The task for the offensive line of the Denver Broncos was to keep Peyton Manning upright. They passed that task with flying colors.
The Broncos’ offensive line did not allow a sack and kept Manning off the ground all night as that provided key against the pass rush in the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs were unable to get a lot of pressure on Manning and the Broncos. With all the protection that Manning got, he was able to masterfully find areas in the secondary to throw the ball and distribute the ball somewhat evenly to his receivers.
But the biggest part of Manning not getting knocked down was that there was no reason to worry about his ankle injury now that the future Hall of Fame quarterback gets an extra week without any extra pain to prepare for next Sunday’s game. This was a huge statement for the Broncos’ offensive line as they have proven that they can keep Manning from suffering any extra pain and held their own against the best pass rushing team in the league. The running game provided some help as well, as it helped slow down the pass rush and to remove any pressure coming towards Manning.
With Manning able to move gracefully on the ankle, he should have a great practice and improve the strength of the ankle and be more healed than tonight and be ready to go. If the offensive line can just duplicate what they did tonight, there is no doubt in my mind that Manning will be okay and the team will be driven towards the playoffs.