- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Is Peyton Manning over the hill? Is Manning’s arm strength not what it used to be?
The New England Patriots aren't buying it.
New England is hosting Manning and the Denver Broncos this weekend in a battle of high-profile, .500 teams. The Patriots are preparing for the same dangerous Manning they’ve always seen pre-neck injury.
"I just see a guy who is making extremely good decisions and is doing a great job of getting the ball to the receivers that are open," Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia said. "I haven’t seen any issues with that whatsoever. He looks like he’s throwing the ball extremely well, extremely confident and getting it into some really tight locations and I just think it’s building every week. I think he’s just doing a tremendous job out there."
Manning is coming off his best performance as a Bronco in a 37-6 victory over the Oakland Raiders. Manning threw for 338 yards and three touchdowns.
Fortunately for the Patriots, they have had Manning's number. Brady is 8-4 against Manning. Most of these games had a lot on the line, and this is no different. Both teams were favorites to win their divisions and don’t want to fall to 2-3.