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Sunday Night Football Open Thread: Broncos vs Lions

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Tonight we get to watch the undefeated Denver Broncos take on the winless Detroit Lions at Ford Field, in a game that might be closer than many people are expecting. Matthew Stafford will be back in action for the Lions, despite resting this week during practice due to getting beat up last week versus the Vikings.

Few players in the league have their name mentioned as often as Peyton Manning, who is 39 years old and still trucking, despite his body seemingly being run down and falling apart.  If you haven't read the ESPN article on Manning, make sure to add it to your list.  An excerpt:

IT TAKES PEYTON Manning 15 minutes to shed his suit of armor after a game.

He begins with his cleats, which he can barely untie without assistance. A Broncos equipment staffer helps peel them off his feet while he does a radio interview, because after nearly 25 years of football dating back to high school, it's a relief to not have to bend over that far. Next come his shoulder pads, which, when yanked over his head, generate a groan that is a mixture of suffering and sweet relief. Manning's pale arms and torso are covered in fresh scrapes and old bruises, some the color of strawberries, others a shade of eggplant.

His socks come off after several violent tugs, revealing toes that are twisted and bent into obtuse angles. When he removes a thick blue DonJoy knee brace from his stiff left leg, he twice pauses to grimace and gather himself before stripping it off and handing it to a staffer for safekeeping. As he slices away at the thick layers of athletic tape supporting his ankles, he looks like a surgeon operating on his own leg without anesthesia.

Are we seeing the last of Peyton Manning? If so, it has been one hell of a career.

This is your Sunday Night Football Open Thread... Have fun!