Peyton Manning insists he’s healthy

AP

Peyton Manning’s numbers have declined, leading to speculation that he’s dealing with some kind of injury. Manning says that’s not the case.

Asked what he would say to those who are speculating that either age or injuries have caught up with him and kept him from being the player he once was, Manning shrugged it off.

I don’t have a great answer for them,” Manning said, via the Denver Post. “I always watch the film of the games pretty critically with my coaches, try to improve whether we won a game or lost a game. Try to see how I can do my job better. I feel good physically and am certainly looking to play better.”

In the last two weeks, Manning has failed to even reach 200 yards passing — his first back-to-back games of less than 200 yards since Weeks 16 and 17 of 2009, when he barely played because the Colts rested their starters. And Manning’s 56.9 passer rating on Sunday was his lowest in any game since 2008.

So for some reason, Manning is not playing like Peyton Manning. It may not be a health issue, but whatever it is, the Broncos have to hope Manning figures it out before the playoffs.