QB-PEYTON MANNING (on if he is ready to go this week) * *
"Yes, I'm ready to go. I'm glad the opening game is finally here. It's hard to believe there is a game tomorrow night. The Giants and Redskins play tomorrow night. We played in that game last year. I'm looking forward to playing Sunday night on prime-time TV, and it'll be a great challenge playing against the Bears."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on how much different the Bears are from the Super Bowl team)
"Just like we are. There's different personnel, although they really have a lot of the same guys on defense. They got a couple of guys back that were injured in that game, (DT-Tommie) Harris and (DE-Alex) Brown, which will definitely help them. They are still a very sound defense with their ability to create a lot of turnovers and being fast to the football. It makes you as an offense execute, be sound in what you do, really try to protect the football, so it'll be a real challenge to move the ball."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on if he thinks they can get the running game back to 2006 playoff form)
"It always helps to have the running game going. For us to be at our best, we want to be balanced. We don't want a team to put us in a one-dimensional mode. We want to be able to, on any down and distance, drop back and pass or run the ball or run play action and try to keep a defense on its heels. That'll be important, especially at the beginning of the season. You want to establish Joe (Addai) and Dom(inic Rhodes) in the running game. That usually opens up some other things in the offense."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on if there are things he can do to help young starters on the OL)
"I think, just like when any other injury comes up, the older, veteran players have to help them out. (TE) Dallas (Clark) has to help them out with some calls, (OT-Ryan) Diem, (OT) Tony (Ugoh) – who's still a young guy, but has been around for going on two years now – he has to help those guys and I have to do whatever I can to help those guys. Like you've heard Coach (Tony) Dungy say many times, we can't slow down because somebody's not in there. The guys who are the backups have to know the offense, have to know the checks, the audibles. We still have to be able to run our normal offense and that'll be the case this Sunday."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on what the opener will be like after missing the pre-season)
"It's going to be different. I've used the term unchartered territory and that's what it's been all pre-season for me. I just hope to have a good week of practice this week and get back in the flow of things. Hopefully, I can go out there Sunday and play at a high level. You're somewhat in the unknown a little bit, but I can just go with what I'm allowed to do and this is the time I'm allowed and try to make the most of it. One thing I won't do is talk about what time I've missed or what's happened in the past. It's really irrelevant. But, this is an important week of practice from a preparation standpoint and for me to get out there and have a full week and run the offense and get back in the flow of things."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on if receiving snaps from someone different is a challenge)
"It's always a challenge. I had an old coach tell me that the number one thing on every play is to ensure the snap, so it's pretty basic, fundamental football. But, you do put a little more emphasis on it and try to be sure you get the snap. I feel we'll be in good shape in that regard."
QB-PEYTON MANNING (on if it's important to get back in a game-week routine)
"That's what we are into. I'm still dealing with some rehab things that alter that a little bit, but that's just what I'm having to deal with right now. We certainly are in a heavy preparation mode, heavy film study. That's what I've always known from a preparation standpoint. I'll be able to continue that. That's th