Denver quarterback Peyton Manning will be wearing the horns when the Broncos visit Matt Ryan and Falcons on "Monday Night Football." Both Ryan and Manning will be worked into the revised lyrics of a special version of the Charlie Daniels' country classic “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” that kicks off ESPN's coverage at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Once the game begins, the devil will be in the details of both defenses. Ryan dominated in Atlanta’s season-opening 40-24 victory over Kansas City, going 23-for-31 passing for 299 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for another. Manning began his comeback from last year's neck surgery by picking apart Pittsburgh in a 31-19 victory (19 of 26, 253 yards, 2 TDs).
But it wasn't all game film for the Broncos' defense Sunday:
— Tracy Porter (@T_Porter22) September 17, 2012
The Broncos took a charter flight to Atlanta, and one rookie made sure he was looking first-class, posting this photo with the caption "ATL wear:"
— Steven Johnson(@SMJ2852) September 16, 2012
Manning's comeback, which included his 400th career touchdown pass last week, continues to inspire:
Seeing how well Peyton Manning came back from his injury makes me think this paper cut on my finger may not be career-ending.
— Homer J. Simpson (@HomerJSimpson) September 17, 2012
Here's some unsolicited advice for anyone who needs to make a late activation:
Fantasy owners I'm playing Monday
— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) September 16, 2012
Just in case getting to see Manning warm up in person was not reason enough to get there before kickoff, here's another incentive:
Happy Game Day Falcons fans!!! Make sure you get to the Dome early to watch us perform pregame! Rise Up! #ATLden12
— Falcons Cheerleaders (@ATLCheerleaders) September 17, 2012