Peyton Manning will start for Broncos next week

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Peyton Manning came off the bench in the second half of Week 17 and the Broncos got past the Chargers to earn the top seed in the AFC playoffs.

That means they’ll be at home next weekend for their playoff opener and the team announced on Thursday that Manning will be their starting quarterback for that game. Coach Gary Kubiak informed Manning, Brock Osweiler and the rest of the team about his decision on Thursday morning.

It is a decision that many expected the Broncos to make after the way things played out against San Diego last Sunday. The Broncos turned the ball over five times before Manning came into the game with Osweiler throwing a pair of interceptions and losing a fumble. Manning didn’t do much through the air, going 5-of-9 for 69 yards, but he didn’t turn the ball over and didn’t appear to have any issues with the torn plantar fascia that contributed to the decision to go with Osweiler earlier in the season.

The Broncos could always make a change during the game if things aren’t going well offensively, but Manning’s back in the saddle for Denver with a chance to put a happy ending on what’s been a trying season for him on and off the field.

137 responses to “Peyton Manning will start for Broncos next week

  1. “The Broncos turned the ball over five times before Manning came into the game with Osweiler throwing a pair of interceptions and losing a fumble.”

    If that had happened against any halfway competent team Manning could have been starting this weekend. And yet McCoy is still employed

  2. Everyone knows that this would happen. I got the impression that the players quit on Brock when they started dropping all those passes. The team seemed to wake up when Peyton hit the field.

  3. I wouldn’t have announced until the last minute, but it’s not much of a surprise, for those of us who follow the Broncos. Let’s hope it’s a happy ending for a legend.

  4. Can you imagine how badly Pedton would crumble if he had a bye week like Brady had to deal with for framegate? I mean, the guy’s a proven choke artist and stat padder anyway, throw the pressure of a real scandal in there and it would be even worse than it’s going to be…..

  5. Should be interesting. Let’s see if the frequency of DPI or RTP flags increase for the Broncos now that PM is back.

    Expect the refs have been given their marching orders already. At the very least the Broncos should have a Guardian Angel talking into the refs ear to make sure all penalties are called, whether they happen or not.

    This is the year that we find out for sure if the fix is in. The Manning clan draws a lot of water in this league. Need to make sure PM goes out with at least the same number of Lombardis as Eli.

  6. .
    Whether it’s Pittsburgh or Cincinnati at Denver, neutral fans should be entreated to a very competitive game.
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  7. nflequalswwe says:
    Jan 7, 2016 10:52 AM

    Can you imagine how badly Pedton would crumble if he had a bye week like Brady had to deal with for framegate? I mean, the guy’s a proven choke artist and stat padder anyway, throw the pressure of a real scandal in there and it would be even worse than it’s going to be…..
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    Framegate occurred after the bye week.

  8. Regardless, for Denver to win the running game will need to be successful and the right tackle will need to make a block or two so the QB doesn’t get killed.
    No turnovers and solid D gives the Broncos a legitimate chance.

  9. The offense as a whole picked up its intensity and pace when Manning entered the game. How the QB gets the other offensive players to execute is just as important as his own individual performance.

  10. Wow . Unimaginable a couple weeks ago.

    This is great, honestly someone’s gotta say it. I get to see him choke one last time and end his career the most fitting way, with yet another one and done for the postseason choke artist.

    Most one and dones in history
    Most playoff losses

    Keep adding to history Peyton.

  11. Here comes the same old comments anytime manning name is mentioned. ” Mr one and Done” ” make sure he gets his Hgh before the game” blah blah blah. I’m just glad that I get to see a legend go at it one more time. Good luck Peyton.

  12. And Peyton’s retirement as a player will start at around 8pm EST on 1/17/16.

    The good news for teams that might want to interview Peyton for a Coaching or Executive Position, or networks that want to interview him for an analyst position, is that he will be completely available for interviews on 1/18/16.

  13. Everyone knows that this would happen. I got the impression that the players quit on Brock when they started dropping all those passes. The team seemed to wake up when Peyton hit the field.
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    Agree 100%. At least 3 of the turnovers were in no way Brock’s fault, it almost felt like the team wanted Peyton out there. Whether or not they win the divisional round game, the team wants Manning out there.

