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Dwight Freeney would like to hit Peyton Manning

Dwight Freeney AP

There’s still plenty of football left to play this season, which makes it a bit premature to start thinking about any potential playoff matchups.

It’s hard not to notice, though, that the current AFC playoff picture includes the Broncos as a division leader and the Colts as a Wild Card team. That could mean a matchup in the playoffs between Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck, the guy who replaced him in Indianapolis this season.

That’s not the only intriguing thing about that matchup. Manning would also be taking the field against some defensive players who have spent their careers benefitting from his presence instead of having to try to come up with ways to stop Manning from shredding them on their way to victory. Linebacker Dwight Freeney is one of those players and he admitted this week to thinking about the possibility of putting a hit on the guy he was required to avoid in practice for the last 10 years.

“Peyton obviously (was) the staple of Indianapolis and this organization for years. I went after him in practice year in and year out and never got a chance to hit him. So, yeah, I would love to hit him,” Freeney said in an interview with Dave Dameshek of NFL.com “If you think about it, that’ll be strange, but I’ll be excited.”

If the Colts are going to make it to a playoff showdown with the Broncos (or anybody else), it would help if Freeney started hitting a few more people now. He’s got one sack and four tackles in five games this season.

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24 Responses to “Dwight Freeney would like to hit Peyton Manning”
  1. denverscott says: Oct 31, 2012 12:18 PM

    You don’t scare people this year Dwight. Clady would own you.

  2. h3min1230 says: Oct 31, 2012 12:21 PM

    Don’t you have to be ON the field to hit him?

    Injury prone.

  3. j0esixpack says: Oct 31, 2012 12:26 PM

    I’m probably speaking for a lot of Patriots fans in that while we always disliked the Colts, we always had a lot of respect for Freeney.

    That just increased ten-fold!

    (Actually I’m in the minority of Patriots fans who also have a ton of respect for Manning – who won me over when he did that United Way spoof for SNL)

  4. terripet says: Oct 31, 2012 12:34 PM

    trade him now he is all washed up

  5. tlmoon2112 says: Oct 31, 2012 12:36 PM

    Id like to see that hit.

  6. peytonsneck18 says: Oct 31, 2012 12:50 PM

    I wanna hit peyton too!!!!!

  7. joetoronto says: Oct 31, 2012 12:57 PM

    Hit him good, Dwight.

  8. lennydpocketqb says: Oct 31, 2012 1:02 PM

    Pat Angerer has more of a shot at hitting him. Mainly because the guy is angererererrr.

  9. Beezo-Doo-doo-Zippity-Bop-bop-bop says: Oct 31, 2012 1:03 PM

    “Actually I’m in the minority of Patriots fans who also have a ton of respect for Manning”

    Now why would Patriots fans have anything against anyone named Manning?

  10. quepasha says: Oct 31, 2012 1:04 PM

    Dwight Freeney is not a linebacker, you baffoon! He’s a defensive end.

  11. texansmike says: Oct 31, 2012 1:26 PM

    If, and that’s a big “IF” Freeney is playing for the Colts next year, he will get his shot as the AFC south plays the AFC west next year.

  12. all4patriots says: Oct 31, 2012 1:28 PM

    “Dwight Freeney is not a linebacker, you baffoon! He’s a defensive end.”

    News flash you you: He was a 4-3 defensive end. But… they switched to the 3-4 defense this year, meaning he’s now a 3-4 OLB.

    There was only about an article a day in training camp about him adjusting to having to drop off into pass coverage.

  13. joetoronto says: Oct 31, 2012 1:33 PM

    quepasha says:
    Oct 31, 2012 1:04 PM
    Dwight Freeney is not a linebacker, you baffoon! He’s a defensive end.
    ***************************************************

    Not anymore he’s not, he’s a LB now.

  14. cletusvandam says: Oct 31, 2012 1:38 PM

    I cannot believe the amount of hype this team got after last weeks win. The local news was so bad I turned the channel. They were acting like the Colts won the Superbowl not beat a bad Tennessee team. Unbelievable.

  15. jgava19 says: Oct 31, 2012 1:49 PM

    Texan, the whole point of the article was the chance that they could meet on the playoffs THIS year.

  16. louiespoon says: Oct 31, 2012 1:52 PM

    Freeney is playing LB in Pagano’s D…..

  17. jimfix says: Oct 31, 2012 1:55 PM

    a. freeney is a linebacker this year, quepasha
    b. how is he injury prone? he’s been hurt this year but he started 16 games the last two seasons.
    c. they tried to trade him in the offseason, didn’t get a good enough offer. his contract expires this year. might as well keep him and get the compensatory draft pick…

  18. 4thquartermagic says: Oct 31, 2012 2:29 PM

    Not saying the game is fixed but don’t you think the NFL would do everything in its power to?

    A) Have Broncos vs Colts in the playoffs.

    B) Have Manning Bros. face off in the Super Bowl in New Orleans

    Both are unlikely but possible.

  19. Sarcasm says: Oct 31, 2012 2:52 PM

    Good luck with that Dwight…

    Mark Sanchez torched the Colts D. What do you really think Peyton Manning would do it?

  20. Sarcasm says: Oct 31, 2012 2:53 PM

    Dwight Freeney is as much of a linebacker as Mike Vick is a QB.

    Freeney is a DB and Vick is a RB.

  21. simplematt06 says: Oct 31, 2012 3:26 PM

    I think Freeney should rush him, stop at the last second, and then the two of them should hug it out mid-play…

    Then let Mathis nail the both of them unsuspectingly…

    We’re all friends here…

  22. badintent says: Oct 31, 2012 5:52 PM

    Has Frenney hit anyone this year ?? Will he change his name to Denny’s ? Looks like he eat one too many pancake. This dude couldn’t start for Big Blue at any position except water boy.I know he can play for Dallas, they run their mouths like Frenney.

  23. denverdude7 says: Oct 31, 2012 8:31 PM

    Freeney would not get within 8 yards of Manning with Clady in his way.

  24. 99yarddrive says: Nov 1, 2012 1:18 PM

    In Freeney’s dreams! Ryan Clady would run that loudmouth clean off the field and plant his worn-out rear end in the owner’s box right next to Irsay the Irritating Ingrate.

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