How Peyton Manning Is Proving His Doubters Wrong on a Weekly Basis

Jamal Collier@@JCollierDAnalyst IIIOctober 29, 2012

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 28:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos warms up prior to the game against the New Orleans Saints at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on October 28, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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Peyton Manning had an awful lot of questions to answer during the 2012 NFL offseason. He had even more to answer during the 2012 NFL season—and has addressed them with signature performances on a weekly basis.

First, it was a matter of where he would go after being released by the Indianapolis Colts in March. Then it was a question of how durable and productive he would be with the Denver Broncos.

Now, it’s worth wondering if/when he’ll lend his musical talents—should he have any—to a Papa John’s Pizza commercial after becoming one of its most famous franchisees.

Manning and the 4-3 Broncos began the season with a home win against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He threw for 253 yards, two touchdowns and no turnovers.

He proved he could take an NFL hit, but fans still wondered about whether he could take his show on the road and be productive in front of a hostile crowd.

In his first attempt, he couldn’t.

He threw for just 45 yards and three interceptions in the first quarter of the Broncos’ Week 2 contest against the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football.

In the five-and-three-quarters games since, he’s racked up 1,815 passing yards, 15 touchdowns and just one pick. Four of Denver’s first seven games were in prime time, so Manning’s performances were seen by a national audience.

Those questions about his arm strength seem to have been addressed in recent weeks, too. If Manning’s arm isn’t exactly what it used to be before his multiple neck surgeries, then he’s done a pretty good job compensating for it in recent weeks.

Manning has topped 300 passing yards and thrown three touchdown passes in each of the last four games; two of those were on the road.

The man himself has mentioned that football is more difficult than it was earlier in his career, but he’s been able to perform at a career-best pace for multiple statistical categories.

After all, there were no questions about his football I.Q.