  14. A lot of people said they wish Denver waited until last minute to announce the quarterback. But that’s impossible when there is so much media attention. When the Broncos practice today and give Manning all the 1st team reps, that would of given it away anyhow.

    They would of had to split 1st team reps to keep the “last minute” decision real.

  15. Hey lets put the guy with the most post season losses in NFL history out there, that outta work !

  16. Time to go out on top! Bring the Lombardi back to Denver! Go PM!!
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    I needed a go laugh today. That really lifted my spirits. I see that Manning isn’t the only one taking drugs in Bronco nation. One and done!!!! Just like every other year.

  17. Mixed thoughts. I don’t mind this move just because of the experience. Hope PM realizes he has a good defense to win the game so he doesn’t play hero ball. He also needs the running game to excel. If he starts chucking INTs in the first half, I just hope Kubiak’s gut puts in Osweiler to START the 2nd half.

  18. You must not have even watched that game Josh. I’d put only one of those turnovers on Brock….Maybe. And BTW, manning didn’t really play all that well when he came in. All his team mates really kicked their asses in to gear though. There is certainly something to be said for that.

  19. Treat manning like Brady says:

    Should be interesting. Let’s see if the frequency of DPI or RTP flags increase for the Broncos now that PM is back.

    Expect the refs have been given their marching orders already. At the very least the Broncos should have a Guardian Angel talking into the refs ear to make sure all penalties are called, whether they happen or not.

    This is the year that we find out for sure if the fix is in. The Manning clan draws a lot of water in this league. Need to make sure PM goes out with at least the same number of Lombardis as Eli.

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    I completely agree. This has the smell of being all scripted. Manning took time off during the season to rest as we all know he can’t go the distance of a full season. Comes back for the playoffs, wins the Super Bowl and rides off into the sunset with all his records. Don’t get me wrong – I have always like PM, but this is highly suspicious. Just like when Ray Lewis won the Super Bowl, pranced around the perimeter of the football field for his farewell and rode into the sunset a hero. I feel bad that Peyton’s career has this tainted cloud hanging over it now. If he wins the Super Bowl, it will confirm to me that this was Roger’s plan and he made it happen.

  20. broncoguy11 says:
    Jan 7, 2016 11:00 AM

    Everyone knows that this would happen. I got the impression that the players quit on Brock when they started dropping all those passes. The team seemed to wake up when Peyton hit the field.
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    Agree 100%. At least 3 of the turnovers were in no way Brock’s fault, it almost felt like the team wanted Peyton out there. Whether or not they win the divisional round game, the team wants Manning out there.
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    You bozos actually think that the offense tanked it so they could get Manning back? Just in time for the playoffs, when he is at his worst?

    Granted, he put up sick numbers in that last Super Bowl.

    Oh, wait.

  21. Not a Broncos fan. Watched every one of their
    games this year. Osweiler was not the problem.
    He had guys dropping passes left and right, game
    after game in big moments. How many fumbles
    did they have last week…and you pull Osweiler over it ?!@ This is a BIG mistake Donkey fans.

  22. This was the plan all along. Rest Manning for the playoffs and see what you had in Osweiler who is in a contract year.
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    If the final phase of the plan is to have a short playoff and an off-season riddled with indecision and a cap nightmare, then they stuck to the plan. Good job Broncos.

  23. Peyton will be entering the playoffs with a -8 TD to INT ratio. Worst in NFL history. He’s the ONLY QB in NFL history to start in the playoffs with a -8 ratio. He’s the ONLY QB in history to enter the playoffs with a bye and the number one seed with a passer rating below 70. He’s also the only QB to enter the playoffs with a bye and the number one seed with 17 INT or more. Thanks defense and Brock for the FREE RIDE to the playoffs. LOL. Most Overrated QB of All-Time. Name a QB with those stats that’s gotten a free ride to the playoffs. What a joke.

  24. “I’ll say this”…….”I’ve said it before” ……… “I’ll say it again”, listening to Phil Simms is like chewing on aluminum foil.

  25. Not a fan of this. They should’ve ran the up tempo offensive for Os during the charger game just like they did the Cincy game also they switched out O lineman when they brought in Manning. Schofield was the reason for the sacks and ints, he can’t block a baby.

