Florham Park, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Denver Broncos put on pads and braved stiff winds and temperatures that dipped into the 20s Wednesday during their first full practice of Super Bowl week.
Following a 30-minute walkthrough session, Denver practiced for one hour and 40 minutes outdoors on the synthetic turf at the New York Jets training facility.
The temperature fell to 21 degrees by the end of practice with winds gusting to 21 mph, making it feel like nine degrees.
Broncos coach John Fox opted to hold practice in the natural elements rather than using the indoor field at the Jets' headquarters.
By comparison, the Seattle Seahawks held their first practice inside at the New York Giants' practice facility. The team opened five doors in an attempt to simulate the cold temperatures forecasted for Sunday's game.
"It was great," Fox said. "We're pretty much weather-proof. We practice in this stuff all the time. Being in Denver, we've played in a few different elements. We practiced numerous times in single digit, played in single digit, played in wind. We've practiced in snow many times. We're pretty much ready for anything."
Fox also liked the way quarterback Peyton Manning handled the surroundings.
"Very sharp," Fox said. "What I've noticed, he had to get used to weather over the past two years. I think he's done an unbelievable job, which I think people forget."
Manning is 8-11 in his career -- including 0-4 in the postseason -- when the temperature is below 40 degrees at kickoff.