Sunday Night Football offers the biggest storyline of Week 7: the return of Peyton Manning to Lucas Oil Stadium. Although now in a different uniform, Manning acknowledged he still feels a special connection to the city he played his first 13 NFL seasons in.
"I don't play there anymore, but I've continued to communicate and I've enjoyed those times when I see someone from Indiana in a hotel or an '18' Colts jersey out here at practice," Manning told reporters, via ESPN. "There's always a connection there."
Manning passed on getting into a war of words with Colts owner Jim Irsay, who seemingly took a shot at Manning earlier in the week for winning only one Super Bowl with Indianapolis.
After undergoing neck surgery, missing the 2011 season and subsequently being released by the Colts, Manning has bounced back and could find himself with his fifth MVP award by the end of the season.
The perennial Pro Bowler has broken records en route to leading the Broncos to a 6-0 record. The Broncos' high-scoring offense leads the league in just about every category, and the team is garnering talk about becoming the second-ever NFL team to go 16-0.
Denver's defense will be bolstered with the return of pass-rushing linebacker Von Miller, who was suspended for the first six games of the season for violating the NFL's drug policy.
"I feel good. I'm in the best shape of my life," Miller told reporters. "I feel a lot stronger, quicker, faster. It's not like I'm running 100 yards or 400 yards thee, so I definitely felt good. All the feedback I was getting from my teammates and everybody looked like I was good. There was a hurry-up period in there that was tough, but that's what it's designed to be is tough."
Manning will duel with the new face of the Colts franchise, Andrew Luck. The Colts are 4-2 behind the talented second-year quarterback. Luck guided the Colts to the playoffs in his rookie year, and the signal caller appears to be on track to becoming one of the league's premier passers.