Aug 23, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) before the preseason game against the Houston Texans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is pretty unflappable, but Texans safety D.J. Swearinger did enough talking during the week to warrant a little retaliation when the Broncos started clicking offensively in the teams’ preseason game Saturday night.
And Peyton didn’t really beat around the bush.
Yep. That sounds about right.
Manning threw a gorgeous pair of touchdown passes to Emmanuel Sanders before halftime of the Broncos’ preseason loss to Houston, and after the second one, he was well pleased. Not only that, but he was upset about Swearinger having hit Wes Welker, sending him to the locker room with a concussion a few plays prior.
He made a point to walk over to Swearinger, who had a pick off of Manning in practices this week (and made a huge stink about it) and apparently had a bit of a message.
Swearinger doesn’t seem overly concerned about it but he’ll certainly remember the week he made Peyton Manning angry, got under his skin, and then got beat when the cameras were on.
Manning is making a statement. He knows there’s a target on his back and he is still able to dominate in this league. Swearinger needs to recognize, and act like he’s been there before.
That was probably the first or one of very few unsportsmanlike conduct penalties Manning has ever received.