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Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos use pistol formation

We expected to see the pistol formation during Thursday night's preseason opener between the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers (won by the Broncos, 10-6). We did not expect to see Peyton Manning running it.

Manning, who only stayed in the game for one uneventful drive, won't be running any read-option plays. But the pistol formation could give the Broncos' zone-running scheme a boost and give defenses more to worry about.

Also: It is damn good to have football back.

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