Tonight, Peyton Manning gets his only game inside of a dome this season. Unless, of course, the Broncos make it to the Super Bowl in New Orleans, which would be Peter King Narrative Christmas. Everyone knows Pey-Pey needs domes because climate controlled conditions are ideal for his cybernetic neck implant. Once it gets above or below a certain temperature, that thing gets wonky.
That the Falcons demolished the Chiefs last week looks somewhat less impressive now that Buffalo also had their way with Kansas City on Sunday. Still, the Falcons were expected to be at least on par with their usually unspectacularly solid selves. It doesn’t hurt that Julio Jones and Matt Ryan still have the connection that they were developing late last season and new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. That alone presents a challenge for anyone playing on the road.
Of course, Atlanta did lose top corner Brent Grimes for the season last week. That will be a detriment if the Broncos follow the frantic shouty pleadings of Tony Dungy and PK to let Peyton Manning really be Peyton Manning. Because three drives not using the no-huddle is way too many, you guys. Don’t make Peyton Manning play in chains. Is he not a human being, no matter how freakish-looking?
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to the new ESPN Soundtracks segment with all the fighting that went on yesterday.