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Peyton Manning: What to Expect from Broncos' QB vs. Falcons

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 9:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos runs onto the field during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on September 9, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Justin WeltonAnalyst IISeptember 15, 2012

Before Week 1, we had no idea what to expect from Peyton Manning following sitting out all of last year. Now that we have seen him against a quality defense in a regular season NFL game, that has all changed.

Here is what you should expect to see in Week 2 at Atlanta. 


Cool, Calm and Collected

Playing in domes in a hostile environment on Monday Night Football can be difficult for any quarterback in the NFL, but Manning has a little experience playing in domes over the course of his 15-year career.

Manning may be one of the best dome quarterbacks in NFL history when his career is said and done, and we will get a glimpse of just what he will do against the Falcons.

Controlling the tempo, doing what he does at the line of scrimmage by switching plays to accommodate his offense and making the correct reads will be witnessed Monday night in Atlanta.

He's going to put on a clinic at the line of scrimmage. 



Manning was deadly accurate against the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday night despite sitting on the sidelines watching Ben Roethlisberger run play after play after play. He went 19-of-26 for 253 yards and two touchdowns. 

His completion percentage was 73.1 percent.

Despite Pittsburgh being banged-up, it was still an impressive performance against a quality defense in his debut from neck surgery.

Monday's game will come down to protection just like it generally does in football. Pittsburgh couldn't get to Manning last week and he made them pay. 

Atlanta recorded three sacks against Kansas City last week, but they will need to put more pressure on Manning if they plan on slowing down the Broncos' potent offense.


Fantasy Numbers

It's safe to say that Peyton Manning is back not only in the NFL but in fantasy football as well.

Expect Manning to eclipse 20 points for the second straight week in fantasy football as Monday night's game provides fans a shootout. 

Denver can score the ball with its offense and the Falcons are known for having a high-powered offense led by quarterback Matt Ryan

Let the games begin. 


Statistical prediction

Manning passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns. 

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