In the first week of the 2015 NFL regular season the Denver Broncos struggled to log a win at home against the Baltimore Ravens. The talking heads all around the various sports channels were ready to kick Peyton Manning to the curb. He’s done. His arm isn’t what it once was etc, etc etc. Well, his arm might not be what it once was, but I wasn’t buying into the hype over the Chiefs and the impending demise of Manning.
Manning shattered the 70,000 all-time passing yards this evening and is just a game away from taking control of the most NFL career passing yards all-time. Yes, Manning looks shaky in this offense. He didn’t play in the preseason and that is showing. His arm strength is not what it once was. But I was not buying into the talking heads writing off Manning and the Broncos after one game.
In fantasy circles, I loved the Broncos defense this season and they have not disappointed at the start of this year after two weeks.
While I do question whether or not Gary Kubiak is the coach that can take the Broncos deep into the post-season, the bigger question has to surround Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. Reid was constantly questioned about his game calling during his tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles despite his success. Reid will be questioned once again after the loss this evening while up 14-7 with 2:37 to go, he calls two pass plays. The second pass play was intercepted and in a matter of seconds, the Broncos go to halftime tied up, 14-14.
Reid will certainly be questioned about his play calling in the 4th quarter, with seconds remaining, why not play for the tie and go to overtime? The unwritten rule- on the road, you play for the win- at home, play for the tie. Game was already tied at that point.
There was some questionable play calling by the Chiefs this evening. There are still some questions surrounding the Broncos offense and whether or not Peyton Manning will be the same player that he was last season. His skill set is regressing, but he proved he can still win a game when it’s on the line.
In the short term, Manning eclipsed the 70,000 yard passing mark tonight. He led his team to a win with a 13th consecutive road win against a divisional opponent, another NFL record. This Broncos team broke the standing record of 12 consecutive divisional road wins, set by the 1987-1990 San Francisco 49ers.
As we start the second week of the NFL regular season, let the overreaction start all over again this week.