#5: Will Peyton Manning be able to create one more magical season, or will he continue his decline into retirement?
Aug 29, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) throws a pass during the first half against the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
This question doesn’t just apply to opening day, but to the entire season. Opening day will be a good teller for this season, but watching last season, there is no denying that Manning had a huge dropoff in production from the season before.
Despite having a ton of great players to throw to and a near-identical offensive line, Manning was unable to produce the way he did in 2013. With Manning nearing 40, this may be his last chance to win another Super Bowl and remove the label of “regular season QB” that has rightfully been given to him.
Manning will have to cope with the loss of Julius Thomas and Wes Welker (although the latter won’t be too difficult), but he still has enough talent around him to be able to make one final Super Bowl push. If Manning is unable to bring a Super Bowl championship to Denver after 4 seasons, their investment in him as their savior will have been completely wasted.
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