Week 11 Football Fun Facts
• In Week 1 Denver hosted the team that eliminated them from the playoffs last season, the Super Bowl champion Ravens. Denver QB Peyton Manning threw for 462 yards and seven touchdowns in that game, putting up 49 points in the win. In that game Manning attempted 42 passes and was often harassed. He was sacked three times, hit four times and hurried on eight other occasions. In Week 2 Denver lost its most celebrated offensive lineman, LT Ryan Clady, when he suffered a Lisfranc injury in his left foot and was placed on injured reserve. But even before the Clady injury, the Broncos had already made changes to combat the line issues that were exposed in Week 1. Some of the changes included Manning getting rid of the ball even quicker than usual as well as the Broncos giving top blitz pick up back Knowshon Moreno a more prominent role. So even when you include the seven sacks/hits that Manning endured in Week 1, through the first six games of the season Manning was only being hit/sacked 3.0 times a game.
In Week 6 Broncos RT Orlando Franklin suffered knee and ankle sprains, so in Week 7 G Louis Vasquez took Franklin’s spot while Chris Kuper was inserted into the lineup to play guard. So heading to Indianapolis, the Broncos were only starting two of their lineman in their projected starting spots. The Colts sacked Manning six times, hit him six other times and hurried him 12 times. After this game we started to hear reports about Peyton battling sprains in both ankles, including a right high ankle sprain. The next game, in Week 8 against Washington, was Manning’s lowest rated game of the season to that point and after a bye week, San Diego sack/hit him eight times in Week 10. Peyton came up limping after a low hit late in the Charger game that aggravated the Week 6 injury. On top of all of that, coming to town in Week 11 was undefeated Kansas City. A team that was the league leader in sacks, averaging just under seven and a half quarterback sacks/hits per game.