I was watching “The Book of Manning” last night and, I gotta tell you, I enjoyed it. It was good stuff seeing the old Manning family photo albums and home movies. Appropriately enough, there was a part in the documentary that detailed how Peyton Manning’s extreme competitiveness sometimes led to him being a little cranky. All these years later, not much has changed.
Despite engineering the league’s most high-powered offense and quarterbacking a team that’s clearly the favorite to reach the Super Bowl out of the AFC, Manning was stomping his feet Tuesday, much like he did in the ESPN special. Why? Because of what he believes to be the Eagles’ unfair scheduling advantage entering Sunday’s matchup.
“We’re coming off a short week. It was nice of the NFL to give Philly 12 days and give us six,” Manning said.
Despite being factually incorrect–the Eagles will have had 10 days off–Manning needs to slow his roll a little bit. As Chip Kelly noted when he was made aware of Manning’s comments, the Eagles opened the season playing three games in 11 days. What’s more, Denver has had it’s share of scheduling breaks this season. They hosted Baltimore on a Thursday night (and not on short rest) to open the season when it should have been a long-distance road game and they were also afforded a 10 day rest prior to their Week 2 trip to The Meadowlands. So what the hell, man?
My guess is that come Sunday, none of this will likely matter after the Broncos hang 40+ on the Eagles, but still.