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Peyton plays full half, throws two picks

Peyton Mannng, K.J. Wright AP

Slowly but surely, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is getting himself ready for the games that count.

Even though it’s still not entirely sure how he’ll look when Week One rolls around.

Playing an entire half on Saturday night in Denver against the Seahawks, Manning completed 15 of 22 passes for 177 yards.  But he threw two interceptions and no touchdown passes.

Perhaps the best news is that he was knocked to the ground once, and he got right up and kept going.

Although Manning led a pair of scoring drives that covered more than 65 yards, Manning tried on one specific second-quarter series of plays to throw the ball down the field several times.  First, he lofted it roughly 50 yards — not a bomb by any means, but for a guy with supposed arm-strength issues it’s significant.  Unfortunately for Manning, the ball badly sailed past the intended target.  Later, Manning floated one over the receiver, and it was intercepted.

The end result for Peyton was a passer rating of 55.9.  That’s more than 15 points below his career low for a full season, which also happened to be his rookie season in Indianapolis.

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51 Responses to “Peyton plays full half, throws two picks”
  1. yelix says: Aug 18, 2012 11:16 PM

    If he’s floating passes and missing deep targets, that’s not a great sign. Still, it sounds like he looked fine overall. I think he’ll be alright.

  2. stonecoldsays says: Aug 18, 2012 11:16 PM

    I hope he remembers how to cut that meat because his new occupation will be working as a butcher and that’s the bottom line because Stone Cold said so.

  3. magicbucs says: Aug 18, 2012 11:18 PM

    Uh ohhh. Let’s hope it’s just rust. If not the horse tooth GM made an expensive blunder.

  4. jlb10 says: Aug 18, 2012 11:24 PM

    the 2 passes that floated and a few others looked terrible. wounded ducks. he had a td dropped but it was a bit behind tamme and it was a duck and not a long throw either
    its going to be funny here in denver when buyer’s remorse starts setting in

  5. ern215 says: Aug 18, 2012 11:29 PM

    Too bad that someone didn’t bust his helmet open

  6. captainqueef says: Aug 18, 2012 11:34 PM

    Yeah, magicbucs because Tebow is lighting it up in New York. A rusty, shell of a Peyton Manning is still light years ahead of Tebow (but don’t tell them that in Bristol)

  7. catquick says: Aug 18, 2012 11:35 PM

    He hit TE Tamme wide open in the EZ, but Tamme dropped a gimme. The last drive, a 2 minute job, he looked like the Manning of old

  8. descendency says: Aug 18, 2012 11:36 PM

    Whenever the Broncos figure out their redzone woes, Manning will look good again.

    The two redzone picks are highly uncharacteristic for Manning, but the rest of the game he looked quite ‘normal’.

  9. bhorn1240 says: Aug 18, 2012 11:39 PM

    No Zip on his balls. wounded ducks. He used to throw lasers.

  10. diggsyitup says: Aug 18, 2012 11:43 PM

    You really had to watch the game, otherwise this looks awful. One of his picks was deflected/batted down into the arms of a lineman. Not entirely his fault. The second pick was overthrown and entirely his own fault.

    Otherwise, he put together a really good drive for a FG with no incompletions on that drive. To end the second quarter, he worked a two minute drill to near perfection in a typical hurry-up offense for Peyton Manning. His TE dropped his touchdown pass, it was perfectly thrown.

    So a little rust, but he looked good, really comfortable, and got right back up after being hit. I wouldn’t be writing him off just yet.

  11. superseahawk says: Aug 18, 2012 11:45 PM

    50 yards in the air yards isn’t considered a bomb?

  12. floridaboy619 says: Aug 18, 2012 11:46 PM

    Stonecoldsays is the most ignorant person I’ve seen on here, the ignorance is just obnoxious. But he obviously get his rocks off to it

  13. johnnyb1976 says: Aug 18, 2012 11:52 PM

    First hulk hogan now stone cold, SMH when will the madness stop? Lol

  14. blue18hutthutt says: Aug 18, 2012 11:58 PM

    What’s with all these pathetic losers referring to themselves in 3rd person lately?

