Posted December 06, 2013

Peyton Manning believes he’s the same player in the cold

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Peyton Manning (John Leyba/Getty Images)

Peyton Manning has been experimenting with gloves in the cold weather and snow. (John Leyba/Getty Images)

When the temperature is below freezing, Peyton Manning historically struggles.

The four-time MVP is only 3-7 in the regular season and postseason when the game-time temperature is 32 degrees or colder. In those games, he has 11 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and a completion percentage of 59.4, which is significantly lower than his career average of 65.4.

And while the 16-year veteran didn’t always have to worry about the cold playing for the Colts, who have a domed stadium, Denver is a different story.

Still, when asked Wednesday if he thinks he’s a different player in wintry conditions, Manning said, “I don’t.”

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When asked why he felt that way, Manning said, “That’s not how I feel, so … did I miss the question?”

Manning now wears a fitted glove on his throwing hand in rain, cold or snow. He wore gloves on both hands in a loss to New England two weeks ago when he threw for 150 yards, and on his throwing hand this past weekend in a win over Kansas City when he had 403 yards and five touchdowns.

“It’s just part of the adjustment I’ve kind of had to make,” Manning said about wearing gloves. “I’ve said that I’ve had to make a lot of changes at this point in my career. I’m kind of coming off an injury and different team. It’s just been part of the adjustment … and still working through it kind of each time that I wear it.”

The Broncos (10-2) have two more regular season home games — Sunday against the Titans and next Thursday against the Chargers. They are likely to host at least one playoff game, and if not, could travel back to New England.

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1 comments
SweetLightCrude
SweetLightCrude

And now its officially in his head. 

And it's pretty roomy in there.