Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (27) prepares to catch a pass from quarterback Peyton Manning (18) during the second half against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Chargers won 27-20. (Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports)

Broncos’ Offensive Line Struggles Against Chargers


The Denver Broncos offensive line has been one of the best in the league thus far without question.

However, in their week 15 loss to the San Diego Chargers, the line looked tired and disorganized. Peyton Manning’s interception came from being hit as he threw the ball just as the Broncos were trying to tie the score in the fourth quarter. It was demoralizing especially after the Broncos had put up a touchdown in their previous drive and then got a big defensive stop.

There’s no need to blame the offensive line for this loss. There were too many gaffes by the entire team that gave the Broncos their third loss of the season. However, the line struggled in pass protection and in the run game.

In addition to playing a major role in Manning’s interception, the line gave up two sacks and allowed quarterback pressure all evening. The line also failed to open up big gaps for the team’s backs.

Knowshon Moreno had just 19 yards on 8 carries and Montee Ball had 3 carries for -1 yard. Eleven carries for 18 yards won’t get the job done against any team, particularly as the playoffs approach.

For guys in the trenches, it’s particularly difficult to play on a short week. Yes, the Chargers had the same short week, but the Broncos ran 25 more plays against the Titans than Chargers did against the Giants in week 14.

The line is the cog in this entire offensive operation, and Thursday night proved just that.

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  • Tim

    The whole team was a let down, Manning can only do so much, but if the defense that I think watched the game from home, cant get off the field and stop the run, pass, or anything else, how can anyone expect manning and the offense to do anything. And Holliday to me also hurt the team, sometimes I think these punt return/kick return guys are prima-donnas. Twice he put Denver at the 10 yard line or less. Just take the knee would you. I would rather Peyton have it at the 20 yard line than what he gave us. But, even though the oline had struggled, I say the defense was non-existent the entire game. Outside of Miller, who showed up, and when you are getting beat up pretty bad, and you make a tackle, how about you not look stupid and celebrate when you cant even stop the team, at all. This was a bad loss, and now Den has to win out just to keep 2nd place, otherwise they could fall to 3rd or maybe even 4th.

    • KimCon14

      The celebrations after a decent play are getting to me, too. Maybe the Broncos have become too complacent and it caught up to them Thursday night.

  • doc holiday

    Lets see, defense sux,special teams sux,now the O line sux, and Poor Peyton wakes up at night thinking he’s back in Indy.

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