Ravens’ defense capitalized on Peyton’s lack of arm strength

AP

All the talk this week about Peyton Manning’s declining arm strength didn’t come as news to the Ravens. They were practically daring Manning to try to beat them deep on Sunday. And he couldn’t do it.

As noted by Mike Mayock on NFL Network, the vast majority of Manning’s passes in Sunday’s win over the Ravens were thrown less than 10 yards downfield. Manning only threw four passes more than 20 yards downfield, and all four were incomplete.

Mayock showed film of one play in particular on which Manning had a wide open receiver in the end zone but didn’t even try to throw it to him, as the Ravens seemed content to let the Broncos’ receivers go long on the theory that Manning wouldn’t be able to connect anyway.

“The safety’s gonna cheat, and I think the reason the safety cheats is because he doesn’t think Peyton is gonna make the throw,” Mayock said. “He’s wide open, and I don’t think the safety believes Peyton can make the throw.”

Ron Jaworski of ESPN offered a similar observation on Mike & Mike, saying Manning is likely to struggle tonight against the Chiefs.

“The velocity just isn’t there,” Jaworski said of Manning’s throws. “I’m going to watch this game very closely tonight because of the way Bob Sutton coaches defense in Kansas City — he is their defensive coordinator. He doesn’t play this soft zone defense where you can check it down and give you all those easy throws and rally to the football. He’s going to play press man to man, he’s going to play brackets, he’s not going to give you those easy throws. So Peyton Manning tonight is going to have to make those tough stick throws into tight coverage. He didn’t make those last week. In fact, he was baited on a trap defense for an interception. So clearly we have to look at the end of last season, Week One of this year, and say, ‘We’ve got to watch Peyton Manning very closely.’ It’s obvious to me we’re seeing a decline.”

If safeties keep letting the Broncos’ receivers get open deep, perhaps Manning can make them pay for it. But it’s also possible that Manning simply isn’t capable of making those throws anymore. In which case the Broncos are going to have to win with defense, the running game and a short passing attack. That’s not impossible, but it’s not the way Peyton Manning’s teams have won in the past.

33 responses to “Ravens’ defense capitalized on Peyton’s lack of arm strength

  1. doylemcmuffin says:
    Sep 17, 2015 3:19 PM

    They apparently didn’t capitalize enough did they Mikey?

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    Holding him to 0 touchdowns in the season opener for the first time in over 5 years? They capitalized on his lack of faith in his arm..the overthrows because he wasn’t sure he could get it there, and the very suspect Oline not allowing him time to let the play sit back and develop. The problem was, THEIR offense stayed at home. If they had just scored 1 offensive touchdown it would have made a difference.

  2. Everyone is focusing on Peyton. The Denver defense is going to stifle Alex Smith.

    Peyton can dink-and-dunk his way down the field and they can still win. And I think he still can hit a wide open receiver deep.

    KC has to prove it before I will believe it.

  3. I hate the Broncos and I’m no fan of Manning. But if he is on the decline and about done, he was a pretty damn good QB so I doubt he is concerned about these guys criticizing his arm. Everybody knows you decline with age. I’m sure he’s no exception.

  4. He may be losing arm strength but Manning has never had a cannon. He has always thrown those wounded ducks. The thing with Manning is those ducks usually knew where they were going

  5. “If safeties keep letting the Broncos’ receivers get open deep, perhaps Manning can make them pay for it. But it’s also possible that Manning simply isn’t capable of making those throws anymore. In which case the Broncos are going to have to win with defense, the running game and a short passing attack. That’s not impossible, but it’s not the way Peyton Manning’s teams have won in the past.”

    That’s how the Patriots scored most of their points against the Seahawks in the Super Bowl, but Brady was also able to throw a deep ball occasionally to keep Chancellor, Maxwell, Thomas, Sherman et al from doing exactly what the Ravens did to Manning and the Broncos offense on Sunday.

  6. micronin127 says:
    Sep 17, 2015 3:30 PM
    Everyone is focusing on Peyton. The Denver defense is going to stifle Alex Smith.
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    Because the Texans defense with that front 7 he torched last week suck right?? Not taking anything away from the Denver defense but the KC O-line did a great job of keeping Alex upright last week for the most part and gave him time to find receivers. That’s something he didn’t have last year and think we’ll see the same thing tonight.

  7. themanfromtheblacklodge says:
    Sep 17, 2015 3:39 PM
    “If safeties keep letting the Broncos’ receivers get open deep, perhaps Manning can make them pay for it. But it’s also possible that Manning simply isn’t capable of making those throws anymore. In which case the Broncos are going to have to win with defense, the running game and a short passing attack. That’s not impossible, but it’s not the way Peyton Manning’s teams have won in the past.”

    That’s how the Patriots scored most of their points against the Seahawks in the Super Bowl, but Brady was also able to throw a deep ball occasionally to keep Chancellor, Maxwell, Thomas, Sherman et al from doing exactly what the Ravens did to Manning and the Broncos offense on Sunday.

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    Brady can throw the ball down field, and his short passing game has veloicty on it. That’s why it is effective. He knows where he is going with the ball, he is accurate, and it arrives with zip, before the defense can respond. No comparison.

  8. I’m from SD and I know the real key is for both of these teams to pound the crap out of each other so they have nothing left for the rest of the season. Quadrupedal overtime. Both teams lose for the first time in NFL history!

