Pey­ton Man­ning, quar­ter­back, Bron­cos

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Re­ports of Man­ning’s demise were greatly ex­ag­ger­ated. The 39-year-old strug­gled might­ily in the first six games of the sea­son, putting him­self un­der a na­tional mi­cro­scope. Against the Pack­ers, he looked like his all-pro self. En­joy­ing stel­lar pro­tec­tion, Man­ning dis­sected the Green Bay sec­ondary with the pre­ci­sion of a sur­geon. He threw the ball ef­fec­tively long, short, and every­thing in be­tween—but es­pe­cially on cross­ing routes to his ath­letic tight ends. Man­ning’s fi­nal stats were im­pres­sive: 21 of 29 for 340 yards with an in­ter­cep­tion. Most im­por­tant, he was in com­plete com­mand as the bal­anced Bron­cos sim­ply over­whelmed the Pack­ers with 500 yards of to­tal of­fense.

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