For those Denver Broncos fans concerned about Peyton Manning playing in the cold, stop worrying. The weather outlook for Sunday's playoff game against the Colts looks to be extremely favorable.

For years, people have been saying Peyton Manning isn't the same quarterback in sub-freezing temperatures and that he just can't win the cold ones. That criticism is large due to failures by  Peyton Manning-led teams against the New England Patriots in Foxboro.

It is possible that in each instance he was simply up against a better team that defended him extremely well. It is also possible that no player is the same in sub-freezing temperatures as he is under mild conditions.

It is also possible that Peyton Manning is just fine, regardless of weather conditions. That's what I believe to be true. Manning is a skilled quarterback, a precision passer, a dissector of defenses, and a master play-caller regardless of weather conditions. If anyone is going to be affected by cold, it's the receivers - which might explain Manning's lack of success in cold temperatures.

One thing that is certain with this Sunday's match-up with Indianapolis, weather should not be a factor. Game time temperature in Denver  is expected to be in the low to mid 40s with partly sunny skies. If Manning plays poorly, it won't be because of the weather. If he plays well and the Broncos win, we'll never know what might have happened had it been 20 degrees and snowing. But, we might find out the following week if Denver has to travel to play the Patriots in Foxboro.

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