Ready or not here comes Peyton Manning

September, 30, 2013
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SAN DIEGO -- This might not be the best time for the Dallas Cowboys to see Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.

After Philip Rivers torched the Cowboys for 401 yards on 35-of-42 passing with three touchdowns in the San Diego Chargers’ 31-20 win Sunday, they have to get ready for the otherworldly Manning.

“It’s going to be a tough game,” linebacker Sean Lee said. “We’ve got a tough schedule. We’ve got to start winning week in and week out and you’ve got to play great quarterbacks and great teams every week. Until we lock it down and beat teams week in and week out we’re going to be that 8-8 football team.”

Manning, who will be making his first appearance at AT&T Stadium, has the Broncos undefeated (4-0) with 16 touchdowns and no interceptions. He has completed 117 of 156 passes for 1,470 yards. The Cowboys were only able to sack Rivers once and were not able to get him off the spot.

"That's not good," defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin said when asked about Manning's impending arrival. "Last time I checked, the quarterback ratings came out this week [and] No. 1 was Manning. Guess who number two was? Rivers."

The only other time Manning visited the area came in 2006 when the 11-0 Indianapolis Colts came to Texas Stadium. Tony Romo was making only his fourth start and the Cowboys beat the Colts 21-14 that day.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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