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The Power of Peyton Manning

Bowe FertigCorrespondent IDecember 5, 2009

HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 29:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts changes the play at the line of  scrimmage against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on November 29, 2009 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Bob Levey/Getty Images

When this week began, I thought I had a clear upset pick that nobody would think about. A Titans win over the Colts.

Why not?

Vince Young is 9-0 in his last nine starts and maneuvered a 99-yard touchdown drive to beat Arizona to cap off his best NFL performance yet.

Chris Johnson has rushed for more than 125 yards in six straight games leading the league with 1,396 rushing yards. It’s not coincidental that Johnson has rushed for 800 yards since VY has started at quarterback. Both compliment each others game well.  

Defensively, the Colts are 23rd against the run and 28th against the pass. With Bob Sanders out and Dwight Freeney questionable, their defense seems more vulnerable to give up more points than usual.

The Colts really hurt with Sanders out of the lineup and a banged-up Freeney can free up Young for more opportunities for bigger plays.

Everything is going better than expected for the Titans at this point, and what a perfect time to play the undefeated Colts in their late playoff push.

Young went old school last week against opposing quarterback Matt Leinart with a winning-touchdown drive, Johnson is now considered the No. 1 running back in the league, and the Titan defense is finally coming to their own.

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All this was taken into consideration when I thought the Titans were going to give the Colts their first loss of the season. But then after noticing that there were more people than I thought who believed the Titans were going to beat the Colts it hit me. There are many people who still underestimate the power of Peyton Manning.  

The Colt’s quarterback has been 11-0 before in 2005-06, and has lead the Colts to a NFL best 11-plus wins in a season for seven straight seasons. The Colt’s lead by Manning can be considered one of the best NFL teams in a seven-year stretch.  

The nine-time pro bowler seems to be successful year in and year out adjusting to new players and coaches. This fact highlights Manning’s ability to maintain his winning ways with whom ever around him.

Manning is on another mission this time to finish the season a perfect 16-0 and only with a few teams left in his way don’t expect Manning to go down lightly.

The only thing that worries me about Manning right now is that he has thrown two interceptions in his last three games.

But in the month of December, Manning turns on a switch throwing for 30 touchdowns and five interceptions in his last three Decembers. 

What a time to be on the brink of breaking the regular-season record of 21 straight wins held by the slightly-hated Patriots.

The last time Manning lost in December at home was in 2007 against Tennessee. Manning only played the first half of that game resting up for the playoffs and with winning his last 11 home games the power of Peyton is extra potent in the month of December at home.

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