On Now
Coming Up
  • Sat., Jan. 20, 2018 12:00 AM MST NFLPA Collegiate Bowl NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California.
  • Sat., Jan. 20, 2018 12:00 AM MST East-West Shrine Game East-West Shrine Game, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida.
  • Sat., Jan. 27, 2018 12:30 PM MST Senior Bowl Senior Bowl, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama.
  • Tue., Feb. 27, 2018 12:00 AM MST NFL Scouting Combine begins Feb. 27-March 5: NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Mon., Mar. 12, 2018 12:00 AM MDT Clubs may negotiate with unrestricted free agents March 12-14: Clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2017 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14.
  • Wed., Mar. 14, 2018 2:00 PM MDT 2018 league year and free agency period begin

    Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must exercise options for 2018 on all players who have option clauses in their 2017 contracts.

    Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit qualifying offers to their Restricted Free Agents with expiring contracts to retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation.

    Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit a minimum salary tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2017 contracts who have fewer than three accrued seasons of free agency credit.

    Top 51 begins. All clubs must be under the 2018 salary cap prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time.

    All 2017 player contracts will expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

    The 2018 league year and free agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

    The first day of the 2018 league year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the league office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14.

    The first day of the 2018 league year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the league office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14.

    Trading period for 2018 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2017 contracts.

  • Sun., Mar. 25, 2018 12:00 AM MDT Annual League Meetings begin March 25-28: Annual League Meetings, Orlando, Florida.
  • Mon., Apr. 16, 2018 12:00 AM MDT Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs April 16: Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
  • Thu., Apr. 26, 2018 6:00 PM MDT 2018 NFL Draft begins April 26-28: 2018 NFL Draft, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX.
Print
RSS

Manning, Broncos Want Consistency

Posted Sep 26, 2012

While the Broncos have been stellar in the fourth quarter, quarterback Peyton Manning said the team needs to extend that performance to all 60 minutes.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Consistency.

Off to a 1-2 start, it's what quarterback Peyton Manning and the Broncos are looking for to get back in the win column.

Through three games, the Broncos have excelled in the fourth quarter, but on the whole, struggled in the first three frames.

Why? Manning said that's hard to pinpoint.

"I don’t think I know enough yet to call something a pattern," Manning said. "In the first and third quarters, we’re not scoring enough points. We’re all looking at that. Seeing what it is that we can do as players, the coaches are looking at it. We’d sort of like to find the answer. I don’t think there’s a special secret formula as far as changing the pregame routine, I think it’s more sound football. We’re capable of playing it. We’ve shown in some critical times in the game. We just need to show it more consistently.”

To the quarterback's point, in the first and third quarters, the Broncos have scored single-digit points through three games.

Denver has been stronger in the second quarter, scoring 20 total points in that frame -- but the club has still been outscored by its opponents, 34-20.

It's the fourth quarter when the Broncos have come alive, outscoring opponents 45-6 through three games. The difference of 39 points is the best in the NFL.

"I think we have made more plays in the fourth quarter for whatever reason, so it’s certainly not a fatigue factor going on," Manning said. "Our challenge is getting out of the box a little bit earlier."

That becomes all the more important on Sunday against an Oakland Raiders team flying high after a comeback victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 3.

Manning acknowledged that the Raiders will likely enter Sunday's game -- Denver's AFC West opener -- with "a lot of momentum."

But the Broncos will have the advantage of the Sports Authority Field at Mile High crowd behind them.

"When you play at home, you feel like because of the crowd here, the noise -- that place was rocking there at the end of the (Houston) game in the fourth quarter -- you like to be able to kind of reward those fans with a win when you have it," Manning said. "Especially in these division games, because division games are tough on the road, so you like to able to win the ones at home.”

Getting off to a fast start and getting the crowd behind them is a priority for the Broncos, Manning said, but not a necessity.

"If you don't, you can still win a game," he said.

But fast start or not, the team knows it needs to put together 60 minutes of solid football to get its AFC West slate off to the right start.

"We have to take care of our job better — execute and getting off to a better start and just being more consistent," Manning said. "We certainly have shown flashes of it. It’s been in the fourth quarter, end of the second half. Whatever it is, we need to find a way to be better for four quarters.”