Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning doesn’t believe he struggles in cold weather despite what the media says.
“That’s not how I feel,” Manning said Wednesday via USA TODAY Sports.
Manning may not feel like he plays worse in cold weather, but the teams he’s played for do.
Manning’s teams, dating to 1998 in Indianapolis, are 8-13 in games in which kickoff temperature was below 40 degrees — a winning percentage of .380, well below Manning’s career win percentage of .675. The record is even worse, 1-8, in games below 30 degrees, including the recent Baltimore and New England losses — both in overtime.
“If we won those games, we wouldn’t be talking about weather right now. And we could have easily won either one of those games,” Broncos coach John Fox said.
Demaryius Thomas stood up for his quarterback and pointed out that Manning put together a touchdown scoring drive against the wind in New England.
“That was a good ball. A great ball,” Thomas said.
“He showed he can still throw. He’s throwing it down the field. He can go short, deep, whatever he has to do,” Thomas said.
I wouldn’t expect Manning to not be able to throw the ball at all in the cold weather, but I think it’s pretty obvious that he’s not as consistent.