Peyton Manning: Bounce-Back Outing vs. Texans Shows Broncos Need Not Worry

Sam R. Quinn@SamQuinn_Senior Analyst IIISeptember 24, 2012

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 23:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos reacts on the field during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on September 23, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Texans defeated the Broncos 31-25.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Peyton Manning didn't lead the Denver Broncos to a win Sunday against the Houston Texans, but he put forth a very necessary, bounce-back effort at home.

In his second home game of the season, Manning threw for 330 yards and two touchdowns while completing 50 percent of his whopping 52 attempts.

After questions arose about what seemed to be a lack of arm strength exhibited against the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football, Manning dispelled many of those notions with a performance akin to that of which we saw for over a decade with the Indianapolis Colts.

For now, Broncos fans need not worry—about their quarterback, at least.

The Broncos have shown a disheartening propensity to fall behind early on, and have paid for their early shortcomings in the form of back-to-back losses.

No team should let up four passing touchdowns to an opponent that is as focused on dominating the running game as the Texans are. Matt Schaub connected with four different targets en route to throwing for 290 yards and a 115.3 quarterback rating.

The Texans are one of the best and most complete teams in the league, but the Broncos defense gave Manning and the offense virtually no chance to pull out a win.

Jack Del Rio's defense allowed 31 points before the third quarter came to a close, and ensured that Manning would be staring at a 20-point deficit in the final period.

Denver's inability to contain the Texans allowed Gary Kubiak's team to key in on the pass for the entirety of the final quarter.

We all know how good Manning is, but he's not good enough to dominate one of the top defenses when that defense knows the pass is coming. In spite of that, Manning managed to find Brandon Stokley and Joel Dreessen in the end zone while throwing for 100 yards over the final 16-plus minutes of play.

Once again, after many had come to the conclusion that Manning was in the middle of a serious decline, he put up great numbers.

The Broncos have yet to prove that they can be considered a serious competitor in the AFC West. However, nothing is out of the question when Manning gets to play six games against the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs.