Peyton Manning hates cold weather even more than your grandparents do. If it were up to him, he’d be soaking up the rays at Del Boca Vista and hitting the early bird specials at Golden Corall with his other old friends. The MVP candidate spent 14 year playing at least 8 games a season in a dome and is now faced with the challenge of winning a home playoff game in the polar conditions of Denver.
According to a poster in the Russell Street Report forums, Manning is 0-3 in postseason games below 40 degrees. He’s 64-120 with 612 yards, one touchdown and 7 interceptions in those losses. Manning’s Colts fell 41-0 to the Jets and 24-14 and 20-3 to the Patriots.
Saturday’s high in Denver is 22 degrees. For those who are bad at math (myself included), that’s 18 degrees below 40.
In these conditions, the Ravens will be forced to keep the ball on the ground and utilize Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce. In their match up against the Broncos in week 15, Rice only touched the ball just 12 times for 38 yards. He should get at least twice as many carries on Saturday.
Of course, this also means an even heavier workload for Knowshon Moreno, who rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown against Baltimore. They’ll have to find a way to contain the Broncos on offense — or just keep them off the field.