Jason Garrett on Cowboys facing Peyton Manning

IRVING, Texas — Peyton Manning doesn’t play in Arlington for another six days, but the Denver Broncos are up next on the Dallas Cowboys’ schedule, so Manning was a popular topic of discussion on Monday.

A smiling Jason Garrett looked like a proud father when talking about how well the four-time league MVP is playing.

“He’s playing quarterback at maybe the highest level it’s ever been played,” the Cowboys head coach said. “He’s been doing it for 15 years. He’s a fantastic player. His understanding of the game is second to none. His command is second to none. His ability to positively impact the people around him is second to none.

“Physically, he’s awfully good. He throws it where he wants to over and over and over again. He throws it on time. He’s accurate. He has the ability to make a ton of big plays and very few bad plays. He’s playing at as high of a level as the game has ever been played.”

Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr played against Manning when he was quarterbacking the Indianapolis Colts. Carr said he’s honored to get a chance to play against Manning again on Sunday.

“He’s rolling right now,” Carr said. “He has his guys playing well. He’s making all his reads. He’s not throwing interceptions. It’s going to be fun. It’s going to be a challenge, but at the same time, that’s why you play the game. You want to play against some of the best guys out there. I’m just honored to play against him, a guy you’ve watched your whole career.

“You can have tight coverage but he’s going to fit the ball into the window. At the same time, you have to go up there and challenge the receivers.”

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