QB-PEYTON MANNING (on how you make this game important)
"It's really not very hard. Our goal throughout the season has been to try and get better every week. That's what coach [Tony] Dungy's always emphasized, that's what Tom Moore really talks about offensively. You feel like if you get better and you have a good team and good players, you hope that the wins follow that. I can truly say we've been able to do that. I think we improved every week. That's the goal this week, to try to improve as a football team and hopefully that can result in us beating San Diego. It will be a tough challenge. Their record is not indicative of how good of a team they are."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on getting Edgerrin James the rushing title)
"I thought last year he certainly would have had it if he would have played against Denver. Edgerrin doesn't really share how much that means to him, but he's the best back in the league in my opinion and he's been outstanding all season for us. I think like Coach [Tony] Dungy said, I think it would be great for him to get. I think the offensive line would take a lot of pride in that. I know they did the two years he won it. It was a big deal for them, as it should be, and if it happens again it would be nice for those guys and well-deserving for him."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on the plans for the last three games)
"We haven't really thought about really beyond this game. I thought that was good that right after the win against Jacksonville, [Head Coach Tony Dungy] addressed the situation for this week and what the plan was going to be so that players would have an understanding of what the focus would be. This is just like every other week, a business like approach, a tough AFC game at home. I think that's been the theme of this team all year, to truly take it one week at a time. That's why we have been able to take care of business to this point. We've treated every opponent with the same respect."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on what concerns him about San Diego)
"They have excellent players, first and foremost. I know what kind of challenge our defense has in facing their offensive players. Their defense is outstanding, they're very active in all three phases and it's a tough test for us."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on if he's glad that Tony Dungy is his head coach in this situation)
"I'm glad he's my coach period. He's sticks to his philosophies and guys have followed that and guys have believed in his ways. I think we've improved every year since he's been our head coach. I think guys have bought into his philosophies of trying to be tops in turnover ratio and tops in penalties and try to play good special teams."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on if it's more important to finish 16-0 or healthy)
"I think it can be disrespectful if you're talking about two games from now to the team that you're playing, especially in the AFC.