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September 06, 2013

Peyton Manning Throws 7 TDs, Broncos Rout Ravens: The Baltimore Ravens, opening the NFL season on the road unlike previous Super Bowl champions because of a scheduling issue, gave up seven touchdown passes by Peyton Manning in a 49-27 Denver Broncos rout. Manning was 27-of-42 for 462 yards and tied an NFL record for most TD passes in a game. The 37-year-old still has room for improvement: His 141.1 QB rating is not quite a perfect 158.3.

posted by rcade to football at 07:36 AM - 24 comments

I hate QBR so much. "Yeah, he threw more TDs than anyone has in the lifetime of any player in the league, but it wasn't 'perfect.'"

posted by Etrigan at 08:04 AM on September 06

Also, a philosophical/lexigraphicological question for the group: My spouse is of the opinion that it is no longer acceptable to call a certain receiver "WELKAH," as he is from Oklahoma, went to Texas Tech, and has not actually played the majority of his career in nor currently plays anywhere near Bahston. I aver that he made his name in That Fair City and that said name ought reflect its origin (or its ahhrigin, as the case may be).

Which of us is morally, linguistically and/or technically correct?

posted by Etrigan at 08:14 AM on September 06

If you both love the game, both of you are correct.

posted by Scottymac at 08:22 AM on September 06

To put it into perspective, his brother Eli in 2009 got a perfect passing rating going 8/10 for 173 yards and two touchdowns. He left at halftime, but any metric that doesn't adjust for scale to me is completely flawed.

posted by dfleming at 08:25 AM on September 06

In every fantasy football league in America someone hates and someone loves Manning today. I am in the HAte group.

I know this win doesnt erase last years playoff loss, but Damn they looked like world beaters last night. wait till they get Miller and Champ back.

posted by Debo270 at 08:26 AM on September 06

That game was a fun experiment testing the immoveable wall of my hatred of the Baltimore Ravens against the irresistible force of my hatred for Peyton Manning.

posted by Rock Steady at 08:26 AM on September 06

Etrigan: If it helps, I never knew Welker had the nickname of Welkah.

Rock Steady: So, you watched episodes of Spaced all night, then? (sorta like me. but only when the wife was sitting in front of the TV with me.)

posted by NoMich at 09:19 AM on September 06

I think there's an extra vowel in Welker now, given his Okie and Texan ties, so it should be We-ah-ul-ker.

Manning's point total in a standard ESPN league is 46. I had him and Demaryius Thomas and together they total 74.

That's an exciting Broncos team. With even an average defense they should romp, as long as Manning stays healthy.

posted by rcade at 09:31 AM on September 06

In my league, Peyton rolled up 65. I'm pretty sure the rest of my opponent's team could stay in the locker room Sunday with the shits and beat me.

posted by wfrazerjr at 09:39 AM on September 06

Elway throws seven touchdown passes

Hee

posted by Rock Steady at 09:41 AM on September 06

I had Demaryius Thomas vs. Peyton Manning in one of the MeFi leagues, so I'm only down 18 points.

In another (more customized) league that I'm in, I had Manning throwing to Welk[er|ah] and am now 78.9 points up, going from a 17.5 point underdog to a 30.9 favorite.

It's going to be an interesting year -- I'm still afraid that having Manning on my fantasy team means I'm going to end up witnessing a death on live TV when his neck gives out, but he's worth so many points.

posted by Etrigan at 09:45 AM on September 06

If you watch the NFL with Spanish language voice over as I do when my cable service blows its settings and needs a reset, his name is Wes Walker.

He must be a Texas Ranger.

Could be worse. En Espanol, Dennis Pitta's name gets extra emphasis and sounds like a loaf of middle eastern bread.

But Flacco comes through fine. And gets the extra love due to the Tex-Mex linguistic connection. You'd think he was the legendary accordionist himself.

I still can't believe that Harbaugh's championship team got bumped to coach and had to go play a road game in deference to a mid pack baseball team managed by the love child of John McCain and Ernest Borgnine.

posted by beaverboard at 09:46 AM on September 06

With even an average defense

Prior to the arrival of Manning the Broncos D was the only element that kept them competitive. All anyone seems to associate with the Broncos D is the fluke Flacco heave completion in the 2013 playoff game. It should be pointed out that Manning threw 2 picks in that game that directly led to 10 Ravens points. All the Denver offense needed to do was control the ball with the lead and they win.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:58 AM on September 06

Did anyone watch the game on their phone?
No? Didn't think so.

posted by grum@work at 10:35 AM on September 06

That was a huge win for Denver just for the psyche of the fans. Clears out some of the misery that's been hanging in the air around here for the last 7 months. It doesn't erase the playoff loss but it sure is nice that we got to beat the living crap out of the Ravens in front of the entire country.

