With all the hype in the news these last few weeks, Peyton Manning definitely had something to prove when he took his position as quarterback against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night.
Down fourteen points in the first half, he proved he was still very capable as he led his Broncos down the field and scored twice before the clock wound down at halftime.
When the Broncos decided to use the more “traditional Manning offense,” they started putting drives together.
The Broncos ended up playing “catch up” football most of the night after Manning was sacked three times and the offensive line struggled to open holes for the running backs. C.J. Anderson, who has a toe injury from week 1, split his running time with Ronnie Hillman. Neither running back had much running room against the Chiefs.
“It [the win] feels good,” Anderson said. “Of course we have a lot of work to do, but it feels good to come out with a W. We’re 2-0, and we’re happy about that.”
Both tight ends, Owen Daniels and Virgil Green got more action than they got against the Baltimore Ravens. Daniels had three catches for 19 yards and Green ended up with 12 yards and a touchdown.
“We’re going to get better with this offense. You’d like to be clicking on all cylinders in Week 1 right away, but it’s something if we can win games like we have during the first two weeks and continue to build on that,” Daniels emphasized. “Our offense will get better as the season rolls along.”
Peyton Manning broke another record in the third quarter of his showdown against the Chiefs. He became the second quarterback in NFL history to throw for 70,000 yards. Brett Favre has 71,838.
Coach Gary Kubiak gave Manning one of the game balls in the locker room afterwards and he complimented his team on their resilience.
“We just kept playing hard, we just kept battling and we made some plays. Eighteen [Peyton Manning] takes us down and makes some great plays in that drive then obviously the big play that flipped the game at the end,” Kubiak concluded. “I’m just proud of how hard we played.”
Kubiak says he’s not at all worried about his quarterback.
“I watch Peyton work every week, I watch him prepare, I watch him practice,” said Kubiak. “If we will continue to get better around him, he’s going to be just fine… you know, up front, running the ball, all those things that take some things off of his shoulders at times. We know he can still go do that but it’s about us trying to help him. I think it’s about us getting better around him and I can promise you, he’ll do his job.”
All eyes will be on Peyton Manning as he leads his team and continues on the road to the Superbowl this year!
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