Sep 23, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) reacts to his touchdown reception with quarterback Peyton Manning (18) in the second quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
KUSA - With a short-week to prepare, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning said Wednesday the Broncos are still learning about the Philadelphia Eagles but will be ready.
Coming off Monday night's win, which earned him the AFC player of the week
for a record 25th time in his career, Manning said the Eagles' defense "flies around a lot."
"We don't know these guys very well, not like a divisional game," Manning said during his weekly news conference. "We have known this schedule since April, so it's our job to deal with it, and we will deal with it."
The last time the Broncos played the NFC team was 2009. The Eagles come to Denver on Sunday off a 10-day break. They beat Kansas City on Thursday night.
Talking about the Broncos' uptempo offense, Manning said it still comes down to the basics no matter how fast they roll. Denver leads the NFL in total offense with 486.7 yards per game, and passing (374.7).
"Speed, tempo just means nothing if you're not executing your assignment," Manning said. "One thing we have done well is communicating. When you play at a fast tempo, the challenge to executing is the communication. If we keep that going, it gives us a chance."
Manning will be at the Colorado Rockies game Wednesday night to see his friend and former University of Tennessee teammate Todd Helton play his final home game at Coors Field. Manning called Helton a "Colorado legend" and said it certainly will be an emotional night.
Manning replaced Helton at Tennessee after Helton was injured in his junior season and Manning was a freshman.
"I'm looking forward to seeing it," Manning said. "It will be a special night for all the fans at the game."
The Broncos, who lead the NFL in rushing defense, will try to stop an Eagles' running game led by LeSean McCoy, who Broncos coach John Fox said Wednesday was "Barry Sanders-ish." The Eagles' have the NFL's top-ranked running game, averaging 209 yards a game, and McCoy has an NFL-best 395 yards in three games.
Fox also reminded reporters that the Eagles have had just one three-and-out series in 38 possessions this season. Denver held Oakland to three-and-out on the Raiders' first three possessions Monday night.
At the Broncos' practice Wednesday, cornerback Champ Bailey (foot) and tight end Joel Dreessen (knee) again practiced on a limited basis, but Tony Carter (ankle), Duke Ihenacho (ankle) and Paris Lenon (thigh) did not practice.
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