But arguably his most impressive play didn't come with the ball in his hands. It came on a block for Ronnie Hillman, where he pancaked Browns safety Donte Whitner—a player known for his physicality and hitting prowess.
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What makes this play so quintessential is that on the previous play, Manning hit Demaryius Thomas on a 20-yard out on the left sideline and was roughed by Browns defensive lineman Xavier Cooper. No penalty was called. The refs missed it.
Manning picked himself up by his bootstraps and moved on to the next play, where he just so happened to lay out one of the most feared hitters in the National Football League.
Not bad for a quarterback pushing 40. Manning might not be feeling so lucky right now, but he's playing well enough in crucial moments for the Broncos to win.
At 6-0 heading into their bye, Manning and the Broncos now have a couple of weeks to self-scout and figure out how to improve and get the passing game firing on all cylinders.
The biggest issues that are plaguing the Broncos are turnovers and inefficiency in the redzone. They're doing a decent job moving the ball between the 20s.
But if they can take some of the pressure off Manning, so he doen't press, and figure out how to score touchdowns in the redzone, the Broncos will be a very difficult team to beat.
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