Hello fellow Rumblers. I am sure plenty of you watched the game last night. And we saw San Diego handle what most consider a super bowl caliber team in Denver, on their home field at that. I don't blame the cold. Not at all. I blame something called RHYTHM. Peyton had terrible field position last night and had 3 consecutive 3 and out. The Broncos offense went without a first down for the entire second quarter. THE ENTIRE QUARTER.
This post isn't for people like MParker who have seen enough and think EJ doesn't have it. And that is fine. We are all part of the rumblers "family" and their opinion is no more or less valid. They might be right. Who knows, in 3 years from now, all the naysayers might be singing their praises of their early decisions and how they could have saved the Bills years from ineptitude as we watch Mario Williams leave, Kyle Williams retire, and the team really sink…How scary is that?
But, for those of you who are on the fence, lets look at last night's game. Peyton is one of the best of all time. Just because I don't think I'd put him in my top 5 doesn't mean he isn't HOF worthy. It's just if I could pick any QB to play in any one game, I think I'd choose Montana, Young, Warner, Brady, or Rodgers before him. That's my opinion.
Peyton was unable to gain any sort of rhythm last night. I have stated especially last week that EJ's struggles have to do with rhythm and the OL inability to do anything (didn't WGR550 give the entire line a -30?) in Tampa. Couple that with a deficit on the scoreboard and it was a perfect storm. If a QB like Peyton can't find rhythm in that game, then how can we expect a rookie to be able to do that? That game last night was huge for Denver. A win and they get 1 game closer to home field. That loss was devastating. It exposed them on the ground. Sure, it was their first home loss of the year, and the record book will say 7-1, but, I can guarantee that every member of the Broncos hate that record. They let an inferior team come in and dictate play all night. They forced Manning to rise up and create rhythm after sitting on the bench for 7-8-9 min drives and them getting the ball back inside their 15. And last night, Manning was unable to rise above the adversity in his own stadium. If a guy like Peyton can't rise above that adversity at home, how can and should we expect EJ to rise above adversity on the road when he got NO help from his offense, and the D played terrible in the first half?
In many ways, I see Denver like I saw our first super bowl Bills squad. A defense that could cost them the title. That year, the D was very soft against the run. But, when teams fell behind by 21 or more, they had to abandon it, and that played into our hands. Every loss they had was b/c the team was able to keep up on offense, or keep the ball away from Kelly.
People have been playing keep away from Peyton most of his career. And that D can't stop the run. So, when Peyton did get the ball, he was cold, not in rhythm, and his offense wasn't in synch (gosh, why didn't I ever use rhythm and synch in hangman when I was younger, such great words?) for most of the game. Peyton's passes looked off. QBs need to be in rhythm. And when they aren't, only the very best of the best can create when nothing is there. EJ isn't a tiny fraction of the QB that Peyton is. So, until the team plays better, I don't see how we can expect him to do something even the great Peyton Manning was unable to do last night.