  15. msclemons67 says: Aug 19, 2012 12:01 AM

    stonecoldsays and hulkhogansays are doing a nice job of proving that wrestling fans are morons.

  16. Josh says: Aug 19, 2012 12:07 AM

    I enjoy the “Week One” capitalization. showing your respect for the formal event that is the first week of the NFL regular season. kind of like when writing The Court to refer to the previously referenced Supreme Court. Can’t take the lawyer out of Florio.

  17. dal24la says: Aug 19, 2012 12:09 AM

    55.9 passer rating? 2 picks in a half?
    Read’s like the box score from a Peyton Manning playoff game lol

  18. murgatroyd2000 says: Aug 19, 2012 12:20 AM

    He didnt look rusty to me, its that the Seahawk D looked awesome.

  19. stonecoldsays says: Aug 19, 2012 12:25 AM

    floridaboy619 says:
    msclemons67 says:
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    What? You think I’m annoying? What? Do I offend you? What?

    The only offensive person is Peyton Manning for stealing Denvers cash and that’s the bottom line because Stone Cold said so.

  20. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Aug 19, 2012 12:29 AM

    Yep…tell me again Donkey fans how bad Carson Palmer has sucked so far in the preseason and throwing picks. How’s this taste?

  21. 2fleas says: Aug 19, 2012 12:42 AM

    Peyton will be ok. Denver will win the division.

    Stonecold… Please be more original. Don’t you feel silly stealing a “wrestler’s” line?

  22. randysavagesays says: Aug 19, 2012 12:49 AM

    Peyton Manning was throwing some wounded ducks tonight, OH YEEEAHH!!

  23. mikechr2k7 says: Aug 19, 2012 12:54 AM

    1. I can’t wait to see MachoManSaid personally.

    2. Seahawks defense is amazing, made him struggle too

  24. maddenisfordorks says: Aug 19, 2012 1:11 AM

    Dude where is Goldberg now?

  25. golobos77 says: Aug 19, 2012 1:18 AM

    Should I change my name to therocksays so at the end of every comment I say ”if you smell what the rock is cooking”

  26. osiris33 says: Aug 19, 2012 1:24 AM

    Sorry, he looked terrible. All of his passes looked weak, maybe 60% of the velocity he used to have. he still found the open guys and got the ball there when the throws were easy, but the pick was a throw the old Manning would have gotten there. Matt Flynn has a much stronger arm at this point. Manning is a shell of what he used to be.

  27. badintent says: Aug 19, 2012 1:40 AM

    did ya’ll miss the fact that the Hawks starters and subs kicked Denver starters and subs.!!Pete has drafted well and they have some real competition.49ers, watch out !!

  28. patswillreign says: Aug 19, 2012 1:41 AM

    Peyton will be fine come season time. The guy has been out for some time now. It takes a couple of games to back into the swing of things. The AFC West is gonna be super tight all the way til week 17. I wouldn’t be surprised if Peyton and the Broncos win the division…the guy is just that good. His presence boosts teams moral, trust, and confidence. I mean c’mon now, this team won the division with Tebow at QB.

  29. ch8878 says: Aug 19, 2012 2:06 AM

    Haha the Broncos and Chiefs both suck looks like they’ll be fighting for the bottom of the AFC West.

  30. mancave001 says: Aug 19, 2012 2:12 AM

    Oh no, time to panic! Peyton threw two picks.

    In other news, Mark Sanchez still sucks.

  31. fuzzynuts55 says: Aug 19, 2012 2:38 AM

    Pitt and the afc n is licking there chops!

  32. fmwarner says: Aug 19, 2012 3:12 AM

    He’ll be fine. It’s the preseason.

