New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady‘s favorite target is Rob Gronkowski. Whenever the situation calls for it, the tight end is Brady’s go-to guy to get the first down. For Peyton Manning, the same can be said for Wes Welker.
The Denver Broncos got off to a solid start but could not keep up against the San Diego Chargers. An offense that does exceptionally well moving the chains and converting on third down plays was just out of sync and out of place the entire game. Welker is the receiver that Manning looks to whenever that game time situation comes to it. But with him sitting out due to a concussion, the Chargers were able to shut down Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, who themselves did not have a great game. This comes as a shock because of how shaky the Chargers defense has been all season. But as Herm Edwards said sometime ago in a famous post game rant, “You play to win the game.” Clearly the Chargers did and the Broncos did not.
Thursday’s game showed that in order for the Broncos to get far in the playoffs they are going to need all of their offensive weapons. Welker is that player that can get Manning out of a jam. Not disregarding Andre Caldwell, who took advantage of the Welker injury and had a solid game, but Welker is the player who is Manning’s security blanket, the right hand man, or whatever you want to call it. But without Welker this Broncos offense looked completely lost, a deer in the headlights, or whatever cliche line you want to use. The important part is that if Welker is forced to miss any more games, which the Broncos have non-playoff teams remaining, that they have to adjust to a game plan without Welker or their season can go down the drain.