QB Peyton Manning has never been a quarterback to play that elite level of ball on the road the same way that he did at the RCA Dome (and then Lucas Oil Field) for the Indianapolis Colts. Now though, he has to return to one of his most hated destinations in football this week, Gillette Stadium for a clash between his Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots in Week 5.
This is the first of a brutal stretch of games for the Broncos, who have already played three of their eight home games for the year. They’re back at home just once between now and November 18th, and this is where we are going to see if this team is a contender or a pretender.
On the road in his career, Manning has looked human, posting a quarterback rating of just 91.9 to go with 194 touchdowns against 112 picks. He has two more games played at home in his career, but he has thrown 23 fewer interceptions and 19 more touchdowns than the numbers that he has on the road.
That was the case in Week 2 as well when Manning couldn’t get the Broncos on the board for the first time until there were just six ticks left on the clock in the second quarter against the Atlanta Falcons. Granted, the Falcons are among the best teams in the league right now, but still, Manning was picked off three times in the first quarter of that game, and he finished the day with just 241 yards and one score.
Manning also has 23 picks against the Patriots in 16 career games against them, which is more than he has against any other team in the league, and he has a woeful quarterback rating (by his own standards) of just 89.9 against them.