Peyton Manning has finalised a move to the Denver Broncos (16/1 to win Super Bowl XLVII) after he was released by the Indianapolis Colts. The quarterback, who is 36 this month, holds numerous NFL records. In July 2011 he signed a five-year contract extension with Indianapolis. However he missed the entire 2011 season due to a neck injury that required surgery and was released by Indianapolis on 7 March after 14 years with the team.
From 1998 to 2010, he led the Colts to seven AFC South division championships, two AFC championships, and to a Super Bowl championship (Super Bowl XLI). He has won a record four league most valuable player awards.
The Broncos won the AFC West and beat the Pittsburgh Steelers (16/1 to win Super Bowl XLVII) in the playoffs last season because they played with aggression. That and some last minute magic from Tim Tebow. Teams will come at Denver much harder than they came at the Broncos and Tebow last season. Several opponents didn't seem to ever take Denver as seriously as they needed to, much to their chagrin. Now,having had their fingers burned they'll be ready before kickoff.
Last season, Broncos' opponents had to game plan for a running team with a running quarterback. This season Denver will be more orthodox. Although the acquisition of Manning, it could be argued, has painted a big bulls-eye on the side of the Mile High Stadium and whoever they play will be ready from the start.
It is also worth considering the Bronco’s tough schedule next season and Manning has only just recovered from a serious neck injury. Their non-divisional schedule is the NFC South (Tampa Bay, New Orleans, Atlanta, Carolina) the AFC North (Cincinnati, Baltimore, Cleveland, Pittsburgh) plus Houston (9/1 to win Super Bowl XLVII) and New England