It's October. The leaves are changing; summer has left us, and the 2012 NFL season is in full swing. Some teams have surprised their fans and critics, while others have crumpled under pass-rushers and injury bugs.
In Denver, the Mile High City, the Broncos sit at 3-3 after a roller-coaster ride through the first six weeks of the season and then a much-needed bye week.
In Week 8, Denver will take on the New Orleans Saints, and not surprisingly, much of the media attention has been about the Broncos immensely likable and popular quarterback, superstar Peyton Manning.
Manning has revived the Broncos and turned them into a team of national relevance. He has also—especially after the Week 6 comeback victory against the San Diego Chargers—made them the front-runners in the lowly AFC West.
Denver's wins and losses have of course been team efforts, yet for today, let's take Peyton Manning back to school and make him think it's 1996 in Tennessee. Here's a full report card for Manning at the NFL's midseason mark.