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With a straight face, Peyton calls the Jaguars a good football team

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Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has been in so many commercials that he’s learned a lot about acting. Which is coming in handy this week as he acts like beating the Jaguars on Sunday is going to be a challenge.

Manning stood before reporters and said that the 0-5 Jaguars, who have been outscored by double-digit margins in all five games, are going to be a tough opponent for the 5-0 Jaguars.

“We’re playing a good NFL football team,” Manning said. “I don’t look at anything besides what I see on the tape on defense, and I see a team that’s stingy in the red zone, I see some offenses that have made some really good plays against them, that have been hard to defend. Certainly, you know, it’s a team with a lot of pride.”

The Broncos opened as 28-point favorites against the Jaguars, the biggest point spread in NFL history, but Manning doesn’t think the Broncos have anything to celebrate about their first five games.

“We have a lot of things we’ve got to improve on,” Manning said. “A lot of mistakes that we made in that game in Dallas. Certainly some good things that we’re building on but there are still plenty of mistakes, things we can correct. It’s actually not hard in my opinion to watch the tape and be pleased with some of the things that we’ve been doing but be motivated to correct some of the mistakes.”

The Broncos would have to make a whole lot of mistakes on Sunday to make the Jaguars look like a good football team.

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66 Responses to “With a straight face, Peyton calls the Jaguars a good football team”
  1. carmelaanthonysoprano says: Oct 9, 2013 5:36 PM

    Can we take it easy with the Jaguars bashing? We get it. They’re not a good team. There’s no reason to be smug.

    I give Peyton Manning props on being a professional.

  2. jwcarlson says: Oct 9, 2013 5:36 PM

    Ten TDs passing for Peyton, two rushing for Moreno… for the sake of my fantasy football team beating the league all-time high score this week. :)

  3. amazingguy101 says: Oct 9, 2013 5:36 PM

    Only Payton can say jaguars are a good team. Because I can’t. LOL!!

  4. coltzfan166 says: Oct 9, 2013 5:37 PM

    Well you can’t take any team for granted. That’s how upsets happen.

  5. johnnyjagfan says: Oct 9, 2013 5:37 PM

    He will not see the field during the second half.

  6. blue18hutthutt says: Oct 9, 2013 5:37 PM

    Reminds me of when BB was asked about the Colts the year Manning was out for the season and told a straight-faced lie about how good a team they were

  7. abqpacker says: Oct 9, 2013 5:38 PM

    Lou Holtz would be proud.

  8. tennesseeoilers says: Oct 9, 2013 5:38 PM

    Upset of all-time?

  9. howiefeltersnatch says: Oct 9, 2013 5:46 PM

    Any given Sunday

  10. don2074978 says: Oct 9, 2013 5:48 PM

    Wonder if Manning took lessons from Lou Holtz?

  11. hyzers says: Oct 9, 2013 5:49 PM

    It’s called respect.

  12. finsguy says: Oct 9, 2013 5:49 PM

    And Peyton Manning is a clutch QB

  13. cocheese000 says: Oct 9, 2013 5:50 PM

    Is Peyton telling me to bet the moneyline at +3000?

  14. raoool says: Oct 9, 2013 5:52 PM

    Peyton’s the ultimate professional.

    (McCoy needs to learn what that means)

  15. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 9, 2013 6:00 PM

    I’ve got a feeling the Denver will win by 27 just to screw with people.

  16. phinfan54 says: Oct 9, 2013 6:06 PM

    Peyton Manning is a class act.

  17. 78jaguar says: Oct 9, 2013 6:10 PM

    As a Jaguar fan I just gained more respect for QB #16. The man takes every game with the same focus and approach.

    Leave it to our wonderful media machine to try and bait Manning into dissing another professional football team.

  18. keepingitrealdumb says: Oct 9, 2013 6:23 PM

    people here have said it:

    1) PManning is giving respect to another team .. as a professional .. as all professionals should.

    2) PManning has the same mental approach that Michael Jordan had when he was playing. Which is to give the same intensity and effort no matter who you are playing. Its not about the opponent, its about you and your drive to be great.

  19. bagjr387 says: Oct 9, 2013 6:25 PM

    99% of suicide pools would be ended if the Jags pull this one off

  20. icdogg says: Oct 9, 2013 6:31 PM

    Don’t knock it that he treats everyone with respect.

  21. kscogg says: Oct 9, 2013 6:37 PM

    Spoken like a true professional.

  22. leatherface2012 says: Oct 9, 2013 6:43 PM

    i’m putting 1 dollar on the jags, even up. man will that be sweet

  23. wearethesteelers says: Oct 9, 2013 6:50 PM

    This would be the best upset in a while.

  24. morgusthemagnificent says: Oct 9, 2013 7:02 PM

    In the last 25 years there have been 8 games with a spread of 21 or more points. The favorite has covered only 1 time… Just sayin

  25. taintedsaints2009 says: Oct 9, 2013 7:05 PM

    Man do I hope the jaguars pull this off.

  26. 1rockyracoon says: Oct 9, 2013 7:06 PM

    He’s saying that for the benefit of his team. He wants to make sure they know they still need to show up. It should be a fun game to watch for everyone except Jaguar fans. I say Denver scores at least 50. Jags may break the 20 mark after Denver starts putting in fans to finish the game.

  27. AD2K5 says: Oct 9, 2013 7:07 PM

    I’m telling you, trap game.

  28. steelers88 says: Oct 9, 2013 7:08 PM

    He was laughing on the inside.

  29. chefbob52355 says: Oct 9, 2013 7:11 PM

    Even before he was doing commercials Manning has always acted with professionalism and dignity.
    I’ll bet he plays no more than 3 quarters

  30. axman72 says: Oct 9, 2013 7:22 PM

    He would probably also tell you Papa Johns has decent pizza.

  31. granadafan says: Oct 9, 2013 7:29 PM

    Sounds like Manning is practicing to be a politician.

  32. thegonz13 says: Oct 9, 2013 7:33 PM

    See? Peyton IS a funny guy!

  33. justwinbaby29 says: Oct 9, 2013 7:36 PM

    I seriously believe in Denver played hard the whole game they could beat Jacksonville by 100 points.

  34. malvaren18 says: Oct 9, 2013 7:58 PM

    Spoken like a Champion

  35. ivanpavlov0000 says: Oct 9, 2013 8:13 PM

    Peyton is playing it smart. Even guys on bad teams have pride. And you never know … there’s a reason they play each game and not leave it up to the sports writers to decide the winner.

  36. quadya says: Oct 9, 2013 8:24 PM

    I’d give the 28

  37. gmsingh123 says: Oct 9, 2013 8:25 PM

    Did he also, at some point, say that Dallas had a terrific defense?

  38. indychiefsfan says: Oct 9, 2013 8:26 PM

    Denver -24. Safest bet of the week.

  39. johnnyb216 says: Oct 9, 2013 8:34 PM

    Not a huge Manning but he is a true professional and his attitude is a big part of what makes him such a successful player.

  40. allday420ap says: Oct 9, 2013 9:03 PM

    With a straight face, Peyton calls the Jaguars a good football team, then he couldn’t hold it in any longer and burst out in laughter.

  41. devildog911 says: Oct 9, 2013 9:11 PM

    That means free pizza for everybody.

  42. thebirdofprey2 says: Oct 9, 2013 9:58 PM

    Manning is a true pro. The Jags are rebuilding and they are trying to put their pieces together that is no secret.

  43. favrewillreturn says: Oct 9, 2013 10:15 PM

    Do not see the Broncos punting even once. Peyton may throw 12 TDs in this game.

  44. blackhawks2010 says: Oct 9, 2013 10:27 PM

    What I really mean is the Jaguars are a good team for me to score 70 points on….

    Peyton Manning

  45. amehta256 says: Oct 9, 2013 10:31 PM

    Will the Broncos play hard and cover the 28?

  46. chessic4 says: Oct 9, 2013 10:32 PM

    I’ll take the 28. The only part I’d be concerned about is the Denver defense has something to prove this week, even if it’s not against a great offense. 45-20 Broncos.

  47. charger383 says: Oct 9, 2013 10:37 PM

    Yeah, but he says Papa John’s pizza is good too.

  48. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Oct 9, 2013 10:42 PM

    Remember when Miami was on their way to 0-16 a few years ago and then they played Baltimore, which was a much higher quality team and Miami beat them to get one of their only wins that season?

