I asked Peyton Manning how he'd like the season to end if he's not going to win the Super Bowl. "The easy thing is to finish 8--8 and win the last game," Manning said. "You're high-fiving, great game, great win. You don't have as much of a sting.... But I'd rather have my guts ripped out [in the playoffs]."... Former U.S. soccer coach Bob Bradley is trying to lead Egypt's national team to the World Cup. He said he feels safe, but the social unrest in that country does affect his job: "I've learned what tear gas smells like. I haven't been right in the midst of it, but there are times that you get a whiff of it in the air."... I asked Seahawks QB Russell Wilson why some analysts say defensive coordinators will adjust to his game this year. "[They're] probably [talking about] the read-option," Wilson told me. "We don't really run it that much. We just hand it to Marshawn Lynch and make it look like we are."