QB-PEYTON MANNING (on if the team used the bye week to get reinforced for the stretch run)
"Well, we hope so. That was kind of the idea, especially from a health standpoint to get some guys back. And it sounds like that may be the case. We sure hope so. It's a good time to get some physical and mental rest, and hopefully at the same time improving as a football team. Hopefully we can do that again this week, have a good week and go out and play well on Sunday."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on the Washington Redskins)
"They have great football players. They've had some games where they easily could have won and it came down to a series here or there. But, good talent across the board, especially on defense, so that's what we're getting ready for and we have a good challenge."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on it working both ways, but if it helps playing someone out of your division and someone not so familiar with you)
"That's the main thing, is it does work both ways. Obviously, they do some things that we are not familiar with, but you hope that affects them as well. But it's definitely different in playing a team that you haven't played in quite some time and has different players and different schemes. It does take some getting used to. You realize the Cowboys and the Eagles and the Giants are going to be more familiar with the Redskins than we are, but you hope it works both ways and it still comes down to the basic fundamentals and seeing who can execute the best."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on the addition of DT-Anthony McFarland)
"We're excited to have him. I've known him through the years. He's an LSU guy. I've played against him, and anytime you can add good football players to this team, that's a real plus. I know the trading deadline was yesterday, and it shows a real commitment on our management's part to make this the best team that we can. At the same time, everybody else needs to keep doing their job as well. But hopefully, he will be in here at least for tomorrow's practice and certainly from a system standpoint, he ought to be able to pick it right up. (Head) Coach (Tony) Dungy drafted him (in 1999 in Tampa Bay) and he's familiar with Coach Dungy's defensive system. So, we're looking for him to come in and help right away and help out on Sunday."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on taking any precautions coming out of the bye week to not start slow)
"I think that's kind of the natural thought process, that teams coming off the bye aren't going to be quite as sharp. But we really plan to have a really good week of practice this week, and I still think the way you pl