Dec 22, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) stands at the line of scrimmage in the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 37-28. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Where should the conversation start with this team? Much of the blame for last night’s game falls directly in the lap of the offensive line. There is a universal truth in football Get in quarterback’s face, and he will not be as good. The offensive line was pushed around like a nerd at a bully convention. Louis Vasquez never looked comfortable. Ryan Clady was beat several times. It was a team effort to look that bad, and the line nailed it.
A close second was the special teams. They looked lost on most of their coverages. In fairness, backups play on special teams, and with all of the injuries, backups for backups were in the game. Sometimes the next man up is just not ready. There will be improvement here.