Happy Wednesday, Broncos Country!
The Denver Broncos face off against the Oakland Raiders this weekend and hope to improve their lead in the AFC West against their division rival. Most of the story lines this week regard the Broncos continued struggles on offense and the return of defense end Derek Wolfe, but here is an interesting headline for you to think about this morning.
Both Peyton Manning and Charles Woodson have endured Hall of Fame success in their heralded NFL careers. The two came from the same draft class in 1998 and have stood the test of time and cemented themselves among those worthy to be called the greatest to ever play the game. However, one thing has evaded Woodson in his famed career of snagging interceptions from opposing quarterbacks — he has never picked off Manning.
In an interview on Around the NFL, Woodson discussed his desire to pick off Manning.
"It would be great, man. He's eluded me for 18 years," Woodson said. "It would be great. It would be even better if we could come out with the victory. But it would be great to get my hands on one of Peyton's balls."
Woodson's 62 interceptions have him tied for ninth all time in the NFL record books, alongside Dick LeBeau and Dave Brown. If he carries through with his desire this weekend, he will move to a three-way tie at eight place with Ronnie Lott and Darren Sharper. Pretty good company.
If the Raiders want to beat the Broncos on their home field this weekend, forcing a few turnovers defensively will have to be a part of their winning formula. Here is to hoping that Manning comes out of the Black Hole without delivering the gift Woodson so desperately desires. Once again thanks for reading and here are today's Horse Tracks.
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