Gut Reaction: Week 14 - Broncos vs Bills

Kyle Orton outplayed Peyton Manning.

As strange as that sentence seems, what’s stranger is that it doesn’t matter if it’s true.

These Broncos are winning old school. Hey, Denver—1987 called. It wants its passing game back.

Call it Foxball. Call it a commitment to the run. Call it a preference for girls with auburn hair.

Whatever it is, Dan Reeves would be damn proud.

The Positives

  1. If you wanted a quarterback to lead you through 7-on-7 drills, Kyle Orton would be king. If, however, if you wanted a quarterback to convert on third-and-long, Orton would be court jester.
  2. Thanks to the refs for calling a phantom illegal contact penalty on Nickell Robey in the first quarter. Otherwise, the Broncos kick a field goal.
  3. Every time I think Wes Welker has lost a step, he gains two back.
  4. If the Broncos don’t re-sign Chris Harris, they’ll be shaving with a chainsaw.
  5. Another reason to love the Broncos’ running game: even when you think they’ve had an average day, they’re still way over the century mark (133 yards on 29 attempts).
  6. Even though I bang on Malik Jackson for his idiotic propensity for personal fouls, he played like a demon dog on the line in this game.
  7. Without Quinton Carter, David Bruton really stepped up, and I don’t mean a dance off. Even better to see him blow up a running back in man coverage.
  8. As bad as he was in the running game, Brandon Marshall was equally good in coverage.
  9. Jack Del Rio should continue to let his hair down—blitz each and every quarterback he faces for the rest of the season. It’s working.
  10. If you’re going to commit to the run, it’s helpful to cut down on penalties. The Broncos did exactly that, for the most part.

The Negatives

  1. It seemed like the Bills brought their misdirection knives to today’s gunfight—flashy in the first quarter, but useless when the shooting began.
  2. Malik Jackson should know head butting another man when his helmet off is bush league—otherwise known as Raider Land.
  3. Since when has Peyton Manning become a game manager?
  4. When he’s playing in inclement weather, that’s when. Manning floated his first interception so badly, the ball seemed like a hot air balloon. Also, Manning threw a few too many hospital balls to Emmanuel Sanders for my liking.
  5. Too many missed tackles by Brandon Marshall and the linebackers.
  6. If you had Demaryius Thomas, Peyton Manning, or Emmanuel Sanders on your fantasy football team this week, you got drilled, you loser.
  7. There are no silver linings when your opponent goes lights out on third (9/16) and fourth down (2/3).
  8. It’s likely that by tomorrow night, the division leader in the NFC South will be 5-8. Technically, I think Tampa Bay, at 2-11, is still in the hunt.
  9. Rich Gannon is a great analyst. But that doesn’t change the fact that he played for the Oakland Raiders.
  10. No, I don’t like seeing Kyle Orton pad his stats at the Broncos’ expense either. The good news, he didn’t do jack in the first 55 minutes of the game.

The Who The Heck Knows

  1. Now I’m not sure who Julius Thomas’s injury was worse for, the Broncos or Thomas. The Broncos found a running game. When Thomas returns, they may decide they like what they found more than they like Thomas.
  2. So, the Bears regret signing Jay Cutler to an extension, do they? Tough. You make your den. You lie in it for hibernation, which, unfortunately, in Chicago, lasts all fall and winter.
  3. Rich Gannon, go Chitty Chitty Gang Bang yourself. Even if the defender leads with his shoulder, if he gets there early, it’s a penalty.
  4. The over/under for how many sacks Orton was going to take in my mind was six. I was shocked he beat it.
  5. Wes Welker fielding punts is bad on a lot of levels, but here are two: 1) His hands aren’t great; 2) He’s a concussion waiting to happen.
  6. The Saint Louis Rams are a juggernaut. You know, like the Oakland Raiders.
  7. McManus, Barth—I’d give both for that fat ass Sebastian Janikowski at any point in his career.
  8. Remember back in the day, when the Broncos had a choice between Von Miller and Marcell Dareus? Both have had their troubles and both have had their breakouts. Is it still a fair question or are the Broncos the clear winner?
  9. So, what do the Broncos get for Montee Ball in a trade?
  10. Tonight, I’m gonna love Phil Rivers like he’s the stripper I always wanted to marry.

I’m glad we had this talk.  Now, vaya con Dios, Brah.

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