  33. adamc0nley says: Aug 19, 2012 5:12 AM

    Seahawks D and “amazing” do not belong in te same sentence.

  34. randomguy9999 says: Aug 19, 2012 7:50 AM

    Manning played well esp considering its his first time after a year out….

    there’s a lot of moaners on here, but I doubt many would actually put money down against him….

    Manning will deliver

  35. razzlejag says: Aug 19, 2012 7:54 AM

    I knew watching the once great, Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning decline was going to be sad but I had hoped it would be a gradual one, not only for him but for the great Denver, Indy and all NFL fans, not a sudden one.

  36. jrcoop says: Aug 19, 2012 7:59 AM

    Tannehill’s looking better al the time. Funny how things work out sometimes.

  37. gcsvp says: Aug 19, 2012 8:02 AM

    Quick, someone call King Kong Bundy and find out his opinion!

  38. electionconfidential says: Aug 19, 2012 10:06 AM

    I’ve watched both of Denver’s pre-season games and I’m at a loss. Peyton is moving the ball down the field like a mad man. That two minute drill last night was perfection. But then SUDDENLY he’ll throw the worst pass I’ve ever seen and be picked off.

    He obviously CAN throw because he’s throwing a lot of good passes. But when he throws a bad one it’s SOOO bad that it not only looks terrible it also gets picked off.

    I personally don’t think his velocity is that bad. His consistency IS bad though. He’s got a way to go yet.

  39. gooboy6 says: Aug 19, 2012 10:10 AM

    Donkeees got fleeced out of 20 Mil, bottom line, remember Favre’s last year

  40. therealbleedcoltsblue says: Aug 19, 2012 10:42 AM

    I thought the Peyton Manning ‘nothing is ever my fault’ and ‘my bad performances can even be called good ones’ spin cycle machines would take a while to get revved up in Denver, but now I see they are a full GO!

    The guy in 2 preseason games has a 0-3 TD/INT ratio and his two performances have been labeled with the words ‘decent’, ‘so-so’ and ‘up and down’ by the media.

    Even Florio, whose been known to take a swipe at a QB or two is amazingly neutral in this article.

    Is it against the law to criticize this guy???

  41. azwildcats96 says: Aug 19, 2012 12:09 PM

    The NFL game is FAST. It’s not like walking down to the park and playing tackle with your drunk buddies. He was out for a whole season. It’s going to take awhile for him to get used to the speed of the game. I think, and hope, he’ll be fine for week 1.

  42. rastaraider says: Aug 19, 2012 12:24 PM

    Haha

  43. spellingcops says: Aug 19, 2012 12:40 PM

    badintent says: Aug 19, 2012 1:40 AM

    did ya’ll miss the fact that the Hawks starters and subs kicked Denver starters and subs.!!Pete has drafted well and they have some real competition.49ers, watch out !!
    —————————————————
    I saw the game, but evidently not the one you watched through your neon green glasses. The one I saw had Denver leading at the half (you know, the half that all the starters played), and that was after THREE Denver turnovers. Not to take anything away from your 3rd place NFC West team, they looked pretty good. But don’t portray it to be something it wasn’t you ignorant tool.

  44. spellingcops says: Aug 19, 2012 12:43 PM

    therealbleedcoltsblue says: Aug 19, 2012 10:42 AM

    I thought the Peyton Manning ‘nothing is ever my fault’ and ‘my bad performances can even be called good ones’ spin cycle machines would take a while to get revved up in Denver, but now I see they are a full GO!

    The guy in 2 preseason games has a 0-3 TD/INT ratio and his two performances have been labeled with the words ‘decent’, ‘so-so’ and ‘up and down’ by the media.

    Even Florio, whose been known to take a swipe at a QB or two is amazingly neutral in this article.

