QB-PEYTON MANNING (on a big Monday Night game and a lot at stake) Wednesday, October 18, 2007
"Yes. A big game. It's always big to play down there at Jacksonville. When the schedule came out, we noticed that all of our first three division games were out on the road, three games that we lost last year. We've had two tough wins on the road in the division so far. This will probably be our toughest test to date going down there to play."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on being able to set themselves apart a little bit) Wednesday, October 18, 2007
"Well, it's a big division game. All of them are big, but the fact that we're 5-0 and they're 4-1, it's two good teams playing against each other. But as we've always talked about, these division games are doubly important, and there's a lot on the line for both teams."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on if it is accurate to say this is the best division in football right now) Wednesday, October 18, 2007
"It surely seems like it, I guess based on the records. I think Jacksonville is playing as well as any team in the league right now, especially defensively. You see it on film, they are very stingy, hardly giving up any touchdowns and just making teams go the long route. So it will be a tough test for us."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on Jacksonville's defense being pretty much the same as it has been in the past) Wednesday, October 18, 2007
"It's really for the most part the same players. They have two new safeties who are actually playing really well right now and a big reason their defense is playing so solid. But a lot of the same characters that you see every single season, (Mike) Peterson, (Marcus) Stroud, (John) Henderson, guys that are making a lot of plays for them. It will be a real tough test moving the ball."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on if this is just another division game or a rivalry game) Wednesday, October 18, 2007
"It's always a matter of playing against a really good team. I think every game is a big game. I don't really know what's a rivalry and what's not. I know the fact that every time we've played them either here or there, it's always been a tough game, and if we've been fortunate enough to win in the past, it's always been a very hard-earned win. Every time you move the ball against these guys, you convert a third down or you punch one in the end zone in the red zone, you feel like you've done something well. It's always a lot of work, and that's mainly because of how good their defense is."