Denver @ Kansas City
CBS 5:25 PM
Although it hasn’t come without doubts, the Denver Broncos‘ transformation is off to a positive start.
After Peyton Manning’s latest performance raised more question marks, the Broncos look to continue their dominance of AFC West teams in Thursday night’s showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.
With Manning failing to throw a touchdown pass and averaging a meager 4.4 yards per attempt, Denver relied on defense and the kicking game to open the Gary Kubiak era with a hard-earned 19-13 home win over Baltimore. Brandon McManus made four field goals – two from beyond 55 yards – and the Broncos limited the Ravens to 173 yards while coming up with two huge second-half interceptions of Joe Flacco.
Aqib Talib returned the first 51 yards for a go-ahead touchdown late in the third quarter and Darian Stewart sealed the win with an interception at the goal line with 28 seconds left.
Still, the postgame focus was on Manning, whose 175 passing yards marked the third time in six games he was held to fewer than 200. The five-time NFL MVP hasn’t engineered a touchdown in 21 drives counting the preseason.
“Everybody’s looking for these summaries of our offense and our team after Week 1. I just don’t think you’re able to do that,” Manning said. “We’re a work in progress.”
Manning passed for 179 yards at Kansas City on Nov. 30, but threw two touchdowns and the Broncos rushed for 214 yards in a 29-16 victory that extended their series winning streak to six. Denver, winner of four straight at Arrowhead, is 17-1 against division opponents since Manning’s arrival in 2012.