maddog60 wrote:While I'm not predicting ultimate doom and gloom for Peyton Manning here, I'm wondering where this concept that the reason Manning's numbers are down is because he's playing to win is coming from? I mean, take a look at the Cleveland game. Cleveland had a chance to win, right till the very end. It wasn't a game where Indy could've or should've been running the ball just to chew up clock and a protect a lead. A 7 point lead is not good enough in the NFL, you need at least a 2 score lead before you pull that stuff.
THANK YOU. Exactly. The entire fantasy community is taking this attitude that Peyton is intentionally underperforming in order to open up the running game. Every single game INDy has played, they could have lost. Somehow the fact that, if your quarterback plays well, you ALWAYS have a better chance to win, doesn't seem to matter.
I'm not saying Peyton is going to have last year's year again, but I am saying that he and Dungy aren't sitting around right now, thrilling at how well the offense is playing.
One last thing on this topic:
Edge's rushes/game through three games last year: 24
Edge's rushes/game so far this year: 25.67
1.5 more carries per game, across three close games, just doesn't signal a radical shift in offensive philosophy to me.