Peyton Manning did it on two bum ankles. He led the charge over the Washington Redskins with 354 yards passing and four touchdowns in as gutty a performance as I can remember.
The story on the day, however, was the Denver Broncos defense. They sacked Robert Griffin III twice and hit him 18 times as the Broncos defense stifled the Redskins’ offensive attack. They also forced five crucial turnovers including a pick-six by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie which effectively sealed the game.
The bye week could not come at a better time for Manning and the Broncos. Manning gets to rest his two shoddy ankles and the Broncos can re-group in their quest to chase and take down the Kansas City Chiefs for the AFC West crown.
The Broncos face off with the Chiefs twice in the next few weeks. These games will essentially determine who is the division winner and who has to settle for the wild card as both teams will assuredly make the playoffs.
On this day, Griffin III was mauled by Von Miller and company as the Broncos’ defense showed flashes of dominance. They were so physically assertive that backup quarterback Kirk Cousins had to spell Griffin III as the Broncos knocked Griffin III out of the game in what looked like a minor knee injury.
The Broncos made a statement Sunday night, and they are the team to beat in the AFC West despite the Chiefs 8-0 record. The battle between these two will come down to the wire. With Manning healthy and playing at an all-time level I would never bet against the Broncos in ruling this division and the AFC come playoff time.