Published: Fri, January 08, 2016
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Broncos going with Peyton Manning, Denver +580 to win Super Bowl 50

Peyton Manning, the creaky warrior on his last legs, will start in the Broncos opening playoff game instead of Brock Osweiler, the strong-armed youngster with his best days ahead.

The Denver Broncos have announced that quarterback Peyton Manning will start in the playoffs in the divisional round on January 17, according to the Broncos' team website. Maybe the Broncos want to give Manning enough time to prepare for the game, but the fact remains that Denver has now lost any element of surprise when it comes to their opponent (Pittsburgh, Houston, or Kansas City) drafting up their defensive gameplan.

Either way, the questions won't stop, especially if Manning underperforms and Osweiler remains on the bench as he enters free agency.

The news of Manning starting comes with the announcement that Osweiler sprained his knee against the Chargers, but should be ready to go as Manning's backup by next Sunday.

After a setback a couple of weeks ago, Manning suited up Sunday for the first time since the injury but Osweiler kept his starting job.

While it seems Manning would be the obvious choice based on his experience in the post season, Broncos fans might feel a little nervous about Peyton's return.

Osweiler, who went 5-2 for Denver as a starter, finished with 14-for-22 for 232 yards passing against San Diego but paid the price after his offense turned the ball over five times in its first nine possessions.

Manning, of course, played most of his career with the Indianapolis Colts and was their quarterback for 19 playoff games (in eleven different appearances). He felt like putting Tyler in was a good move for us as a football team. Coach Bill Belichick waited until the following Wednesday (there was no extra week off before the Super Bowl that year) to announce Brady as his starter.

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