If you had judged this game by the first three quarters and half of the fourth, you might have thought that Monday Night Football had given way to Thursday’s Prime Time to tenaciously make us feel like a nap is a better use of the time. True, it could have been a combination of Peyton Manning’s multiple incompletions where the ball traveled roughly an inch a second, Alex Smith’s continued ability to only throw five-yard slants, Andy Reid’s ability to literally eat all of this timeouts, and Phil Simms just stringing together random nouns. OR maybe it was that every other play there was a penalty flag. There hadn’t been that much yellow flying around since that incident at R. Kelly’s house years back. But just like last week, Denver’s defense found a way to lock in another win, forcing a fumble on Jamaal Charles with 30 seconds to play, allowing as much Monday morning quarterbacking as possible on Reid’s decision to not take a knee into overtime. I’m personally neutral on the decision, I think most coaches consider a draw there to be a low-risk “let’s see if we can get any yardage” type of play, but, I would admit that the correct move at the point would have been just to take the knee. It wouldn’t have mattered because Andy Reid would have been blamed for any decision he made, but since he could probably eat me plus a Sizzler, I’ll end on that note.
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Virgil Green – 2 REC, 12 YDS, 1 TD. Virgil? F*ck that. I’m going to name my kid Catullus.
Jeremy Maclin – 4 REC, 57 YDS. I seriously hope the Chiefs don’t throw a single TD pass to a wide receiver again. Then, I hope they win a Super Bowl while doing this. Then, I hope Andy Reid is heralded as some offensive innovator. And then he’ll feast. And if not, well, who cares… he’ll still feast.
Peyton Manning – 26/45, 256 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT. Some might label this a “statement game”, and they would be right. It’s a statement game that Denver will go only as far as their defense will take them. That stat line is okay-ish, but his accuracy and strength are a concern. I’m on record saying that he has enough “insert Peter King descriptive Peyton Manning noun here” to still produce, and again, he showed that here, but what happens as the season wears on? His 5.68 YPC was better than last week’s 4.38, but that’s a far cry from his career 7.70. So I guess I’m nervous, but since I said earlier in the year not to be nervous, I’m saying it’ll be okay. But a nervous okay. Okay?
Alex Smith – 16/25, 191 YDS, 2 INT and 3 CAR, 15 YDS. Maybe their game plan should revolve around not getting into so many 3rd and longer than Alex can throw it situations. Oh, and more thing, after last night’s game, Peyton Manning is now tied with Alex Smith with touchdown passes thrown at Arrowhead (23). Haha.