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Disastrous start for Peyton Manning in Atlanta

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Peyton Manning’s Monday night couldn’t have started much worse.

Manning threw interceptions on the Broncos’ first two drives against the Falcons, making bad throws into coverage both times and getting picked off first by Falcons strong safety William Moore and then by Falcons free safety Thomas Decoud.

Moore returned his interception to the 1-yard line, where Falcons running back Michael Turner punched it in to give Atlanta an early 7-0 lead. The second interception also set up the Falcons in Denver territory, but after Falcons receiver Julio Jones dropped a pass in the end zone, the Falcons had to settle for a field goal that made their lead 10-0.

On a night when Manning hoped he’d be able to pick apart a depleted Falcons secondary playing without franchise cornerback Brent Grimes, so far it’s been the Falcons having their way with Manning.

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54 Responses to “Disastrous start for Peyton Manning in Atlanta”
  1. peytonsneck18 says: Sep 17, 2012 9:11 PM

    Is it the playoffs already??????

  2. flash1283 says: Sep 17, 2012 9:12 PM

    Make that all 3 picks in the 1st Q are on MEGA HEAD!

  3. jbaxt says: Sep 17, 2012 9:12 PM

    Make that 3. Ole boy is looking like an 18 million dollar mistake.

  4. jxegh says: Sep 17, 2012 9:12 PM

    Should have kept Tebow?

  5. wethog66 says: Sep 17, 2012 9:12 PM

    That 2nd INT was a tough one. Wounded duck. Looked like Billy Kilmer threw it.

    Now a 3rd INT. To much zip from Peyton. Wow.

    Also, memo to the Broncos. Time for a uniform update. Those stripes from arm pit to knee on the side of the uniforms is so…………90’s. Still love that helmut though.

  6. janvanflac says: Sep 17, 2012 9:13 PM

    just threw another.

    making Vick look careful with the ball by comparison.

  7. abninf says: Sep 17, 2012 9:13 PM

    Three INT’s. Denver will need Tebow to pull a win out of this one.

  8. zillabeast says: Sep 17, 2012 9:13 PM

    All I need is 8 lousy points out of the Denver defense and I pull off the Monday Night comeback. Come on Miller, Dumervil.

  9. geniusfan says: Sep 17, 2012 9:13 PM

    Make that three interceptions in as many drives for the artist (formerly?) known as Peyton Manning. His deep ball sails and lacks direction, just wait until December in Mile High it’s not going to be pretty.

  10. eaglesfan036 says: Sep 17, 2012 9:13 PM

    Just threw a third interception….wow!

  11. kurb21 says: Sep 17, 2012 9:14 PM

    Well, three now. It maybe six by the time we check back at the end of the game.

    I hope you like your 90 million dollar stop-gap measure, Mr. Elway.

    While I am not going to pretend I have a radar gun in my living room, his passes seem slow and wobbly.

  12. kiopta1 says: Sep 17, 2012 9:14 PM

    I just need Ryan to get some points. Come on. But man, Peyton is playin bad…kinda like stafford’s start against rams.

  13. jimmerg31385 says: Sep 17, 2012 9:20 PM

    brent grimes is a pretty good qb, but i think matt ryan is the franchise qb

  14. pooflingingmonkey says: Sep 17, 2012 9:20 PM

    Two of the (now) three interceptions resulted from lack of zip on deep balls. Tirico and Gruden seem reluctant to mention the obvious.

  15. Gordon says: Sep 17, 2012 9:20 PM

    Make that 3 picks now…brutal.

  16. zeddicuszorander says: Sep 17, 2012 9:21 PM

    And there’s number 3.

  17. geauxjay says: Sep 17, 2012 9:21 PM

    If it gets any worse for Peyton, Viking fans will demand an asterisk after the Colts’ Super Bowl title in 2006.

  18. LoCoSu@%s says: Sep 17, 2012 9:21 PM

    Manning’s passes are off target. Dare I say – his arm/neck isn’t where it needs to be?

  19. giantsfanlewis says: Sep 17, 2012 9:22 PM

    He is trying to copy eli

  20. pop562 says: Sep 17, 2012 9:24 PM

    Will Peyton throw for 500 yards like his lil bro Eli?

  21. freedomispopular says: Sep 17, 2012 9:24 PM

    Timmy: Miss me yet?

  22. theaxmancometh says: Sep 17, 2012 9:24 PM

    Brenty Ice… Just doesn’t have the same ring to it

  23. magicrats says: Sep 17, 2012 9:27 PM

    How many more picks will it take til he gets Gruden to criticize?

  24. pittsburghavenue says: Sep 17, 2012 9:28 PM

    Refs are absolutely terrible. Makes the game go to a grinding halt, this one is gonna be four hours.

  25. shaggeez says: Sep 17, 2012 9:30 PM

    he’s on pace to break his personal best of 6 completions to the other team that he so magnificently set against the chargers

  26. cmdrsmooth says: Sep 17, 2012 9:32 PM

    Peyton is trying to one up his bro. “Hey Eli, I bet I can throw 4 interceptions and still come back”

    These Mannings are not from planet Earth, they are toying with the Universe.

  27. mrcogburn says: Sep 17, 2012 9:35 PM

    No more “disastrous” than Tirico and Gruden. They are putrid.

