We know John Elway had a lot to do with convincing Peyton to chose Denver, which is one of America's great cities, but it just seems odd to us that he would want to play out his career in the elements when he has always been considered a "dome" quarterback.
The Broncos play in the outdoors - many times in extreme weather and always in thinning air - and their three division opponents are all outdoor/grass teams as well.
This year, the Broncos will play indoors only once: at Atlanta. It will be interesting to see how Manning does outside the comfort of the indoors.
We also think switching divisions (an advantage in this case) at this stage of his career could have undesired results.
The AFC West passing defenses will be a mixture of challenges for Manning, in case you were asking, Kansas City was sixth overall vs the pass. Oakland was more forgiving at 27. San Diego was in the middle, finishing 13th overall.
When it comes to sacks, none of these teams performed in the top half of the league in that category.
This year, however, the Broncos won't have it as easy as they did in 2011. They have the league's 2nd most difficult schedule (behind the Giants, who are No. 1) and Manning will face off against Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Andy Dalton, Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan and Cam Newton in non-division games....
Peyton Manning in another NFL uniform just seems unnatural. We shall see how real he makes it come September.