  26. And Manning was such a pivotal part of that victory. Lol. Look at his stats…he sucked, although be can hand off the ball like nobody’s business. Way to shatter the confidence of a promising rookie. One and done for the umpteenth time.

  27. The haters are all out in full force. No matter what happens, I hope Peyton has seen the light & retires after this season. I love the guy but age & injuries have caught up to him & he doesn’t have the magic anymore.

  28. The way Manning intercepted Rivers and then ran for that TD on the first play after the turnover was amazing! Only Manning could do such things!

    I can’t wait to bet on whoever the Broncos play, because it will be ever bit as sad as their playoff game against the Colts last year. Regardless of who they play, they will dare Manning to throw the ball down the field, knowing he cannot, and will stack up to stop the run. I can’t wait to bet against the Broncos.

  29. You know if this is indeed Mannings last go round as a player we won’t have to endure Simms anymore. Bet the farm Manning teams up with Nance and they can save CBS money by sharing a room. It’s not like they haven’t been in bed together for years, and years, and years and……………

  30. “This is like Timmy Tebow, all over again — stealing a guy’s thunder [rolling eyes at John Elway, the real powerbroker here]. So… when Peyton loses, then what?” – Brock “Six-Foot-Eight” Osweiler

  31. superpatriotsfan says:
    Jan 7, 2016 11:42 AM
    Look at all the Pats fans flooding this story to yell cheater…

    I think you were the first poster to use the word “cheater” in this thread.

    In spite of your handle, I did not actually realize you were a Pats fan.

    And if you believe that using HGH to try to return from an injury is cheating, then there is a good chance that Peyton is a cheater.

  32. superpatriotsfan says:
    Jan 7, 2016 11:42 AM

    Look at all the Pats fans flooding this story to yell cheater when they have to deal with the skeletons in their closet.

    #Hypocrites
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    Classic! When anyone with half a brain can see the hypocritical handling of the HGH crap when compared to the deflated footballs crap. Pats fans don’t give 2 cents if Manning and the others named did or did not do it. We’re incensed at the blatant cover up by the Manning butt kissing media. It’s the hypocritical Manning fans who threw stones at Brady even in the face of undeniable evidence of no wrong doing who should be ashamed at their refusal to at least question Mr. Wonderful, half the Packers team and other assorted pro athletes. Pats fans never wavered and have been proven right. Now Pats fans won’t let up until Manning and half the Packers are treated equally and investigated fully.

  33. So the Broncos have chosen to slap an asterisk on any wins they manage to get this offseason because they are starting a cheater.

    That’s a shame. 😦

    #tainted4EVA
    #NoLegacy
    #NoRespect
    #cheater

  34. the greatest one and done qb of all time! The organization will also risk losing Osweiler as a free agent….

  35. Belicheck was genius in that game plan against the Jets. Why be the Number 1 seed and face Pissburgh? Denver will have trouble with them, but the Pats might have trouble with the Chefs too, unless they cheat.

  36. stealthjunk says:
    Jan 7, 2016 11:38 AM
    Manning is 2-0 against the Pats and Brady in the last two playoff match ups. So it’s a bit funny to read all these Pats fans’ comments.

    Yeah, the problem with that argument is, its not the same Manning

  37. Because everyone wants a level playing field, right? That’s what we heard from former players on TV, all of whom had been sent home by Brady.

    That’s why we need to know what happened with the HGH. Using your playbook Hateroids. I got nothing against PM personally. Seems like a nice guy, funny commercials. I have come over to the side that wants a level field. Or have we changed our tune? I thought the new rules for level field were, accuse, convict, execute, then go look for evidence, throw it out if it doesn’t fit your case (Anderson’s memory, different gauges, no starting PSI) and lie you butt while admitting in court you have no direct evidence.

    That’s all any real football fan wants, a level field. Strangely, all those folks who have trolled the Pats for nearly a year have done a 180. Wonder why that is?

  38. notmanning says:
    Jan 7, 2016 12:06 PM
    Belicheck was genius in that game plan against the Jets. Why be the Number 1 seed and face Pissburgh? Denver will have trouble with them, but the Pats might have trouble with the Chefs too, unless they cheat.

    You really think the Chefs will cheat?

  39. If Peyton wins the Lombardi
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    Hopefully that does not happen for the sake of the sport I love.

    I would have a hard time stomaching a dirty filthy doping cheater winning a championship.

