Peyton Manning: 'Schedule has helped Denver Broncos'

Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos walks off the field a game against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on September 23, 2013
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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning believes that the schedule has helped the team make a strong start to the 2013 NFL season.

Peyton Manning has said that the Denver Broncos' schedule has helped them at the start of the 2013 NFL season.

The quarterback has set a new record for most touchdown passes in the first four games of the season.

The 37-year-old told the team's website: "I really think that the schedule, the way it's set up playing some of these what I call 'unfamiliar opponents' has helped.

"You're practising against some 'what ifs'. So preparation weeks are long, they've been kind of grinders if you will. So it keeps you on your toes and it keeps you from thinking about what happened the week before.

"It is early in the season. We do break the season into quarters, it's been a good start. But we're heading into the teeth of our schedule with some of these new teams. We battle injuries every single week and that presents challenges. So this is the second quarter and it's really a new start."

The Broncos face the Dallas Cowboys this weekend.

Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos walks off the field a game against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on September 23, 2013
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