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What's trending in the NFL: Peyton Manning predicts bright future for Cam Newton, is quiet about his own future

Here are the top stories from Monday:

The Broncos and Panthers met with the media Monday night. Here's some of our coverage:

Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor's "iguana skin" still recovering from Vikings game (by Sheil Kapadia)

NFL Nation reporters pick the best trash-talker for all 32 NFL teams, with Ravens wideout Steve Smith leading the way. From Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley: "He once said, 'Man, I came out of the womb trash-talking.' Smith hasn't stopped since. He famously told Aqib Talib to 'Ice up, son' after the cornerback failed to finish a game against him."

From Eli Saslow's story on Demaryius Thomas' mom, who finds life outside prison overwhelming, and a trip to the Super Bowl unfathomable: "She already took one trip to a divisional playoff game in Denver in the middle of January -- the best weekend of her life, she says -- but the fatigue that followed left her with a headache that lasted a week. She came home, turned off her phone, closed the door to her bedroom and read the same Bible verses about humility and simplicity that she studied each morning in prison."

Browns fans pledge to Johnny Manziel-free February on Twitter (by Pat McManamon)

Owner Mark Davis says the Raiders are likely to stay in Oakland for 2016, with the team negotiating a one-year lease extension with the O.co Coliseum

Take our quiz: Should you root for Broncos or Panthers in Super Bowl 50?

Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck announces his retirement after 11 seasons in NFL

From Bill Barnwell's story on Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning's imprint on the NFL: "More than anything, if Manning does leave after Sunday, he'll have made his mark by the simple fact that the game itself looks and operates far more like Peyton Manning playing quarterback than it did before he arrived. The act of how the sport is played in the National Football League is fundamentally different today from the way it was in 1998. Our baselines for success and expectations of how teams will play are informed differently. And in many ways, those changes mirror the style of Peyton Manning and the teams on which he played."


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From ESPN Stats & Information research: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has thrown four interceptions in his Super Bowl career, all of which have come on third down. That's the most third-down interceptions in Super Bowl history.