Mike Freeman's NFL Team Report Cards, Post-Week 1 Edition

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Mike Freeman's NFL Team Report Cards, Post-Week 1 Edition
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Peyton Manning made this week's grades easy-peasy. He stole the show. Not just against the defending Super Bowl champions, but he stole the stage for the entire first week. The performance itself is well documented, but what it also did was cause ripples along the space-time-NFL continuum.

Normally, one game doesn't mean much, but Manning's seven touchdown passes, tying a decades-old NFL record, was different. It vaulted the Broncos to the top of the NFL's hierarchy, because Manning, always extremely accurate, looked even more radar locked.

There's something different about him. While his arm strength looks a tad weaker, his ability to hit targets in stride has improved.

Manning may be a playoff choker, but he dominates the regular season, and his performance against the Ravens means he'll likely dominate it again.

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