Peyton Manning tossed three interceptions in the first quarter on Monday night and the Atlanta Falcons took advantage of it. The Denver Broncos were not able to recover from these early turnovers and lost in a close 27-21 game.
I truly believe that Manning cost the Broncos the game this time. The three interceptions looked like they all could have been partly or fully Manning’s fault. A couple of them looked like the Falcons’ mixed coverage was confusing and on one, it looked like the Falcons were confused and happened to be in the right place at the right time. Whatever the reasons are for the interceptions, it was clear that Manning wasn’t protecting the football as usual.
I know that Manning would agree and he would take full responsibility for the loss. Here is what he had to say about the turnovers:
“I don’t make any excuses for it,” Manning said. “Three poor decisions. Three throws into coverage. Just have to be able to eliminate those. I put our team in too far of a hole. I’m sure when I see the film I’ll see someone open short underneath on the check down.”
The Falcons took advantage early and started with a 20-0 lead. The Broncos did, however, slow down the Falcons’ passing attack by holding Julio Jones to 15 yards of total offense. QB Matt Ryan had a good, but not overwhelming, game by passing for 219 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The key here was that the Falcons didn’t commit any turnovers. The Broncos had four turnovers and even then brought the game within one possession, but it was too late.
I will guarantee you one thing: Manning will work even harder and make sure that something like this doesn’t happen again. This could easily be a great thing for the Broncos because they will realize that they still have to do things as close to perfect as possible to win. There will be times at this stage of Manning’s career where the rest of the team has to pick him up during his outings that are not up to par.
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