A week and a half ago, the football-viewing public tried to bury via the NBC Sports website.and the before the veteran quarterback rose from a slow start to help his team defeat the in primetime. Now, Manning gets to do it all over again on Sunday Night Football, which can be streamed online
Nearly all of social media tried to retire Manning after a poor early showing in Week 2. The future Hall of Famer guided the Broncos to two punts and a turnover on downs before throwing a pick-six, his second of the year. However, after head coachallowed Manning to shift back into his preferred shotgun-heavy approach, the offense took off. Manning finished the game with 256 passing yards and three touchdowns, including an impressive strike to wideout to tie the game near the end of the fourth quarter. Though he picked up his performance, another poor outing could see the vultures return in short order.
As for the, they're worried about Matthew Stafford's health. The quarterback suffered injuries to his throwing arm, chest and ribs during last week's game against the division rival . The team believes he avoided a serious injury and expect him to start this week, but Stafford will clearly be less than 100 percent.
Regardless Stafford's status, the Lions badly need a win after falling to 0-2. The team has a brutal stretch coming up, with games against the Broncos,and over the next three weeks. If they cannot win at least one of those games, their playoff chances become slim.
How to watch
When: 8:30 p.m. ET
Where: Ford Field, Detroit, Mich.
Commentators: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya
Online: NBC Sports Live Extra