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Denver’s big chill to provide real cold weather test for Manning and the Broncos

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The Mile High City along with much of the nation is battling unusually cold temperatures. With game time temperatures forecast to start in the teens and drop to single digits, the weather will provide an opportunity to see if Peyton Manning’s Broncos are ready for winter play.

Denver is expected to see a high temperature today of only 16 degrees, far below the normal of 43 degrees for the date.

For the 2:05 p.m. kickoff against the Tennessee Titans, the temperature on the field will be around 15 degrees with mostly cloudy skies above. Despite the cold, no snow is forecast although an errant flurry would not be surprising.

As the game progresses, temperatures will be dropping. At halftime it is expected to be 12 degrees and then dropping into the single digits for the fourth quarter. When the game ends the mercury will have dropped to around 7 degrees.

The cold weather will undoubtedly affect attendance at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Those fans that do go will probably be hoping the Broncos jump out to an early lead and dominate the contest so they can leave early.

Manning has long battled the perception that he does not play well. Having spent most of career playing home games in the confines of a domed stadium in Indianapolis, he doesn’t have that luxury in Denver.

Statistics do show that Manning’s stats drop off when the temperature gets below 40 degrees. His won / loss percentage is lower as is his completion percentage.

With the Denver Broncos likely heading to the playoffs, Manning and the team will need to get used to cold temperatures and adapt to playing in them. Additionally, the Super Bowl is normally held in warm climates but not this season as it will be held at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

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