Broncos vs. Jaguars: Should Denver Rest Peyton Manning if Up By Large Margin?

By Ryan Heckman
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

“We’re playing a good football team.”

Peyton Manning — what a nice, swell guy.

As the Denver Broncos get ready to tear apart — I mean, take on — the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, one of the hottest topics has been whether or not Manning will play the entire game.

Well, what else do you expect us to talk about? It’s virtually one of the best offenses in the history of football going against one of the worst teams in the history of football. Granted, Manning seems to think they are a good football team, but let’s be honest — he’s nuts.

The Broncos could be on pace to break the all-time record for points scored in a season in 2013, and going against the Jaguars they just might be able to score 70 if they wanted to.

But, will they?

Probably not.

It is widely speculated that if the Broncos are up by a few touchdowns — by that, I mean three or more — that Manning could sit as early as halftime. Now, I don’t believe they should rest the All Pro quarterback by halftime, however I do think it’d be smart to sit him midway through the third quarter if the game is out of hand.

I know, there are plenty of folks wanting to see Manning play the entire game and toss his way into the record books yet again this season. But, in the long run, you never know what could happen injury-wise.

A team like the Jaguars has nothing to lose — except another game. Therefore, there comes a time where these guys just play with no regard for really anything at all. Not to say that they are out to hurt anyone, but Manning would be doing himself a favor to rest after a certain point in this one.

When will that point come? No one is sure. But, most are positive that the Broncos could win this one hardly trying at all.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.



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