After watching through the game, I am going with a heavy dose of Manning, with an emphasis (even moreso than normal for him) on getting the ball out of his hand quickly because of the sore ankle, with an assist to the receivers winning the one-on-one matchups with the secondary. You can also throw in Manning dominating the pre-snap read battle, so that he was often able to throw to his initial or secondary read very quickly after the ball hit his hands.
Most of the media's plaudits (including Jon Gruden's last night) have been aimed at the Denver offensive line, and PFF even criticizes Peyton Manning for not having completed many passes downfield on Sunday.
But as Jason Lisk explains, Peyton got rid of the ball so quickly that the line wasn't asked to do much, and given that his longest time holding the ball was 3.2 seconds, how could he have aired it out?
Enjoy the game, and Go Panthers!
During Sunday night's win over the Chiefs, Rahim Moore departed with a leg injury that reportedly had the Broncos' medical staff baffled. Today’s information clears up what occurred, and how Moore will be cared for.
It turns out that Rahim had lateral compartment syndrome, and underwent emergency surgery on Monday morning to correct the dangerous condition.
A compartment syndrome will occur when the muscles swell too much, putting pressure on the surrounding sheath of fascia (connective tissue) and, in some cases, impinging on the local nerves. That muscle swelling is usually linked to bleeding into the fascial compartment.
Patriots to be home underdogs for first time since 2005
The last time they were not favored for a home game was Nov. 7, 2005 when the Patriots played (guess who?) Manning and the Colts. Indianapolis was a three-point road favorite on that day, and the Colts easily covered, winning 40-21. Before that game, the previous time the Patriots were an underdog at home occurred Dec. 29, 2002 vs. the Dolphins.
The last quarterback not named Peyton Manning to lead his team into Foxboro as a favorite? Naturally, it was Jay Fiedler.
According to the Denver Post, free safety Rahim Moore will miss "several weeks" with what is being called a "serious lower leg injury."
Moore had two tackles and defensed one pass prior to his second quarter departure on Sunday night.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! As big as Denver's victory was, they'll be right back to it with a road trip to Foxboro next weekend.
Fortunately, they'll have an extra day of rest on the Patriots (7-2), who travel to face the surging Panthers (6-3) and their monstrous defensive line tonight.
The biggest storyline will appropriately be the fourteenth showdown between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.
But much attention will surely be paid the status of Wes Welker, who suffered a concussion on Sunday night.
NFL to flex more games in 2014
The league is creating a new weekly system of cross flexing, in which it can take an early game on Fox and flex it into the late-afternoon slot on CBS so more of the country can see it, or vice versa with Fox or CBS getting a late-afternoon game that had been scheduled for an early start in return.
It’s all designed to bring maximum exposure to the best possible matchups, according to league sources.
Yes, television revenues are obviously driving this change. But it's unquestionably a good thing for NFL fans, who won't always be stuck watching meaningless late-season games between the Chargers and Raiders. Now, about that stupid blackout rule...
Chiefs need to get swagger back -- soon
The Chiefs had better not fall into that trap. They haven’t been themselves for weeks, and to believe the Chiefs will return to their previous form is, in all likelihood, wishful thinking.
Not every opponent will be able to exploit Kansas City’s defense like the Broncos, who have Manning at quarterback and an impressive array of receivers. But other opponents have caught on to Kansas City’s methods of pressure and have adjusted. The Chiefs need to adjust as well.
Gotta hand it to Teicher, who knew the score and really knew the score.
They inexorably pull away. If this game featured little of the passing fireworks Manning has detonated on other opponents—Denver finished well below its season average of 41.2 points per game and Manning had just one touchdown pass—it was a testament to the Chiefs’ defense, which managed to avoid a blowout despite not sacking Manning and forcing just one turnover.
That it didn’t matter is a reflection of the Chiefs’ offense.
All week long, this game was billed as a matchup of an all-time great offense and an all-time great defense.
But reality is that it was an all-time great offense against a very good defense, and against one of the league's worst offenses.
Loss to Broncos exposes possibly fatal flaw in Chiefs' game
After getting to opposing quarterbacks 35 times in the season’s first seven games, K.C. has just one sack in its past three games, and its good fortune of facing quarterbacks named Gabbert, Fitzpatrick, Keenum, Pryor, Campbell and Tuel ended abruptly when it stepped up in weight class against the likes of Manning—gimpy or not.
The rest of the quarterbacks KC is schedule to face, in order: Philip Rivers, PMFM, RG3 in Washington, Terrelle Pryor in Oakland, Andrew Luck, and Rivers in San Diego. We'll see about that pass rush/defense...