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I’ve always marveled at how difficult it is to play the quarterback position in the NFL—although Peyton Manning tends to make it look much easier than it really is. However, come Sunday, that job is about to get a whole lot more challenging considering the Chiefs and their top-ranked defense come to town.
It's paramount the Broncos to do everything in their power to keep the 37-year old quarterback on his feet for the entire 60 minutes of this competitive matchup. In order to do that, they must devise a game plan that enables Manning to get the ball out quickly without asking him to move around much in the pocket.
The good news here is that Manning is one of the toughest quarterbacks in the league to get dirty. So far the Broncos are second in the league in both sacks allowed (13) and hits on the quarterback (31).
We still don’t know if the high-ankle sprain and Peyton’s mosaic of other injuries will dramatically affect his ability to deliver a football downfield. After all, his arm strength is already under fire as of late, and this added challenge would only seem to magnify this potential weakness.
One weakness it will undoubtedly amplify is his mobility. This has obviously never been an asset for Manning, but there could be cause for concern considering Kansas City leads the league in quarterback sacks with 36.
The outcome of this heavyweight bout hinges upon the effectiveness of Peyton Manning and, conversely, the Chiefs’ ability to put relentless pressure on him throughout the day.