Chiefs Send Manning to Bench

It was an odd day at the new Mile High Stadium, Sunday.

Despite taking control of the all-time lead in passing yards as a QB in the NFL, Peyton Manning accrued the worst registered QB rating since the stat was invented, going 5-for-15 with 35 yards and 4 interceptions before being pulled for the backup.

On his first pass attempt of the game, Manning was picked off by Marcus Peters, the Chiefs’ top overall draft pick in 2015. Eventually, Manning would secure his record, throwing a short out-route to a receiver and resulting in a stoppage of play to commemorate the record being broken (originally held by Brett Favre).

Manning clearly wasn’t enthused about stopping the action in the middle of a drive, but did so anyway and acted with class to everyone congratulating him, including the Kansas City Chiefs.

Whether or not his rhythm was gone, or a supposed torn planters facia kept him off balance, no one will know, but needless to say, it was Manning’s worst offensive performance of his career.

The Chiefs, on the other hand, looked complete in sync with one another, only failing to convert drives into touchdowns as opposed to field goals, but with 4 interceptions, and two or three more which were dropped, the defense put on a display for the ages.

With Peters, Shawn Smith, Derrick Johnson, and Eric Berry in coverage, the Chiefs made it tough for Manning to every find openings for his receivers. On top of that, constant pressure from Tamba Hali and Justin Houston made it virtually impossible to ever get a good read on a downfield throw, often overthrowing receivers.

It has become clear that as a general statement, Peyton Manning is, for all intents and purposes, at the end of his time as a productive NFL QB.

The Broncos will ride him for as long as they can, and when his foot is healed and he has had significant rest, Manning will step out on the field again, despite many predicted he may done for good.

There will be games where Manning will perform like the player we have seen for years, but in the grand scheme of things, his presence on the field may start to cause more harm than good, and should he have another performance like the one he had against the Chiefs, Gary Kubiak and his coaching staff, along with GM John Elway, will have a serious decision to make.

Next up for the Chiefs is another game on the road, this time at the San Diego Chargers, Sunday, before heading home to take on the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium on November 29.

Chiefs Enjoy Bye Week Before Date with Broncos

We’re already halfway through the NFL season and the Chiefs, coming off two consecutive wins, have reach their bye week before heading to Denver to take on the rival Broncos and one of the league’s top defensive units.

Andy Reid has seen his team look better each of the last two weeks, culminating in wins over the Steelers at Arrowhead Stadium, and a demolition of the Lions (45-10) in London last Sunday.

This week, the Chiefs have a chance to rest up, get healthy, and hit the practice field hard before facing the Broncos, a team which KC should have defeated earlier in the year on Monday Night Football.

A late Jamaal Charles fumble followed a Peyton Manning touchdown throw, sinking the Chiefs in front of the home crowd during its most emotional game of the season.

Things would only get worse for Kansas City for the next several weeks, including a season-ending ACL tear for Charles.

However, Alex Smith and Co., have pulled it together and are playing solid, all-around good team football.

With Denver coming up, the focus won’t be as much on how to stop Manning, but rather how to move the offense and avoid turnovers on a spectacular Broncos D.

Of course Manning will always serve as a dangerous weapon anytime he takes the field, but with an obvious loss in velocity and unable to make many of the throws he has made for so long, the Chiefs bigger concern has to turn to the other side of the ball.

In terms of local interest, the Broncos secondary is headlined by two former Kansas Jayhawks, Aqib Talib and Chris Harris, Jr., who are ball-hawking corners that typically shut down their opponents.

Talib, when focused and healthy, is quite possibly the best corner in the NFL, while Harris continues to make a name for himself as one of the elite DB’s.

The Chiefs, although better at passing, haven’t proven to be a truly dynamic passing offense, which means defenses can hone in on the ground game.

Without Jamaal Charles, the ground game shrinks to Alex Smith’s scrambling ability, and a young Charcandrick West, who has been a spark since taking over the running duties.

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