» On Sunday, Peyton Manning shrugged off a pair of ho-hum preseason performances to produce his best outing yet against the San Francisco 49ers. The Denver Broncos quarterback finished 10-of-12 passing for 122 yards with a pair of touchdowns. On three first-quarter drives, Manning looked at home in Denver's offense.
Manning's arm has diminished, but his mind has not.
We saw the old veteran jawing at wideouts, shifting linemen and staying ahead of San Francisco's defense. He distributed mostly short and intermediate throws, but also threw a nice long ball to running back Lance Ball along the right sideline. There was concern about Manning's ability to throw to that side of the field, but he challenged the notion with some success on Sunday.
» At one point in the FOX broadcast booth, Troy Aikman and Joe Buck wondered out loud if Terry Bradshaw had fallen asleep. A special moment for viewers nationwide. Earlier on, we were treated to Bradshaw's assessment of quarterback Matt Flynn, tucked away in Seattle: "Barely any good," Bradshaw said, "... Had one good game against Detroit and got rich off it."