Denver Broncos vs. Minnesota Vikings Recap
October 4, 2015
Peyton Manning had a mediocre game, but the Broncos still managed to improve to 4-0 with a win over the Vikings. Manning was limited to 213 passing yards and intercepted twice, but the Broncos pulled off the win by driving for Brandon McManus's 39-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter. Ronnie Hillman had 103 rushing yards and a touchdown on 11 carries for Denver, while Minnesota's Adrian Peterson ran for 81 yards and a touchdown. The Vikings erased deficits of 13-0 and 20-10 to tie the game before Denver's winning drive. The Broncos won despite converting only two third downs all afternoon.
Detroit Lions vs. Denver Broncos Recap
September 27, 2015
The Broncos' Peyton Manning threw for 324 yards, leading Denver to a win at Detroit on a night when neither team could get anything going on the ground. The Broncos rushed for just 41 yards on 19 carries, while the Lions managed only 28 yards on 19 carries. Manning completed 31-of-42 passes, including touchdowns to Demaryius Thomas and Owen Daniels. Thomas caught eight passes for 92 yards while Emmanuel Sanders caught six passes for 87 yards. Detroit's Matthew Stafford completed 31-of-45 passes for 282 yards, but threw two interceptions as the Lions fell to 0-3. The Broncos are 3-0 and look likely to make another trip to the playoffs.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos Recap
September 17, 2015
Last night in Kansas City, superman wore Bronco orange. Again! For the 13th straight time the Denver Broncos pulled out a division road victory, and Peyton Manning beat Denver’s archrival the Kansas City Chiefs for the 14th time against a lone defeat. The 13 consecutive road victories in the division sets a new NFL recording surpassing the 25 year old mark set by the San Francisco 49ers back in the late 1980’s into the 1990 season.
The Chiefs who appeared to be ready to win their second game of the 2015 season and shake one big monkey off their back controlled most of the game. A win last night would have been huge for KC, giving them an early season one game lead and half the tiebreaker with the Broncos. It was not to be had.
The two AFC West foes traded a pair of first half touchdowns, Kansas City on a Jamaal Charles 34 yard run and a pick six, 55-yard return of an interception by Marcus Peters. Manning managed to keep the Broncos in the game with two TD passes.
Two noteworthy plays really put a stamp on the first half. First happened when the Chiefs were trying to finish of the first drive of the game in the red zone. After driving 70 yards to the Bronco 5 yard line, Charles got a flair pass from quarterback Alex Smith, but laid the pig on the carpet – the first of two very costly Charles fumbles – putting an end the first offensive possession of the game.
The second play, a play that turned momentum back to Denver to end the 1st half, was when head coach Andy Reid made the poor choice to try a couple ill-fated pass plays nearing intermission instead of just running out the clock. On the second pass attempt by Smith, Aquib Talib jumped the route, then 4 plays later Manning had his second TD pass of the 1st half. What could have been a Chief advantage at the break, turned into a 14-14 tie.
The teams traded field goals in the 3rd quarter, with neither seemingly in control of the game. It appeared this was going to go down as a classic defensive struggle to the finish as each team traded a pair of punts.
Denver picked off Alex Smith a second time, only to run three feeble plays and punt for the third straight time. As the fourth quarter clock was winding down, the game for the 1st time seemed to be maybe headed for extra time. The game would hang in balance until Kansas City began to move the ball again, driving 61 yards in 6 plays to take a touchdown lead with just over 2 minutes left on the clock.
Oh, but that was Peyton Manning on the sidelines. In typical Manning fashion, he methodically drove the Broncos down the field finding Emmanuel Sanders for the second time in the end zone. Tie game again, and what looked like a sure bet for overtime.
That is when the Denver defense stepped up for the second straight week to steal victory from the jaws of defeat. Charles fumbled for the second important time in the game, and Bradley Roby scooped up the loose football and carried it 21 yards to the house to all but seal another miraculous Denver comeback victory. Denver improved to 2-0 on the season, while Kansas City suffered a bitter defeat.