Believe it or not, Denver Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning is 39 years old. In a league that favors players in their twenties and discards players when they get into their thirties, some in the NFL may be starting to question how much longer can he perform at a high level.
Well, if week three’s game between the Denver Broncos and the Detroit Lions is any indication, than Peyton still has a few good years ahead of him.
Reports from those who watched the game are that “old man” Manning was cool and confident and throwing to his receivers as though they were buddies playing in the backyard.
It is also a given that Manning has a flair for the dramatic. He continued with that in this game. His pass of 45-yards to Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas for a score occurred with just 5 seconds to go in the first half on a fourth down play. Then, topping that, Manning threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Owen Daniels on third down with 2:28 remaining in the game. He finished with 31 completions on 42 attempts for 324 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He surpassed the mark of more than 6,000 completions in his NFL career in the game, joining Brett Favre as the only QBs in league history to achieve the feat.
Thomas finished with nine catches for 92 yards and that touchdown.
Manning credited changes in the offense for his success in the game. The team used the pistol formation with a running back behind him. He had set up under center in the first two games and was sacked seven times. He was sacked only once in this game. The extra time allowed him to complete the pass to Thomas, which is double the length of his previously longest pass this season.
Broncos corner Aqib Talib blocked a Lions extra point try early in the second quarter and the Broncos defense also denied a two-point conversion attempt, helping to retain their lead 14-12 in the third quarter.
Lions’ mistakes also helped Denver. Matthew Stafford gave up three turnovers, one was a fumble and another was an interception at midfield in the fourth quarter. The bad throws were probably due to the Broncos rush. DeMarcus Ware sacked him twice and the rest of the defense hit and hurried him all game. Stafford finished with 31 completions on 45 tries for 282 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions and a fumble. Lions’ super receiver Calvin Johnson, also known as Megatron, caught eight passes for 77 yards. However, he was also flagged for pass interference in the end zone. BRONCOS 24 LIONS 12
The Kansas City Chiefs had the misfortune of playing the Green Bay Packers on Monday night in week three. The Pack could be the best team in the entire NFL.
Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers had a great game completing 24 passes on 35 attempts for 333 yards and five touchdowns. He threw three of the five TD passes went to Randall Cobb. His other TD passes were to rookie Ty Montgomery and James Jones. Rodgers set a Packers’ record of throwing at least five touchdowns four times in his career. His 333 passing yards broke the Chiefs’ streak of 22 consecutive games without allowing 300 passing yards. That was the longest current streak in the NFL.
After the first two games of this season most everyone knows how Rodgers likes to take a free-play following defensive penalties. It happened again in this game when he hit James Jones on a 52-yard pass on an offside penalty in the fourth quarter. That play set up the touchdown throw to Randy Cobb.
Running back Jamaal Charles accounted for three touchdowns for Kansas City. Charles last TD occurred with 1:25 left in the game and got the Chiefs within 10.
The Packers defense made it difficult for Chiefs’ QB Alex Smith. He was sacked seven times. The pressure accounted for one interception when Smith attempted a pass to Sam Shields from close to his own end zone that was intercepted by Sam Shields at the Chiefs’ 19 yard line with about seven minutes left in the third quarter. Shields returned it 15 yards and on the next play Rodgers hit Cobb. Packers 38 Chiefs 28
AFC WEST STANDINGS
DENVER BRONCOS 3-0
OAKLAND RAIDERS 2-1
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS 1-2
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 1-2
AFC WEST SCHEDULE
RAIDERS @ BEARS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4,2015
CHIEFS @ BENGALS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2015
BROWNS @ CHARGERS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2015
VIKINGS @ BRONCOS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2015