two years removed from a series of neck surgeries. One of Manning's favorite targets believes the quarterback is up for it. "We worked out at Duke in March or April and I definitely felt like he had more zip on the ball," said Broncos receiver Eric Decker. "I think he's come back stronger."

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May 30, 2013  07:50 AM ET

Visitors to Mile-High always have stamina problems dealing with the altitude. If the Broncos go up-tempo, it increases that advantage.

May 30, 2013  07:54 AM ET

It's a two edged sword DD visiters gasp an suck O2, then when the broncos travel they think they have jumped into an O2 pool. When I lived there and would visit in the flat lands at home I could run all day long.

May 30, 2013  08:06 AM ET

Both edges of that sword seem to work in Denver's favor. As much as I hate to say it, I think they're the team to beat in the AFC this year.

May 30, 2013  08:34 AM ET
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Both edges of that sword seem to work in Denver's favor. As much as I hate to say it, I think they're the team to beat in the AFC this year.

Peyton is stellar, but I see the same results he had many post-seasons with the colts.... Eat the regular season alive, but go out quietly in the playoffs.

May 30, 2013  08:46 AM ET
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Peyton is stellar, but I see the same results he had many post-seasons with the colts.... Eat the regular season alive, but go out quietly in the playoffs.

Who else, then? The Pats of late have a history of going into the playoffs beat-up and tired. The AFC North will be one of 3 teams, but they too will be beat up. Luck and the Colts have one more season before they're a serious contender. Houston never was a contender, and only made the playoffs in Indy's absence.

Denver can cruise to a playoff spot, and even rest their starters at the end of the season. They could end up with home field, too. They will be tough to beat.

May 30, 2013  08:49 AM ET

Oh! That Manning. One Ring. Well zippity Do Da for him.

May 30, 2013  08:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Who else, then? The Pats of late have a history of going into the playoffs beat-up and tired. The AFC North will be one of 3 teams, but they too will be beat up. Luck and the Colts have one more season before they're a serious contender. Houston never was a contender, and only made the playoffs in Indy's absence.Denver can cruise to a playoff spot, and even rest their starters at the end of the season. They could end up with home field, too. They will be tough to beat.

Denver needs to add one or more good size backs that can take the pressure off Manning in the playoffs. It seems his time to throw gets shortened and then he throws game killing late interceptions. If he's got that big back option that might help.

May 30, 2013  09:11 AM ET

The biggest advantage teams the home teams have here is around the first 15 minutes of a game here. The home team still has to be good. Bronco teams and Nugget teams didn't exactly set the world on fire at home the past 10 years until they got good. Obviously it didn't help the Av's at all..haha. Anyway....until Peyton can play well in cold weather the best hope is not have him play in cold weather.

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May 30, 2013  10:37 AM ET

Is there still a hitch to his Giddy- Up ? If Manning cannot avoid a pass rush, the only thing he'll need a strong arm for is getting himself upright off the turf.

May 30, 2013  10:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

As much as I hate to say it, I think they're the team to beat in the AFC this year.

Hard to disagree with that, especially concerning the regular season. In the playoffs, who knows.

May 30, 2013  11:25 AM ET
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Hard to disagree with that, especially concerning the regular season. In the playoffs, who knows.

It wasn't the offense that cost them the win against Baltimore.

May 30, 2013  11:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Oh! That Manning. One Ring. Well zippity Do Da for him.

1 more than the "great" Dan Marino.

May 30, 2013  11:53 AM ET
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It wasn't the offense that cost them the win against Baltimore.

Not the largest failing, but Peyton's final intercepted pass certainly didn't help.

May 30, 2013  11:55 AM ET
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1 more than the "great" Dan Marino.

Just thought I'd throw that out there. Heave something up and hope Duper or Clayton come down with it...

May 30, 2013  12:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Who else, then? The Pats of late have a history of going into the playoffs beat-up and tired. The AFC North will be one of 3 teams, but they too will be beat up. Luck and the Colts have one more season before they're a serious contender. Houston never was a contender, and only made the playoffs in Indy's absence.Denver can cruise to a playoff spot, and even rest their starters at the end of the season. They could end up with home field, too. They will be tough to beat.

If Matt Schaub gets more consistant, and Arian Foster stay healthy, I think the Texans can make some real noise this season....

May 30, 2013  12:14 PM ET
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Just thought I'd throw that out there. Heave something up and hope Duper or Clayton come down with it...

Remember that time he was hit and did a 720 in the air ?

May 30, 2013  12:47 PM ET
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If Matt Schaub gets more consistant, and Arian Foster stay healthy, I think the Texans can make some real noise this season....

Matt Schaub is already consistently mediocre. 2 playoff wins in 6 years for the Texans, and those were the post-Manning years for Indy.

Indy takes the AFC South. Houston might get a wild card if they can beat out one of the AFC North teams.

 
May 30, 2013  01:16 PM ET
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Is there still a hitch to his Giddy- Up ? If Manning cannot avoid a pass rush, the only thing he'll need a strong arm for is getting himself upright off the turf.

Not sure you know what you're talking about.

Manning has never been a very mobile QB. However, his average release-after-snap time is one of the fastest in the league, and always has been. That's how he avoids pass-rush. Arguably no one in the league progresses through reads faster than he does.

His O-line on the Colts from 2007 to 2010 was one of the weakest in the NFL. And yet Manning consistently ranked at the top of fewest sacks taken each season. All because of that release time.

None of this has changed with the Broncos.


Manning isn't without his kryptonite weaknesses (e.g. his well established trend for playing under his usual form in cold weather, which is obviously a problem come January playoff time), but taking too many sacks has never been one of them, regardless of any "hitch to his giddy-up".

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