ANDERSON, Ind. -- Colts quarterback Peyton Manning has started 208 consecutive games, the longest streak in the NFL. He'll sit out most of the preseason recovering from neck surgery, allowing Curtis Painter to take over and give Colts Nation a glimpse of life should Manning have a setback or get hurt during the season.
It probably won't be a comfortable sampling.
Any team could be in trouble if its starting quarterback gets hurt. We all know that. With so much quarterback activity in the NFL, starting with the draft, let's take a look at the teams that have a chance should their starting quarterback go down and examine teams that could be in dire straits if they have to go to the backup.
Teams with adequate relief
Green Bay Packers: Matt Flynn started one game last season and came in when Aaron Rodgers went down in another. The Packers lost both games but Flynn showed he can play the position. He even drew some trade interest this offseason. He's not a supreme talent but he's a big-time gamer who teammates want to play hard for. The defending champs have a nice safety net in Flynn.
Buffalo Bills: For starters, the quarterback situation isn't ideal, but the free-agent acquisition of Tyler Thigpen provides a solid option to Ryan Fitzpatrick. Thigpen played well when he was with coach Chan Gailey in Kansas City. That comfort level could prompt Gailey to insert Thigpen as the starter at some point if Fitzpatrick falters.
Better keep the starter upright
Indianapolis Colts: Painter will get his chances in the preseason but he can't run this offense anywhere close to how Manning does.
Carolina Panthers: All signs point to No. 1 overall draft pick Cam Newton being the starter. Although he has a steep learning curve, he also has the ability to make something out of a broken play. If the Panthers have to go to Jimmy Clausen or Derek Anderson, that's the sign of another rough season.