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How Defenses Are Helping Manning Succeed

Reuters

Here's the book on Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning this season: The guy has no zip on the ball. After multiple neck surgeries caused him to miss all of last season, he's heroically making due with his smarts and grit rather than his rusty arm. His team's 11-3 record is a minor miracle.

If you're not sure whether to believe this gloomy assessment of Peyton Manning, just ask the guy who is most responsible for perpetuating it: Peyton Manning. "I still have rehab that I have to do and I have strength that I have to recover," the future Hall-of-Famer told reporters Sunday after picking apart the Baltimore Ravens, 34-17. When asked about the state of his right arm, Manning fumbled for words and said he didn't even know how to answer the question.

"I...

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