Peyton Manning went from being 100 percent himself to something less than 100 percent in a span of six days. Manning had a very characteristic performance in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers and looked poised to lead the Denver Broncos to the playoffs, but that all changed in Week 2 with three early interceptions.
Manning made no excuses for the interceptions, according to Lindsay Jones of The Denver Post. Manning acknowledged they were bad decisions and the throws were into coverage, but he said they had nothing to do with arm strength or being confused by the Atlanta Falcons defensive scheme.
ESPN color analyst Jon Gruden said on the telecast that he believed Manning was fooled by the Falcons' pre-snap movement, and others have suggested Manning's passes lacked zip and seemed to float on deep throws.
Manning's health is now something that bears watching again.
Other AFC West news:
Andy Simms, the agent for defensive back Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, confirmed via Twitter that his client has been signed to the Raiders practice squad.