Quarterback put under the microscope as winter is coming in the NFL.
He might be one of the best quarterbacks of all time, but critics of Peyton Manning have called out his record in cold weather as a reason why he might struggle for the rest of the NFL season.
With his Denver Broncos almost certain to make a deep playoff run and play plenty of home games at Mile High Stadium, some have questioned if Manning will be able to former when it matters.
Manning is 3-7 in the regular season and postseason combined when the game-time temperature is 32 degrees or colder.
He’s thrown for 11 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions in those games and his completion percentage is 59.4 percent, well below his career average of 65.4.
His 214.1 passing yards per game in those 10 outings are also well below his career average of 269.5.
Manning flat out said he didn’t think he was better or worse player depending on the conditions, with Denver coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Adam Gase also rubbishing the suggestions.
“I’ve only been around him two years, but the thing that pisses me off more than anything is I don’t want anybody else as my quarterback,” Gase said.
I’m going to go in with him every Sunday. It’s a great feeling to have when you’ve got him back there, you know your chances of winning are pretty good. When you don’t have a guy like that, and I’ve been in that spot a lot, and that sucks. So I’ll take [Manning] any day of the week.”