  49. dolphinatic1109 says: Oct 9, 2013 10:43 PM

    Peyton manning “The Comedian”

  50. saints4life57 says: Oct 9, 2013 10:56 PM

    Yeah you know what! I know it’s a reallllllll long shot but i’m so pulling for the Jags in this one! Not because I hate Denver or don’t think their fans deserve to brag but for the rest of the fans who don’t like either teams to take shots at them! Even if it was the Jags only win this season it sure would be a great win! ; ) Go Jags!

  51. sasquatch77 says: Oct 9, 2013 10:57 PM

    It seems anytime a player talks about a huge underdog in humble and respectful tones, they are accused of acting. I’m sure come game day however, the Jags will dole out their fair share of cuts and bruises, regardless of the final score.

    Good on Peyton and his teammates for acknowledging the fact that the Jaguars are hardworking NFL professionals who will come in with something to prove to themselves and the rest of the league.

    BTW – About that final score. Don’t get your fantasy panties in a knot; look for this to be the lowest scoring game the Broncos have played so far as the coaches turn to an ultra-conservative game plan midway through the second quarter.

  52. harrycanyon says: Oct 9, 2013 11:04 PM

    Looking past bad team never works. Everytime a team gets the attitude they are too good to worry about a certain opponent, bad things happen. Peyton knows this, I’m sure. He a true pro, and above putting any team down. He knows anything can happen on any given Sunday.
    (all that said, the Jags are a pretty bad team, but overlooking them is not a good idea)

  53. posmoo says: Oct 9, 2013 11:44 PM

    they are easily one of the best 40 football teams in the entire world. relatively speaking, they are pretty damn good.

  54. broncos97 says: Oct 10, 2013 12:21 AM

    The thing that bothers me about this game is or could be a lack of focus,because the jags aren’t that good and even though payton won’t say any thing about and no body else has mentioned it they play the colts next week and you can’t tell me payton is not looking ahead to that game

  55. phaktor333 says: Oct 10, 2013 12:22 AM

    Yeah, when Lou Holtz coached those stacked Notre Dame squads back in the day, he used to make West Texas State Polytechnical A&T School of Hair and Nails Community College look like a national title contender during his press conferences.

  56. vegasgreek says: Oct 10, 2013 1:45 AM

    Jags WIN ! Peyton Manning gets knocked out for the year ! BOOK IT !

  57. judsonjr says: Oct 10, 2013 2:11 AM

    Weird things can happen. I remember when the ’97 Packers, fresh off a Super Bowl win, with the reigning 3 time MVP, and an 8-2 record:

    Lost to the 0-10 Colts with Paul Justin at QB.

    And then the Colts drafted Manning the next year.

  58. starderup says: Oct 10, 2013 8:09 AM

    Trap game. Big time.
    Not.

  59. lawyermalloy says: Oct 10, 2013 8:12 AM

    Any Given Sunday! It’s still the NFL folks.

  60. jbeagles23 says: Oct 10, 2013 9:10 AM

    In all sports in games like this the underdog over achieves and the favorite plays down to their opponent. I still think Denver wins but Jax covers

  61. richndc says: Oct 10, 2013 9:16 AM

    Had fingers crossed behind back, doesn’t count.

  62. packerbackernj says: Oct 10, 2013 9:51 AM

    Peyton and Luck are the only 2 QBs that would be able to say that with a straight face.

  63. northshorejag says: Oct 10, 2013 9:53 AM

    I remember another broncos jags game that was suppose to be a shellacking not worth suiting up for.

  64. sportsdrenched says: Oct 10, 2013 9:58 AM

    If you can get audio of Peyton Manning breaking down Jaguars game film, I’d be interested in that. This statement just re-enforces that rarely anything notable is said during a midweek press conference.

    Nevermind Peyton’s QB ability. I’d bet he’s better than half the OC’s in the league at breaking down film and game planning. Adam Gase has the easiest job in the NFL right now.

  65. castleofcheese says: Oct 10, 2013 10:21 AM

    I remember in 1997 when the 0-10 Colts beat my Super Bowl bound Packers. Sure, it’s a long shot, but I guess that’s why they play the games…

  66. capn0bvious says: Oct 11, 2013 1:13 AM

    I don’t really care about either team, but can you imagine if it turned out to be one of those mother of all fluke games, upset of the decade, Jags came to Denver and blew out the Broncos? What an upset that would be..

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