    *

    #IDespiseCheaters
    #IDespiseFansOfCheatingAndCheaters

  40. Love the Pat’s fan comments on here. You can tell they are praying for the one and done as we know Brady and the Pats can’t win in Denver. Mr. 2-6 Brady in Mile High!!

  41. If you ask me this is a case where Kubiak has no sack. He figures if he wins the Super Bowl, it really doesn’t matter who the QB is, and if its Peyton even better. But if they play Osweiler and lose, he will be destroyed. So there is no down side to playing Manning (personally I think Osweiler gives them the best chance to win, so that would be a downside, but public perception says there is no down side in losing with Manning)

  42. You can tell they are praying for the one and done as we know Brady and the Pats can’t win in Denver.


    On the contrary. 🙂

    If the Patriots do lose to the Broncos* in the CG (and unfortunately the asterick is there since they are starting a PED cheat) there’s no shame whatsoever in losing to a cheater. It’s true. There isn’t. I know I won’t lose a whole lot of sleep over it.

    It really is a no lose situation! In fact if that happens I still plan to run my mouth and my smack all up in Patriot Hater’s grill that the Patriots WILL be the last legit untainted AFC Champion in such a scenario.

    Which they will be.

    🙂

  43. Remember when PFT was about football? Now its just a bunch of whiney losers who cry about the Patriots says:
    Jan 7, 2016 12:19 PM

    If you ask me this is a case where Kubiak has no sack. He figures if he wins the Super Bowl, it really doesn’t matter who the QB is, and if its Peyton even better. But if they play Osweiler and lose, he will be destroyed. So there is no down side to playing Manning (personally I think Osweiler gives them the best chance to win, so that would be a downside, but public perception says there is no down side in losing with Manning)

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    Kubiak’s decision is the same as starting Drew Bledsoe over Tom Brady in the playoffs back int he day.

    I can’t imagine Belichick having a job for long if that was his decision.

  44. manning? Playoff game? There’s another loss for the Broncos but manning will get to add to his career stats. And after all, isn’t that all he really cares about?

  45. “Love the Pat’s fan comments on here. You can tell they are praying for the one and done as we know Brady and the Pats can’t win in Denver. Mr. 2-6 Brady in Mile High!!”

    Praying for one and done? LMAO….it’s almost a guarantee Einstein.

  46. “HGH, You taste soo good”

    I hope we get the chance to play an AFC title game in Denver.

    Donkeys got real lucky to beat NE there in Nov, and I’d love to have another crack at them at their house. HGH-five-head and all.

    If we lose, we lose.

    “Gee, my forehead’s really big”

  47. bullogne says:
    Jan 7, 2016 12:15 PM
    Love the Pat’s fan comments on here. You can tell they are praying for the one and done as we know Brady and the Pats can’t win in Denver. Mr. 2-6 Brady in Mile High!!

    Is there any QB that has a winning record at Mile “HiGH?
    Not likely. Salary cap, slippery uniforms, PEDs.

    The only surprise is that the Broncos ever lose there.

    Need more proof? (Steeler fans are going to love this)

    They won a playoff game with Tim Freakin Tebow.

  48. whywerule says:
    Jan 7, 2016 11:59 AM
    superpatriotsfan says:
    Jan 7, 2016 11:42 AM
    Look at all the Pats fans flooding this story to yell cheater…

    I think you were the first poster to use the word “cheater” in this thread.

    In spite of your handle, I did not actually realize you were a Pats fan.

    And if you believe that using HGH to try to return from an injury is cheating, then there is a good chance that Peyton is a cheater.

    The issue is not as much about cheating as it is about exposing the hypocrisy of the league, the networks, their employees and the Hateroids.

  49. Mother of God I just paid attention to Pedton’s head in that pic…he looks like he should be half buried on a Polynesian island! #NFLBarryBonds #Integrity

  50. <My prediction –

    Peyton will choke out on Denver's first round of playoff's, Osweiler will come in late in the game, Denver will lose by 10 points…

    Remaining AFC playoff games will go through Foxboro….

    SB 50 will be a Panthers/Pats game…

    And won by the usual 3 points, cause the Pats are playin'

  51. For those of us who are not obsessed with hating or loving Manning that is pretty cool. I would be a lot of fun watching Manning vs Rothlisberger.

