Peyton Manning's return to Indianapolis highlights Sundays Week 7 slate. The
All-Pro will lead his high-powered Denver Broncos against his successor Andrew
Luck and the Colts on Sunday night. Manning was released by the Colts on March
7, 2012 after he was attempting to recover from four different surgical
procedures on his neck. The Colts focused on their future and Luck. Manning
hasn't slowed down remotely in the Rockies and currently leads the NFL with
2,179 passing yards, 22 touchdowns -- the most ever through the first six
games of a season.
There should be no shortage of points when the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia
Eagles battle for sole possession of first place in the NFC East Sunday at
Lincoln Financial Field. Dallas is second in the NFL with an average of 30.5
points per game and Philadelphia is fourth with 27.2 ppg. Defense should be at
a minimum between these NFC East rivals, especially for the Eagles, who are
31st against the pass (314.5) and dead last in total yards allowed (420.2).
The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers are ready to throw out their
records when they renew their AFC North rivalry this Sunday at Heinz Field.
Pittsburgh dropped its first four games to the season for the first time since
1968, but the bye week seemed to get the club on track as it picked up a 19-6
road victory last Sunday over the New York Jets. The Ravens (3-3) are coming
off a 19-17 loss to Green Bay, their second setback in three weeks.
Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker has been cleared to play in Sunday's
game against the San Francisco 49ers and will make his first start in three
weeks, a Tennessee newspaper reported Saturday. Locker has been sidelined with
a sprained right knee and hip he sustained in a win over the New York Jets on
Sept. 29. He participated in all three practices during the week, however, and
the Titans' coaches were encouraged with his progress. The 2011 first-round
pick was initially given a timetable of 4-to-6 weeks to return, and
expectations were that the Titans were planning to hold Locker out through its
upcoming Week 8 bye. Tennessee had won three of its first four outings of the
season with Locker under center, but has lost two straight with backup Ryan
Fitzpatrick at the controls.
The Denver Broncos activated linebacker Von Miller on Saturday, making him
eligible to play for the first time this season on Sunday night against
Indianapolis. Miller was suspended for the first six games after violating
the league's substance abuse policy.