Peyton Manning Makes No Excuses for Interceptions, and Other AFC West News

Christopher HansenNFL AnalystSeptember 19, 2012

Sep 17, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) reacts after the game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons defeated the Broncos 27-21. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Peyton Manning went from being 100 percent himself to something less than 100 percent in a span of six days. Manning had a very characteristic performance in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers and looked poised to lead the Denver Broncos to the playoffs, but that all changed in Week 2 with three early interceptions.

Manning made no excuses for the interceptions, according to Lindsay Jones of The Denver Post. Manning acknowledged they were bad decisions and the throws were into coverage, but he said they had nothing to do with arm strength or being confused by the Atlanta Falcons defensive scheme.

ESPN color analyst Jon Gruden said on the telecast that he believed Manning was fooled by the Falcons' pre-snap movement, and others have suggested Manning's passes lacked zip and seemed to float on deep throws.

Manning's health is now something that bears watching again.

Other AFC West news:


Oakland Raiders

Andy Simms, the agent for defensive back Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, confirmed via Twitter that his client has been signed to the Raiders practice squad.

Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle confirms the Raiders had six players in for a workout on Tuesday, including defensive end Andre Carter for the second time.


San Diego Chargers

According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, a blackout looms for the Chargers this Sunday and 11,000 tickets remain unsold.

Scott Bair of the North County Times had a quick scouting report on San Diego's Week 3 opponent. 


Kansas City Chiefs

Adam Teicher of The Kansas City Star talked to general manager Scott Pioli about Kansas City's 0-2 start.

Kent Babb of The Kansas City Star says any turnaround for the Chiefs must start with Romeo Crennel.