I went with "Welkah" on his first touchdown. It seems like a name that once you drop the R you can never find it again. Maybe it rolled under the couch?

posted by tron7 at 11:02 AM on September 06

Maybe he dropped it again with that punt.

posted by rcade at 11:03 AM on September 06

I aver that he made his name in That Fair City and that said name ought reflect its origin

If you find you are pronouncing his name solely for effect,
then you may be morally, but never technically, correct.

posted by yerfatma at 12:07 PM on September 06

It seems like a name that once you drop the R you can never find it again. Maybe it rolled under the couch?

It's lodged between two trays of shit grass at Reliant Stadium.

posted by beaverboard at 01:11 PM on September 06

Also, a philosophical/lexigraphicological question for the group: My spouse is of the opinion that it is no longer acceptable to call a certain receiver "WELKAH," as he is from Oklahoma, went to Texas Tech, and has not actually played the majority of his career in nor currently plays anywhere near Bahston. I aver that he made his name in That Fair City and that said name ought reflect its origin (or its ahhrigin, as the case may be).

Which of us is morally, linguistically and/or technically correct?

Welker came into the league in 2004 and has played 3 seasons in Miami (plus played in one game of his first season for San Diego), 6 in New England, and now part of 1 in Denver. So, he has actually played the majority of his professional career in New England. Plus, 672 of 777 career catches (divide by 7, multiply by 6 and what do you get? -- Whoreslayer's Younger Brother?) came in NE, 37 of his 40 touchdowns receiving TDs, etc. and there you go. Safe to associate him with New England for the foreseeable and likely for the entirety of his career. If he was a Hall of Famer (I suspect he's not, although tack on a couple of years catching 70-100 passes from Manning and who knows) and the Pro Football HoF enshrined players as members of a certain team (it does not), my money would be on him going in as a Patriot.

posted by holden at 02:37 PM on September 06

I've got him in a Yahoo league: projected: 53.63 ... actual: 89.14.

Then there's an ESPN league: I had Welker for 16 ... problem was my opponent had Manning for 46.

Yeah, Peyton's washed up!

posted by jjzucal at 03:49 PM on September 06

...once you drop the R you can never find it again.

As a native Bostonian, I've been dropping Rs all my life. My wife says I can't find them because my head is up my Rs. Or maybe she meant to spell that "arse"? Anyway, half of New England is mumbling and grumbling about how cheap, dumb, or insensitive Patriots were to let Welker go. This will last until sometime Sunday afternoon, at which time, the half will be reduced to 10% or increased to 90%, depending on Pats vs Bills outcome.

For me, it's not so much about Manning's greatness but more about where Baltimore's defense went. As good as Ray Lewis or Ed Reed were, they were important but not vital to the Ravens D. WTF, Ravens?

My dislike of Peyton Manning stems from the feeling that watching a Denver game -- and before that, Colts -- is watching Peyton Manning and a bunch of other guys rather than watching a team perform. OK, I get it. Manning is indeed good and deserves all of the many accolades thrown his way. Perhaps it's the broadcasters and writers who seem to put all of the team's success on Manning's credit. Perhaps it's Manning's way of running the offense, with his gestures, looks, hand waving, and the like, that make it look like the other 10 guys in the offense are just not worthy of being on the same field as he. Anyway, I still dislike him and wish nothing but evil upon his endeavors, while simultaneously recognizing that his success contributes greatly to the overall appeal of football.

posted by Howard_T at 04:38 PM on September 06

I'm in the same boat re Manning, Howard. I consider it an enlightened mind that can hold the thoughts "Peyton Manning is one of the greatest quarterbacks in history" and "Peyton Manning sucks" simultaneously.

posted by Etrigan at 04:53 PM on September 06

Etrigan, if you were Buddha I'd be in Nirvana right now.

posted by yerfatma at 05:43 PM on September 06

Peyton Manning went number two in one of my fantasy drafts. I guess he knew something we didn't.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 09:14 AM on September 07

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