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NFL 2015 Grumblings: Peyton Manning, Dez Bryant, Colin Kaepernick

If anyone thought Peyton Manning was done and this would be his last season, maybe they should think again.

Manning and his Denver Broncos handed Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers their first loss of the season on Sunday night, 29-10. Denver’s win helped them to remain undefeated this season. The outcome may not have told the whole story as Denver’s defense caused all kinds of havoc for Rodgers on the night. Denver rushed the passer on 63 percent of all pass plays, forcing Rodgers to hurry and left the Green Bay offense off balance.

“It was just a big measuring stick for the whole team, and everybody really took that to heart and stepped up to the challenge,” said DeMarcus Ware, whose fourth-quarter sack of Rodgers resulted in a safety.

The Broncos are 7-0 for the first time since their 1998 team that won the Super Bowl after going 14-2.

Manning looked better in the contest of unbeaten, but still did not throw for a touchdown. He passed for 340 yards on the night and had one interception. In the loss, Rodgers only threw for 77 yards (yes, 77 yards) and was sacked three times.

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Now that it appears the San Francisco 49ers are about to fall off into the San Francisco bay, there appears to be a disconnection between quarterback Colin Kaepernick and several players who have been said to want the struggling signal caller benched.

“Two 49ers players texted me and said after this game that it is time for Colin Kaepernick to be benched. This game lost to the Rams was the tipping point in a series of events that have been building and building and building to this point,” Jason Cole reports. “What these players say is they don’t want Kaepernick’s to be out of the plans for the 49ers. But simply put they think he needs time on the bench to clear his head, get himself straight so he understands what the offense is trying to do and what he can do to make it work.”

Kaepernick finished the game against St. Louis going 20 for 41 for 162 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. He ran six times for 28 yards but was largely ineffective as a playmaker. He also looked to have missed wide open receivers when the team was moving toward a scoring opportunity.

The 49ers have been a case study of inconsistency this season in the first season under head coach Jim Tomsula.


The Dallas Cowboys continue to hope for a return of Tony Romo – sooner rather than later. The 13-12 loss at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks Sunday was the fifth straight loss for Dallas since Romo broke his collarbone.

While the Cowboys quarterback is not ready to get back on the field yet, their star receiver Dez Bryant returned to action, only to show off his erratic behavior.

Emotions boiled over in the Cowboys locker room after the game as Bryant started screaming at reporters, loud enough that it was heard across the entire room. The Cowboys public relations staff attempted to intervene but Bryant kept yelling.

“Stay the (expletive) away …,” Bryant yelled to a group of reporters. “Why don’t you all get the (expletive) out of here? This is our (expletive) locker room. You (expletive) dirty (expletive).”

The outburst stemmed from Bryant being accused of cheering on the injury to

While Dallas needs his game-changing ability, there is too many distractions with this team for that to continue. Will Bryant’s play get better as he adjusts to the speed of the game again, or will his personality become a cancer in the Cowboys locker room?

Bryant appeared to be upset with a reporter who had posted a Vine of the wide receiver. The caption alleged Bryant was celebrating Ricardo Lockette’s concussion, but the Cowboys star vehemently denied the allegation.

“I won’t ever, ever, ever wish bad on a player that’s been knocked down,” Bryant said. “Not once did I say, ‘That’s what you get.’ I got on one knee and prayed for that man. I got on one knee and prayed for him. Don’t put clips together and do that.”

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