How do you stop Peyton Manning and any high powered offense that he seems to always have behind him? Play him in Foxborough:

Well isn’t that just interesting. What ever could be the reason for this? Sadly the first reason I think of went out the window as soon as Manning signed with Denver: weather.

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With the Colts, Manning was always indoors, since the Colts had an indoor stadium. When Manning would come out to Foxborough he’d be playing in conditions that he wasn’t used to, causing his play to decrease. While moving to Denver did help his ability to deal with the cold, Manning has always had a weakness to weather. I don’t know why, but anytime the Football Gods send rain or wind or snow or cold temps, Manning doesn’t seem to ever be himself. All of those weather patterns can be found at Foxborough, often all in one game.

I don’t want to make this article too long, mainly because it’s late and I need to get up early for work, but I do think that from the beginning of time, Belichick and Brady have always had Manning’s number. They’ve been able to rattle him just enough at key moments in games to get the interception, or force the fumble, or make the play that wins the game.

The Patriots are gonna need every little help they can get going into this game, and if Manning is worried about Foxborough, even jokingly, thats a start.

- Pete Rogers

Peter Rogers 11/21/2013 11:11:00 PM Edit

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