The Denver Broncos are 2-0 after just seven days of real football. Maybe it does not feel like that, but they are. It wasn’t the conventional Broncos start to a season with Peyton Manning under center, and it looks like this season may be anything but conventional.
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Manning and head coach Gary Kubiak will spend much of the first part of the season working to figure out how to mesh the West Coast offense with Manning’s fast paced, no huddle, pass happy style. We were given glimpses in the win over Kansas City of what that might look like, but it was far from perfect.
Manning was clearly more comfortable from the shotgun, and has limited abilities when throwing from under center. Watching Manning try to execute a roll out is akin to having rubbing alcohol poured in your eyes. The fact is, until this offensive line has time to grow together, it may be a good idea to keep Manning as far away from the line as possible.
When it came time for a big play, this defense proved to be up to the challenge.
The ugliest thing that happened on the defensive side of the ball against the Chiefs was Von Millers inexplicable sack dance – which he performed after not sacking the quarterback. It was bad, but everything else about the defensive was great. From the line to the linebackers to the secondary, every phase of the defense was great.
Miller and DeMarcus Ware spent the evening wearing out the offensive line. Aqib Talib and Chris Harris continued to prove they are the best cornerback tandem in the NFL. Antonio Smith plugged up the middle. When it came time for a big play, this defense proved to be up to the challenge.
There is no doubt that the Chiefs made mistakes, but those mistakes were caused by a great defense. I came away from this game more confident about this team’s chances at bringing home a third Lombardi Trophy. Defense wins championships. After just two games the Broncos have proven to be the best defense in the league. Need I say more.
Sep 17, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby (29) is congratulated by wide receiver Jordan Norwood (11) after scoring a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Denver won the game 31-24. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports