Peyton Manning will be motivated and ticked off. Manning somewhat reminds me of Michael Jordan in that sense—you don't ever want to cross him, or else you might as well tuck your head in between your legs and kiss your posterior good-bye.
What does this have to do with the Miami Dolphins? Nothing, yet everything.
Next season the Dolphins schedule looks like this: home and away series against the Patriots, Bills and Jets, road games against the Colts, Texans, Bengals, 49ers and Cardinals, and home dates against the Titans, Raiders, Jaguars, Rams and Seahawks.
On paper, a top-heavy schedule, but not necessarily the hardest. However for at least eight of those games, the storylines write themselves.
The two games against the Patriots do not need any hype: Manning vs. Brady. For years it was the matchup that NBC, CBS and ABC (prior to losing Monday Night Football) would look forward to broadcasting. With two such matchups, CBS could get one early in the season, and NBC could get the other one later in the season with the division on the line.
Then you have the two games against the Jets. In case you forgot, Manning's last game as a Colt was the 2010 AFC Wild Card Round game against the Jets. New York won that one 17-16 to move on to the division round (where they defeated the Patriots).
Going back another season, the Jets (with help from the Colts deciding to rest their starters for the second half, which Peyton never seemed to pleased with based off of the faces he seemed to have while sitting on the bench) kept the Colts from going undefeated with a 29-15 victory in Week 16 of the 2009 season. Indianapolis was up by five when Manning and the rest of the starters were taken out.
Manning is also more than familiar with the AFC South, and every AFC South team is on the Dolphins' schedule this season. The Houston game is a big one. The Texans could never get over the hump while Manning was playing for the Colts, and finally won their division last season when Manning didn't take a single snap.
Then finally, there's the game against the Colts in Indianapolis. Manning vs. Luck, Manning vs. Irsay, Manning's homecoming—the storylines for this game sell themselves.
Miami is the best team for the Manning revenge tour. He could battle Brady not just for the AFC East, but possibly even for home-field advantage in the playoffs. He could put an end to the Rex Ryan-era in New York by keeping the Jets out of the playoffs (and I haven't even mentioned the fact that on the Jets' side you have Tony Sparano and his fist-pumps).
With Indianapolis, it could be as simple as Manning telling Andrew Luck with his play on the field "one day you might be ready, but not now, I'm still the Man-ning."
Also something else to keep in mind: this article from ESPN.com states according to sources that while Manning is open to signing with an NFC team, he would prefer to remain in the AFC. Based off of this and the Dolphins' schedule, Miami would be the best place for him.