Peyton Manning is returning to the stadium and city he once called home, but how the fans react to their former longtime hero will be interesting to see. Manning didn’t leave the Colts, the Colts gave up on their star QB 2 seasons ago when they decided to go in a different direction with the team.
That’s not unusual in sports, but the strange comments made by Colts owner Jim Irsay this week about Manning underachieving when it came to winning championships won't be forgotten by Peyton - even if he says it is.
"I've learned that in life you need to be at peace with other people's decisions that affect you that you have no control over," Manning said. "That's good advice I've had over the years and it's certainly served me well in this particular scenario."
Manning and the Broncos are flying high at 6-0 as they look to build on their franchise-best 17 consecutive regular-season wins vs. his old team tonight. If you think Manning gets pumped up when he faces his brother Eli, this may double that.
Bottom line: The Colts are good, especially at home but I don't see them having the power in the end to match score for score with Denver. Peyton wants this win - badly.
Pick: Denver -6
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