Peyton Manning: Denver's QB Will Bounce Back Against the Houston Texans

Hector DiazAnalyst ISeptember 22, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 17:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos calls a play against the Atlanta Falcons during a game at the Georgia Dome on September 17, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Peyton Manning needs to improve. 

As improbable as that sounds, he did look shaky last week against the Atlanta Falcons. Manning started the season with an impressive 31-19 victory as he threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns against the Steelers. His performance showed virtually no rust from sitting out the entire 2011 season with a neck injury. 

But Manning seemed to take a step back in Monday night’s 21-27 loss in Atlanta. Not only did he get a check in the loss column, but he threw three interceptions and was sacked three times, according to

These sorts of numbers are uncommon for Manning, but his matchup in Week 3 should make him feel better about his situation. 

Manning and the Broncos are up against the 2-0 Houston Texans, a team Manning is definitely accustomed to playing against since he played in the AFC South for his entire career. 

In fact, Manning has dominated the Texans so much that it should not be considered a rivalry. Manning has an overall record of 16-2 against Houston. 

Houston has improved since Manning last wore a Colts uniform, but this may be a case of simply having the Texans’ number. The Texans have been a formidable team in the past but still did not manage to get many wins against Manning. 

According to the, Manning’s 16-2 record against the Texans is the third-best record by a quarterback against a single team in history. 

That Manning has switched teams should not be a big difference considering that he runs the majority of the offensive plays himself and often relies on audibles to get the job done. 

Either way, expect Manning to prove his worth once against a very familiar foe in the Houston Texans.