  28. berniemadoffsides says: Sep 17, 2012 9:36 PM

    Papa John must be devastated right now…

  29. therillest says: Sep 17, 2012 9:36 PM

    Hey John Elway that Red eye can get Tebow to Atlanta by halftime if you hurry!

  30. pittsburghavenue says: Sep 17, 2012 9:36 PM

    This has got to be it for the replacements. They made a total mess of the FIRST QUARTER on national television. NFL has got to cave on this one.

  31. bamboozle99 says: Sep 17, 2012 9:36 PM

    Refs doing as good as Manning. That first quarter only lasted about an hour. 2 reviews, 2 overturned calls and complete loss of control.

  32. tigrrrr says: Sep 17, 2012 9:38 PM

    3? Should be no biggy… brother eli pulled it off yesterday!

  33. kurb21 says: Sep 17, 2012 9:39 PM

    Say this about Tebow…the guy would not throw the ball anywhere near a defender, so he did not throw many picks. I mean, it took him 12-15 seconds to make a throw, but man, did he make sure there was 0% chance it would be turned over. When you really examine it, he would make sure he threw it straight at the ground…but damn, that guy would not throw a pick!

    In all seriousness, while I could never argue that Tim was better than any QB in the NFL…last year was fun as hell.

  34. mrlaloosh says: Sep 17, 2012 9:41 PM

    The revered Peyton Manning is just setting them up for a comeback. Where’s Tebow when u need him?
    Who is their backup QB? Made need to warm up.

  35. melikefootball says: Sep 17, 2012 9:43 PM

    OH no the replacement officials will be blamed for all this.

  36. chesslungo says: Sep 17, 2012 9:46 PM

    Peytons always been an int machine

  37. fuzzynuts55 says: Sep 17, 2012 9:49 PM

    Manning is normal? No way ??
    AFC wide open..

  38. jsnrobles1 says: Sep 17, 2012 9:54 PM

    Manning looks a lot like Tebow out there.

  39. radrntn says: Sep 17, 2012 9:55 PM

    afc worse i mean afc west

  40. suheveryone says: Sep 17, 2012 9:55 PM

    Gruden is so terrible I finally just muted the tv and turned on some music. Happens every monday night. Sometimes I can tolerate him for longer than others.

  41. mattspapi says: Sep 17, 2012 9:56 PM

    Gruden and Tirico bitching way too much about refs
    It’s all on the Broncos not the refs
    Fox wrong on 12 men
    Should have been flagged but they passed on it
    Goober looks lost and don’t tell me Denver is SB material
    Get real

  42. honeybadger14 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:00 PM

    The refs aren’t about to let Manning upstage them tonight.

  43. footballalldayeveryday says: Sep 17, 2012 10:01 PM

    I don’t recall people talking s*** about Eli yesterday for throwing 3 picks. Or Matt Stafford during week 1 for that matter. Get over yourselves.

  44. raoool says: Sep 17, 2012 10:04 PM

    I just wish Gruden would remind us to ‘just look at those falcons moving around’

    …a few dozen more times

    thanks, Chuckie. I was watching the faces in the crowd – sure glad you reminded me to

    just look at those falcon defenders moving around

    over
    and over
    and over

    again.

    Jaws, where are you?

  45. qwerty007qwerty007 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:08 PM

    Refs in the game are horrible. Calling every reaction by players…all you have to do is flop and wave arms.

    Phantom calls.

    What a joke.

  46. kurb21 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:10 PM

    jsnrobles1, Tebow would never throw passes where there were defenders.

    The Broncos are being absolutely dominated. The referees are terrible and the regulars need to come back…well, two weeks ago.

    Let this be a wake up call to all fans – never bet on football. No one has any idea what the hell is going to happen.

  47. judsonjr says: Sep 17, 2012 10:11 PM

    Another phantom PI call.

  48. lilrob10201 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:14 PM

    #Peyton’s neck.

  49. ronaldmexico7 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:31 PM

    When did Chief Wiggum start playing center for Denver??

  50. ddogdaddy says: Sep 17, 2012 10:32 PM

    As a Colts fan it is so wierd reading all of the crap being written both pro and con about #18 now that he is in Denver. It was a sad day in the circle city when he left but it has allowed Colts fans an opportunity to view him without rose colored glasses. He is still may be the greatest qb of all time but many of us have realized that we now have the right quarterback to lead us back to the promise land for the next 15 years. I want to wish Peyton the best of Luck. Go Blue.

  51. Canyonero says: Sep 17, 2012 10:43 PM

    Everyone who started Peyton Manning in their fantasy league after what he did to the Steelers on opening weekend, raise your hand.

    Blech…

  52. broncosnative says: Sep 17, 2012 10:58 PM

    Calm down people, just calm down, still have two quarters left. No need to call tebow yet, that’s reserved for the last five minutes, lol. Not the way I expected the game to go, yeah manning has three picks but luckiest our defense held only 20 points. You have your good games, and you have your bad ones, gotta remember this is the broncos first real game on the road as a unit so communications is not quite there

  53. voice0freasonsays says: Sep 17, 2012 11:12 PM

    My RG3 fathead could come on for Denver and win.

  54. therealbleedcoltsblue says: Sep 18, 2012 1:40 AM

    I don’t know why people are so shocked that he’s playing badly.

    He was very beneficial that the Colts organization insulated him from the blame in a lot of his moments of failure.

    The leash will surely not be as long in Denver.

    #shouldakeptTebow

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