  52. Hey, to all the one and done haters. Manning is 11-13 career playoffs. He has taken his team to the Super Bowl three times. Query, what is your QB’s record in the playoffs? Do you even have a QB??

    LMAO at pathetic Fan Boys!

  53. Geez. So many haters on here.

    Quit your whining and enjoy what may be your last opportunity to see a true legend of the game step out onto the field with a team that actually has the potential to win it all. Who wouldn’t want to see Marino, Elway, Kelly, Young, Unitas, or Favre take one more shot?

    Root for your team when they’re playing, and shut up and just enjoy the show when they aren’t.

  54. Wow Bronco fans are starting to make themselves look worse and more delusional than Colts fans.

    Your only two superbowls were won by actual proven cheating by cheating the salary cap. You wouldnt have won them otherwise and you were rightfully fined the two biggest fines in NFL history for your classless acts. That and you are a pathetic organization that has gone one and done so many times and recieved the two biggest blow outs in history. Hell you know its bad when the pathetic Colts consistently own your team over and over again. Cant wait for KC or PIT to destroy them in the divisional round. Whichever of the two they end up facing they are not winning. Unless of course the refs win the game for them like they did in the Pats game in November.

    Pedton Manning may think his last game can be a Fairytale but instead it will be another disaster.

    On another note so called hated outside of New England Mr Brady was actually just recently votes as the second best NFL player ever behind Montanna AMONG US fans across the country. This is after Goodell tried framing and tainting his legacy…the Same Brady that won the most votes in Pro Bowl voting this year and will win his 5th ring February 7th and truly cement himself as the GOAT.

  55. If you don’t know who Jimmy Neutron is, you should google him. I would swear the animator drew him up with Peyton Manning in mind.

  56. What is comical is seeing these no life patriot fans flooding every article with their whiny guilt complexes. They all worship that HGH king David Ortiz in baseball and defend him against anyone who dares question the PED Sox cheating fraud rings. This entire region is full of extreme hypocrit

  57. Ya the players screwed over osweiller by dropping balls and looking like crap. They want the safety of Manning for the playoff run.
    Hope Osweiller takes his ball and leaves. Hope he is smart enough to realize the team f’d him and when his contract runs out it can be his turn. He will be in high demand.

  58. All patriot fans want is for Manning to undergo the same treatment The GOAT Tom Brady endured. There was No evidence against Tom, there is evidence Manning had a PED shipped to his house. Why isn’t there an investigation or condemnation like there was with Tom.???Disgusting. Double standard!

  59. Who cares who starts; we plan on having us an AFC Championship Game here in Denver. Word on the streets is that *Shady* is checking weather/wind conditions for coastal diving excursions near Cannes.

  60. It’s funny, the story about Manning/his wife receiving shipments of HGH has been totally recanted by the party first making the claim, several independent doctors have gone on the record stating that HGH would have no benefit to Manning’s recovery from his neck surgeries, the NFL plans no investigation into the matter, CBS will not report on it as it is not a story yet the Haters still Hate. Over his career, Manning must have beat your team like Greg Harding’s girlfriend, yes?

    Regarding the two supplements Manning has admitted to using, neither is on the NFL ban list.

    Next haters? You are so cute!

  61. Brock is the back up QB. Peyton feels better so he is again the starting QB. What’s the big deal about this? If they have to face Big Ben, Peyton’s experience and poise will be critical. But rest assured, Brock is also a good QB and have now exposure to big games so if something happened to Peyton, he can easily step in.

    Why is that fool keep typing that * shady * crap. He must not realize the HGH stink that’s swirling around Peyton. That stink unfortunately will stick even if the media and the NFL try to put a lid on it. It will follow Peyton esp if they win the SB. No judge can clear that stink unless Peyton sues. Framegate was thrown out by a judge and will be thrown out again. But look, haters still believe their delusions. It is true with Brady, it will be true with Peyton….unfortunately.

  62. To the poster who says the story has been recanted on Manning you are WRONG! You are also wrong that HGH is not banned, it is! What is wrong is the NFL not doing an investigation! Double standard since it is manning.

  63. Where do PEDton* apologists get the idea that HGH was legal in the NFL a couple years ago?

    It’s been on the banned substances list since 1991!

    #cheater

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