    Is it against the law to criticize this guy???
    ———————————————–
    If you actually watched the games, you would see that his performances thus far have been decent, so-so, and up & down. So, since your team jettisoned him, you now automatically hate him and are waiting around hoping to read strong criticism of the guy? Stay classy dude, it’s not like he brought relevancy to that pathetic NFL town or anything. Bunch of band wagoning losers.

  45. The Prophet says: Aug 19, 2012 12:55 PM

    Caveat emptor …

  46. johninthewest says: Aug 19, 2012 1:29 PM

    He looked great.. PRESEASON peeps!

  47. frostymugobeer says: Aug 19, 2012 4:03 PM

    Manning moved the offense down the field with ease against the hawks.
    there is still a lack of timing and chemistry between qb and recievers,but i see no cause for alarm.
    the Broncos look like they will easily bring their ppg up about 10-12 points from last year.
    the dropped TD by tamme would have put the 1st teamers up by 8 at the half. even with a fumble and 2 int’s
    and Manning will settle in when the games count.
    i dont see a guy like manning throwing more picks than TD’s on a regular basis.
    the Broncos should be able to repeat as AFCW champs,with the chiefs a close 2nd

  48. broncosnative says: Aug 19, 2012 7:45 PM

    First of all, mike florio is more focused on what went wrong and not what went right and you haters are feeding off of it. I watched the game and as a broncos fan, I saw a lot of good and some bad and a lot of questions about manning were answered. Let’s not forget people, this is still the pre-season, but it is still important because a lot of players are playing for a spot on their team. Stats means nothing, its not gonna roll over into the reflgular season so im not worried about mannings 3 INTs and no TDs, the only thing the broncos want from him is to shake some of the 20 month rust off. Not gone lie, his second int was on him, too much heat on that pass but other than that, he did well and he marched the broncos down the field. The o line played superbed, manning was only knocked down one time and yes he got right back up so we can stop all the one hit and he’s done crap. So far I think decker is gonna be the main go to guy, Thomas is still struggling with route running. Had he kept going, he would have caught the deep ball manning threw, that’s right he threw a deep ball. Tamme dropped a TD pass in the endzone that should have been caught, this is probably my only concern. Receivers are still not quite on the same page as manning but they have 2 more games left before it count. None of us broncos fans are saying automatic superbowl with manning, but he does give them a chance to compete. I only consider it a bust if they don’t make the playoffs pending the circumstances. Im confident the broncos will be ready to fully go come week one.

  49. ebbycalvinlaloosh says: Aug 20, 2012 9:57 AM

    Let’s not forget that Manning completed 15 passes in a half. Last year’s starter would’ve taken until week 4 to complete his 15th pass.

  50. jasonculhane says: Aug 21, 2012 11:40 AM

    I feel its his inaccuracy thats bothering him and not his arm strength. Granted maybe one has to do with the other, but what he IS doing is moving the chains at will. You have to figure at some point, he’ll stop turning the ball over, it may cost them some games. By the end of the year, if their in the playoffs he’ll have it figured out by then and all of a sudden the other teams won’t be reliant on the turnovers. Elway and Fox seem confident and they should be.

  51. therealbleedcoltsblue says: Aug 21, 2012 9:25 PM

    If you actually watched the games, you would see that his performances thus far have been decent, so-so, and up & down. So, since your team jettisoned him, you now automatically hate him and are waiting around hoping to read strong criticism of the guy? Stay classy dude, it’s not like he brought relevancy to that pathetic NFL town or anything. Bunch of band wagoning loser

    ________________________________

    LoL. I’ve always loved the Colts… I’ve never been a big fan of Mannings. That’s two things you’re wrong about.

    Performances are good or bad. 2 picks in a half and one decent drive IS NOT up and down, or decent. It’s horrible… and if you weren’t too busy drinking the Kool-Aid, you’d see that too.

    Finally, Tony Dungy brought legitimacy to the Colts and Indianapolis. Without his defense, it wouldn’t have mattered HOW many TD passes Manning threw.

    So there.

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