Oct 042013

peyton16The Denver Broncos have not yet stepped onto the field at AT&T Stadium, and the Dallas Cowboys defense is already sick of Peyton Manning, according to Tim McMahon of ESPN Dallas:

IRVING, Texas — All due respect to Peyton Manning, but some Dallas Cowboys defenders would rather not participate in all the raving about the Denver Broncos quarterback’s record-setting pace.

Manning leads the league in every major passing category entering Sunday’s game at AT&T Stadium, having thrown for 1,470 yards and 16 touchdowns without an interception during Denver’s 4-0 start. Those numbers, along with Manning’s 138.0 passer rating, project to shatter NFL records for a season.

Naturally, Manning’s spectacular start has provided ample fodder for media questioning in the Cowboys’ locker room this week.

“I’m sick of hearing about Peyton Manning this and that and that,” said linebacker Ernie Sims, who expects to replace struggling starter Bruce Carter in the lineup Sunday. “We’ve got to go out and do what we’ve got to do. You hear it all the time. Guys walk in the locker room: ‘Peyton Manning threw for four touchdowns, this and that.’ I’m just sick of it.

“Yeah, he’s a great player. Can’t take that away from him. But at the end of the day, we’re all competitors. Me being a competitor, I don’t like that. I’m ready. I’m ready to play football.”

Before declining to take questions and declaring himself “closed to the media this week,” perennial Pro Bowl pass-rusher DeMarcus Ware said, “All y’all want to do is talk about Peyton Manning.”

A wobbling defense that has surrendered two 400-yard passing games in four tries and ranks 27th against the pass facing Peyton Manning’s Broncos, who lead the league in yardage (483 per game) and points per game (44.8) can expect to field such questions.

What happens when an unstoppable force meets an unmovable object?

Wait. Never mind. Wrong formula.

What happens when an irresistible force invades an unprotected arena?

That depends.

The outcome will come down to sacks. Either the perturbed Ernie Sims, DeMarcus Ware and company will sack Peyton or his marauders will sack Jerry’s village.