Peyton Manning Likes The Short Week


Peyton Manning drops back to pass in the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. (Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE)

The Denver Broncos got back to work Wednesday to prepare for the Houston Texans. It’s a short week for the team who played Monday night, but John Fox and crew did extra work to prepare for the Texans with the extra day that they had last week.

It may be viewed as a short week, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing for a team that lost their last game, but ended it on a high note.

“I think it certainly helps,” Peyton Manning said of the short week. “We got back late Monday night and get right back to work onWednesday. I hope we can build off the way we finished the game. I can’t remember who it was that said I looked dejected on the bench. I really couldn’t disagree more because we continued to fight and compete. I think it was more of a determined look. When you get off to a slow start, you’re determined. Dejected means you go out there, you lay down, you get beat 35-0.”

The Broncos ended the game in the right way by putting 14 points up in the fourth quarter while not allowing the Atlanta Falcons to score. The four turnovers in the first quarter was just too much to overcome.

The Falcons were able to create those turnovers by disguising their defense. The Texans have the No. 1 ranked scoring defense as well as the No. 1 ranked passing defense through two weeks. Will the Texans try to do something similar to Atlanta defensively?

“I can’t necessarily give you a great answer for that…I think every defense kind of has it’s own identity,” Manning said.

Coach Fox had a similar reply.

“It’s hard to predict,” Fox said. “We can control what we do. We can’t control what the opponent does, but it’s something that we’ll be prepared for.”

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