Broncos’ Offensive Line Struggles Against Chargers


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)

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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