Peyton Manning: Why Broncos Fans Should Be Optimistic About Their Quarterback

Baily DeeterSenior Writer IIISeptember 1, 2012

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 26:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos signals from the shotgun during the first quarter of a pre-season game against the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on August 26, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Peyton Manning's stats against the 49ers were great, and he has definitely shown some flashes of greatness during the preseason.

However, some other throws have Broncos fans concerned about how Manning will fare during the regular season. 

Manning went 10-for-12 with 122 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter of Denver's preseason game against the 49ers on Sunday. He hit Lance Ball on a deep pass, Eric Decker on a corner route for a touchdown and Decker for another touchdown on the right side.

The star quarterback, who has reportedly been struggling with throws to his right, threw an interception against the Chicago Bears and two interceptions against the Seahawks in Denver's first two preseason games. According to the report from, (the link is above), Manning's passes looked wobbly, and he struggled to throw well consistently (against Seattle).

Against San Francisco, Manning looked good. He led Denver downfield and made some perfect throws, including a 38-yard beauty to Lance Ball. However, some of the throws he made that were caught weren't perfect. Brandon Stokley made a spectacular one-handed catch, and Demaryius Thomas made a nice adjustment on a throw into traffic.

Still, there's no arguing that Manning performed well and that he's shaken off some of the rust from the first two games. Denver called a lot of throws to the right, and Manning did well on those throws.

Manning rested in the final preseason game, but with some more practice, he should be ready to go for Week 1.

Manning's first game will be against the Pittsburgh Steelers, owners of a great defense. They will certainly come after Manning, try to knock him down and get in his head early. Manning is definitely used to the NFL and taking big hits, so he won't be fazed.

However, his performance will be something to watch for.

During the preseason, Manning's throws have been inconsistent. It's probably because of the rust, since he hadn't played in a game in almost two years. He threw very well against the 49ers, which is a good sign.

After one more preseason game, expect him to be completely ready for Week 1.

Broncos fans weren't concerned about their quarterback over the offseason, since scouts and coaches kept raving about his performance and how he will be completely ready for Week 1. However, his preseason performances concerned some.

Manning has a great track record, including four MVP awards and one Super Bowl title. He's more determined than ever to succeed, and he'll give everything he has to Denver. So, if you're a worried Broncos fan, don't be. Denver will be just fine in 2012.

Eventually, Peyton Manning will add to his legacy in Denver. And that may include a Super Bowl title.