Peyton Manning owns Monday Night. He is 9-2 all time, including winning his past 7 appearances on ABC/ESPN. Included in this list of 7 games are:
- Oct. 6, 2003 @ Tampa Bay: Down 21 points with 3:41 to go, comes back to win in OT. I think that game has been discussed this season.
- Nov. 7, 2005 @ New England: Manning's Greatest Game #9, gets his first win in Foxboro, destroying the 2-time defending Super Bowl Champs.
- Dec. 16, 2006 vs. Cincinnati: Manning's Greatest Game #7, stops the bleeding after that awful Jacksonville game (sound familiar?), finding Marvin Harrison 3 times, on their way to Super Bowl XLI.
- Oct. 22, 2007 @ Jacksonville: Division game, on the road, against a team who had won 4 in a row. Manning walks in and all over the Jaguars 29-7.
Here is a summary of Manning's stats on Monday night. Pretty damn impressive, if you ask me:
A couple other tidbits about Monday Night:
- The last time these two franchises played on Monday Night was Nov. 1, 1976, when the Houston Oilers played at the Baltimore Colts (The Colts won 38-14).
- The Titans played 2 MNF games last season, winning in New Orleans, and losing in Denver. This is the only MNF appearance for both teams in 2008.
- The Titans haven't hosted a MNF game since Dec. 13, 2004, where they lost a defensive struggle 49-38 to the Chiefs. Billy Volek threw for 426 yards in the loss. I assumed this was a career for him, and it was, for 6 days, when he threw for 492, losing to Oakland. I'm thinking Titan fans like their RB situation much better now than they did in '04.
- The last 2 seasons, the largest margin of victory between the two teams is 6 points, in Week 17 last year, when the Colts played 2nd and 3rd stringers for 3/4 of the game. The other 3 games were decided by 2, 1, and 3 points. I fully expect a similar result this Monday night.