Halftime is to Peyton Manning and the Broncos as the telephone booth is to Superman.
It takes merely twelve minutes – the intermission length of all regular season games – for the Broncos to turn into the most dominant team in the National Football League. In back to back games they’ve played efficient, not error free by any means, in the first two quarters before swapping out their Stetson hat and thick-rimmed glasses for a cape.
“Two weeks in a row, we’ve come out in the second half and really changed the tempo of the game,” Manning said. “We’d like to find a way to fix it in the first half a little bit… We had some more self-inflicted errors in that first half, things that we were doing to stop ourselves. Those are things that we have to correct.”
They have swiftly righted those wrongs before outscoring the Ravens and Giants by a combined 35-7 in the third quarter.
“You kind of see sometimes this early in the season, there is un-scouted looks,” John Fox said as to make some sense of the quick second half starts. “You settle guys down, put it on the board, show them what to do, how to react next time and that’s what football is.”
Nobody knows how to adjust, inquisitively fine tune and reconcile even the slightest mistakes better than Manning.
In the first half of the two games, the Broncos quarterback was 29-of-48 (60.4%) for 360 yards and only two passing touchdowns. Those numbers – albeit solid statistics – can only be looked down upon by the incredible came post-telephone booth. In the second half Manning was 28-of-37 (75.7%) for 409 yards and seven touchdowns.
“We need to be able to come out and do a better job in the first half, and not wait until the second half,” Manning continued.
And it’s not because Clark Kent isn’t good enough, he’s just not Superman.