Denver Broncos star quarterback Peyton Manning was once again at his best yesterday, as he shredded through a subpar San Diego Chargers secondary in a 28-20 victory for the Broncos. Manning connected on some big plays to star pass-catchers Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas, and their ability to get insane yards after the catch in order to score certainly helped Manning pad his stats. But the bona fide MVP candidate’s surgical precision was once again present, and the Chargers defense was helpless against Manning in the first half. Things calmed down in the second half, but Manning would finish with four touchdowns, no interceptions, and a 135.2 QB Rating in another standout performance.
Late in the game, though, Manning suffered a knee injury after absorbing a low hit from Chargers defensive end Corey Liuget. Manning’s first attempt to get up from the hit was unsuccessful, as he collapsed to the turf again. It’s a good thing for the Broncos that Manning’s injury occurred late in the game, because that play could have changed the complexion of the game if it transpired earlier.
Peyton Manning told reporters after the game that he will undergo an MRI today to see if there is anything amiss with his knees, and his ankle injuries have already been well-documented. Here’s the quote from Peyton, “I’m pretty sore. They kind of got me twice in that lower area…get an MRI tomorrow and will know more then.”
I doubt Manning will have to miss any games, especially since he’s easily one of the toughest players in the NFL. He’s not going to miss next week’s game against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs in an insanely crucial AFC West battle, but the Chiefs could really benefit if Manning is limited enough by the ailment.