  9. Everyone is saying “Manning this” and “Manning that”. But no one is saying “Worship this” and “Jericho that”.

  10. ““The safety’s gonna cheat, and I think the reason the safety cheats is because he doesn’t think Peyton is gonna make the throw,” Mayock said.”

    Call Goodell – he used the “cheat” word.

    Better yet, just out a big ole * over Mayock’s mouth. Never have I heard a guy who is so annoying.

  11. afancydraft says:
    Sep 17, 2015 4:04 PM

    Quadrupedal overtime.
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    ROFL! But you’re right to be concerned. The only way SD beat the Lions last week was because of the ridiculous 117 Degree heat index during the game. The players most used to the heat outlasted the others. And KC and Denver are very good teams.

  12. lanman11 says:Sep 17, 2015 4:01 PM

    Brady can throw the ball down field, and his short passing game has veloicty on it. That’s why it is effective. He knows where he is going with the ball, he is accurate, and it arrives with zip, before the defense can respond. No comparison.

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    Uhhhh, Brady didn’t complete a single pass over 20 yards (through the air) against Pittsburgh either…and their defense is terrible.

  13. statman25 says:Sep 17, 2015 3:47 PM

    micronin127 says:
    Sep 17, 2015 3:30 PM
    Everyone is focusing on Peyton. The Denver defense is going to stifle Alex Smith.
    ……………………………………………………………………

    Because the Texans defense with that front 7 he torched last week suck right?? Not taking anything away from the Denver defense but the KC O-line did a great job of keeping Alex upright last week for the most part and gave him time to find receivers. That’s something he didn’t have last year and think we’ll see the same thing tonight.

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    It’s a shame the front 7 doesn’t cover receivers. Ask DeAndre Hopkins how he feels about that.

  14. I could be wrong, but didnt Manning over throw sanders twice on deep balls? and isnt sanders a pretty fast dude?

    and Manning has never had the cannon arm, I think the media is just quick to say guys are done when they really arnt. Reminds me when the media use to bug the hell out of Favre about retirement then he played another 5 years, and was still a top QB in the league.

  15. Against the Ravens, I don’t think Manning had faith in his line. They gave up lots of pressure. A couple of the 4 sacks were by guys that were unblocked. If they can fix that, the deep ball will get better. But I’m not sure they will fix it against KC. Low scoring game, I’m guessing.

  16. Bagging on a 1-0 team and swooning over a team that beat the Texans… I’m not worried. Ooooh, Smith has a REAL receiver. … still not worried. Oooooh the noise at Arrowhead…. nope, not worried.

  17. I don’t understand why teams don’t play D against Brady like that. Go look at his passing charts. All under 10 yards.
    Double Gronk and jam the rest.

    Seattle let him nickel and dime to a SB win (assist to Pete Carroll)

  18. Because the Texans defense with that front 7 he torched last week suck right?? Not taking anything away from the Denver defense but the KC O-line did a great job of keeping Alex upright last week for the most part and gave him time to find receivers. That’s something he didn’t have last year and think we’ll see the same thing tonight.

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    Yeah that KC o line was so great that they benched Fischer.

  19. Seriously? This crap is getting old. It was week 1 with a new O and people are making it out to be the end of the world for Manning.

    Considering it is the regular season-and September for that matter how man of you have bet the farm against the Broncos tonight? Nobody?

  20. Remember a year ago, when they were saying Tom Brady was “washed up” after week 5 ….. and he went on to be the Super Bowl MVP……?

    Manning set his record just the season before last, and had a pretty good first half of last year, too.

    Don’t be so quick to write this guy off, either.

  21. orangehigh says:
    Sep 17, 2015 4:25 PM
    statman25 says:Sep 17, 2015 3:47 PM

    micronin127 says:
    Sep 17, 2015 3:30 PM
    Everyone is focusing on Peyton. The Denver defense is going to stifle Alex Smith.
    ……………………………………………………………………

    Because the Texans defense with that front 7 he torched last week suck right?? Not taking anything away from the Denver defense but the KC O-line did a great job of keeping Alex upright last week for the most part and gave him time to find receivers. That’s something he didn’t have last year and think we’ll see the same thing tonight.

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    It’s a shame the front 7 doesn’t cover receivers. Ask DeAndre Hopkins how he feels about that.
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    Wow, thanks for the football lesson i had no idea….you must be a Raiders fan! My point was last year the O-line couldn’t stop anyone. Doesn’t matter how good/bad the secondary is if the front 7 is on you in under 2 seconds. Alex actually had some time to throw the ball Sunday against a team that has a great pass rush. Denver has a good pass rush also, we’ll see tonight if it’s better than the Texans.

  22. Im a Broncos fan never liked Manning before he got to Denver. He earned my respect though with some incredible play the last 3 years. BUT, father time has called his name and he is officially hurting the Broncos.

    The Ravens safeties sat at 10 yards off the line of scrimmage, with E.Sanders and D. Thomas across from them mind you, and they weren’t worried at all.

    The end result is no explosive plays, no room to run the ball, and no points.

  23. Denver didn’t play well but they played well enough to beat a very tough, very good team. ANYTIME that you beat the Ravens you’ll take it.
    DENVER———16
    KANSAS CITY–27 book it.

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