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Thursday, November 15, 2012
Sunday Countdown: Luck, Peyton, more

By staff

"Sunday NFL Countdown" airs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET on ESPN. Here are some of the features you can see this week.

Also, check out our experts’ picks.

A quarterback’s hits: In half a season, rookie Andrew Luck has turned the Colts from a one-win team into a playoff contender. He sets the tone not just with his arm, but with his tackling. After throwing an interception last week, Luck tracked down the defender, Dawan Landry, and made a tackle. Last year against USC, Luck made an incredible hit on a fumble return. What is the message Luck is sending his teammates by not shying away from confrontation and delivering some unexpected big hits?

Painting Peyton Manning’s comeback: Last month on "Monday Night Football," Peyton Manning orchestrated an incredible comeback against the Chargers. Down 24-0 at the half, the Broncos scored 35 unanswered points and Manning threw three touchdown passes, pulling off the fourth biggest regular-season comeback in NFL history. An artist helps us paint a portrait of the victory that turned Denver’s season around.

When legends talk: Whether its Joe Namath, Joe Theismann or Roger Staubach, it has become commonplace to hear NFL legends call out and criticize their former teams in the press. Just this week, Phil Simms said that Eli Manning isn’t an elite quarterback. What is the impact comments like these have on teams, which have no choice but to pay attention to these iconic former players? How frustrating is it for current coaches and players to deal with these legends’ comments, which more often than not serve as a distraction in their week-to-week preparations?

Flacco goes deep: Joe Flacco and the Ravens are one of the best big-play offenses in football. Who better than our quarterback expert, Ron Jaworski, to head to Charm City to uncover the chemistry and the keys to success between Flacco and his receivers. Jaws explains why the deep ball could be the deciding factor Sunday night in a crucial AFC North showdown between the Ravens and Steelers.

DJ Porter on the NFC East: No division has been as surprising and dramatic through 10 weeks as the NFC East. From RG3’s dynamic start to the Cowboys’ and Eagles’ struggles to the Giants’ hot start then cool stretch, the NFC East has been blazing with storylines. DJ Porter spins his take on four of the most intriguing teams in football.