Peyton Manning is 1-4 in Divisional Playoff Games Following a Bye

By Ernie Padaon

Dec 12, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) has a pass blocked by San Diego Chargers free safety Eric Weddle (32) in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos had the best record in the AFC and earned a first round bye and got some needed rest for a lot of their starters. They have extra time to gameplan for the game, but will that really help them? Will that really give them the edge?

It never felt comfortable when Philip Rivers and the Chargers were coming off of the bye week in the playoffs (or in the regular season). It always seemed that the players lost a little bit of rhythm and were just a little bit off.

The Broncos have been sitting around eating cheetos and watching games, while we were on the field mixing it up on our normal schedule. Players want to be on the field and want to stay on a normal schedule and we have that advantage going for us. Taking an extra week off isn’t always the best thing for a team.

Consider this stat, Peyton Manning is 1-4 in his career in divisional playoff games following a bye week. He lost to the Baltimore Ravens last season after that first round bye.

I LIKE THAT STAT. It will look better at 1-5 though.