Most have heard by now that Peyton Manning threw for well over 400 yards and 7 touchdowns in the Denver Broncos season opener versus the Baltimore Ravens. That is some kind of great performance from Manning but then again, we already knew he was good didn’t we? Is this a new thing? Manning has been one of the premier quarterbacks for so long now I barely remember what it was like to think he wasn’t. Yet the entire NFL world is going crazy ready to hand the Broncos the Super Bowl trophy and Manning the league MVP after one week. Come on, really?
If anything was surprising out of this game it was that the Ravens defense doesn’t look nearly as good as it did last year. That might not even be that big of a surprise with the changes they went through. Still, the surprise or big story of the game was the Broncos runaway offense. That by itself isn’t totally true however as part of the credit for those seven touchdowns should go to the Broncos defense who handed the ball to their world class QB inside the red zone on more than one occasion.
Look, the Broncos are going to be good this year. Surely more than one or two people knew that. It is a bit shocking that they were able to run up nearly 50 on the defending Super Bowl champs but that is where the surprises end. Manning looks good this year, big deal. He looks good most every year so why is that news? He doesn’t get the MVP trophy, and considering his past, surely not the Super Bowl trophy after one week. It is possible that the Broncos run up on someone with great pass defense and lose, perish the thought.
That would be possible because they didn’t do much with the run during their first game. They threw the ball 42 times with great success but only had 23 running plays for a measly 65 yards. That’s about 2.8 yards per carry. That will not be first in the NFL after Sunday afternoon. This is a good passing team that has yet to prove what they can do with the run. Can we please not size them for their championship rings just yet?