QB-Peyton Manning Locker Room Quotes

  QB-PEYTON MANNING (on facing a Denver defense that has allowed just two touchdowns) “They certainly are impressive.  They’re playing well.


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QB-PEYTON MANNING (on facing a Denver defense that has allowed just two touchdowns)

"They certainly are impressive.  They're playing well.  They have really good players.  Everybody wants to know, 'Why are they playing so well?'  They have good players across the board, one of the fastest linebacking crews in the league as far as their speed, excellent cover corners, good tackling corners and two top-notch safeties.  So, it will be a tough test for us."

QB-PEYTON MANNING (on how well he knows this team with the recent history)

"We have played against them a few times, but haven't played against them in the regular season in a couple of years now.  It still comes down to the execution.  You're going to run certain plays they haven't seen before, they're going to play certain defenses that we haven't seen before, but it's still going to come down to who can block and tackle better, who can get open and who can make plays.  Hopefully, we can do that well."

QB-PEYTON MANNING (on if the 2002 overtime win in Denver was one of his most memorable)

"I think it was for a lot of players.  There's something about playing in snow and going into overtime, and to get the win out there, that was a special win.  We kind of hung in there the entire time and made some critical plays in the fourth quarter, and then, nobody's ever going to kick a tying field goal and a game-winning field goal like Mike (Vanderjagt) did, 55 (yards) and 53 (yards) in that weather.  That was a fun win, no question about it."

QB-PEYTON MANNING (on if the altitude is an issue in Denver)

"I haven't noticed it to be a factor in the times I've played out there.  The factor is that they have good players, a tough place to play, loud, great fan support.  But they have great players; that's what makes it a tough place to play."

QB-PEYTON MANNING (on the stretch of games coming up being a test)

"It's going to test us this week in Denver.  I know certain guys could probably tell you who we play in the next couple of weeks, but I think most guys really couldn't, because they are that focused on this team.  When the schedule game out, we knew when this game was, because you just know Denver every year is going to be a top-notch team.  With the kind of coach they have in Coach (Mike) Shanahan, they're always going to be ready to play.  So this is really all we're thinking about at this point, trying to get better during this week and go out and try to pick up a tough road win."

QB-PEYTON MANNING (on how eye-opening the numbers Denver's defense is putting up are)

"It's very impressive.  Just the fact that they're keeping teams out of the end zone, that's the one that jumps out at me.  All of the other passing and rushing statistics are impressive, but if you're keeping teams out of the end zone, you're probably winning a lot of football games.  That's what they're doing and their defense is playing top-notch right now."

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