Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

Manning started the game against the Kansas City Chiefs with his usual, almost robotic, efficiency. Throwing super-accurate passes to a variety of receivers, he marched the Denver Broncos down the field to an early 7-0 lead. He continued to move the ball and by the end of the half, he had thrown 3 touchdowns and the Broncos led the Chiefs 21-10.

The Broncos took their foot off the accelerator in the second half but the Chiefs could not take advantage in the 3rd quarter as neither team scored. Kansas City finally mounted a drive in the fourth quarter and closed the gap to 21-17, but the Broncos hit a field goal to go up by 7. At the end of the game, the Broncos held off the Chiefs on the goal line as they attempted to tie the game.

For the game, Manning was 21 of 26 for 246 yards and 3 touchdowns without throwing an interception.

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Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers

Big Ben put on a great performance against the Cleveland Browns as the Steelers won their opening game of the 2014 season, 30-27. The Steelers dominated the opening half and raced to a 27-3 lead as Ben threw for more yards than he ever had before in single half. The Steeler defense was dominant as well and all was going smoothly in Steelerland as the game went into the break.

The second half was a different matter. The Browns suddenly came alive and scored 24 unanswered points to tie the game as both the Steeler offense and defense displayed a level of ineptness that was hard to believe. The Black and Gold finally managed to stop the Brownies deep in their own zone late in the game and Steelers took over at the Pitt 43 with 47 seconds left. Ben calmly completed a couple of passes to Markus Wheaton to set up Shaun Suisham for a 41-yard field goal as time expired. Pittsburgh escaped with a 30-27 win in a game that they should have won going away. Thursday, the Steelers face their bitter rivals, the Baltimore Ravens, in an important divisional matchup. Hopefully the first-half Steelers will show up.

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Chevon Walker and the Ottawa RedBlacks take on the Toronto Argonauts Friday night at TD Place, the renovated Lansdowne Park stadium. Walker is one of the bright spots in Ottawa’s 0-2 start, rushing for 154 yards and scoring 3 TD’s for the expansion RedBlacks. QB Henry Burris will need to be sharp against the Argos if Ottawa is to notch its first win of the season.

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Jim Brown turns 78 today!

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The Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl, routing the Denver Broncos 43-8. The best offense in NFL history could not get going against a ferocious Seahawk defense that did not give them any room to breathe. The Seattle secondary actually played against tendencies, letting the Bronco receivers get off the line without chucking them. However, when the Denver players caught the ball on their short routes, the Seahawk defenders hit them like a ton of bricks. There were very few “yards after the catch”.

Manning was out of sync from the opening snap, which flew over his head for a quick 2-0 Seattle lead. As usual, Peyton had a tough time once the game got out of control. He is the best front running QB in history, but when things get hairy, he has a tough time making the big plays to get his team back in the game.

The Seahawk offense was hardly spectacular. Russell Wilson made a few 3rd-and-long throws to keep drives alive, but the real spark came from Percy Harvin. Since coming over from the Minnesota Vikings, Harvin had played only 37 snaps due to injury for his new team, but on Super Sunday, Harvin was ready to break out. His two jet sweeps netted 45 yards (which actually made him Seattle’s leading rusher for the game) and his 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to begin the third quarter essentially put the game away.

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