Peyton Manning is already a hot talking point around Winter Park on Monday. The Vikings, who beat the Chargers 31-14 on Sunday, face off against Manning and the Denver Broncos in six days in the Mile High City.
Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn has competed against Manning, and said the 39-year-old quarterback still looks good.
“Guys are saying he’s losing a little arm strength. But last night [in Denver's victory over Detroit] he made some great throws and the receivers made some great plays and they played really well,” Munnerlyn said. “I won’t be star struck. … I just go out there and compete and make plays. That’s what I’m trying to do.”
Manning completed 31 passes for 324 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday’s 24-12 win over the Detroit Lions. He also threw one interception and was sacked once.
Vikings safety Harrison Smith has been watching Manning play since Smith was a young boy growing up in Knoxville, Tenn. Manning was a standout at Tennessee.
“I’ve obviously seen him play a lot,” Smith said. “But watching him on film and stuff, I’ll just try to see what they’re doing. He knows how to get them in the best play to defeat what we’re doing on defense by making his checks and stuff at the line. So that’s one thing you’ve just got to be aware of.
“He’s been doing this for a long time he’s going to be a Hall of Famer. So he’s a great quarterback. As a defensive back, you always want to play against the best.”