Manning Not The Problem In Denver’s Latest Loss

October 11 [Thu], 2012, 11:30
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Looking for anyone to accusation for Denver’s latest loss?

Look anywhere added than the locker acceptance to No. 18, Peyton Manning.

From a abashed aegis that couldn’t get off the acreage to a butterfingered breach that couldn’t break on it to a apprenticeship agents that got outmaneuvered at every turn, the Broncos dug themselves a aperture in a 31-21 accident to New England on Sunday. Manning fabricated his accepted bent accomplishment to get them out of it, but came up short.

Denver fell to 2-3 and aloft a analytical catechism about a third of the way into the season: Sure, the Broncos upgraded at quarterback by accepting Manning in the offseason, but did they yield affliction of the rest?

“There are a lot of what-ifs,” Manning said afterwards the loss. “The key is that we apprentice from them and hopefully we can acknowledge next anniversary with the win.”

A attending at Denver’s flaws, by the numbers:

-89: Working out of a rapidly affective no-huddle offense, the Patriots ran 89 plays on breach – 23 added than Denver – generally snapping the brawl afore the Broncos aegis even got aligned. The Broncos accustomed 444 yards and four scoring drives of 80 yards or more. They were down 31-7 backward in the third quarter.

“It goes aback to what you apprentice in top school,” drillmaster John Fox said Monday. “It’s alignment, appointment and responsibility. It all starts with alignment. It’s important you get lined up.”

-35: New England set a authorization almanac with 35 aboriginal downs, which was alone four abbreviate of the NFL almanac endure accomplished in 1990. The Patriots aswell captivated the brawl for 35 minutes, 49 seconds.

-17: In the play that summed up the day for Denver, the Broncos accustomed New England’s Danny Woodhead to run for 18 yards on third-and-17 to extend a touchdown drive that fabricated it 24-7. The play alarm came address of above Broncos drillmaster Josh McDaniels, now aback on the New England amusement as Bill Belichick’s abhorrent coordinator. It was one of 11 third downs the Patriots converted, four of which were on third-and-10 or longer.