Going into the big game on Sunday, it was clearly becoming the case that most Chiefs fans were rooting against their division rivals, the Broncos. From the very beginning, it became clear that the Chiefs fans would get their wish. The game started off with a bang as on the first play, the Broncos’ center Manny Ramirez snapped the ball over the head of Peyton Manning for a safety. While it was a very fluky start the game, and one that no one ever anticipated, the final score of the game proved to be the biggest surprise, as the Seahawks routed the Broncos 43-8.
While most Chiefs fans were rooting for the Seahawks to come away with the victory, it is natural for the people of Kansas City to be wondering what this means for them. The most important, and most obvious question that Chiefs fans are asking right now is: will Peyton Manning going to come back?
I know that Manning said that he would return for the 2014 season, that he was not going to retire, etc. But doesn’t this blowout loss to the Seahawks have some sort of impact on him? How many times is he going to keep coming up short before he decides to finally hang it up and watch the games from the booth? It would be a lot more of a no-brainer if the Broncos had lost to the Seahawks by a field goal or a touchdown, but thirty-five points? Losing by five touchdowns has to be a huge blow to your outlook on the next season, especially when you are 38 years old and trying to decide whether or not you want to keep playing.
The question is though, is, was that humiliating loss enough of a disappointment to push Peyton out of the game? For me, I think the answer is no. Of course, Chiefs fans hope I am wrong, and it is possible that I may be, but I think it would be absolutely shocking if Peyton decided to go out on this bad of a note. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, I think Manning will return for one more year before retiring after the 2014-2015 season.
The positive for the Chiefs, and frankly all other teams in the NFL, coming from the Seahawks’ Super Bowl victory was the fact that the Seahawks completely shut out the Broncos’ offense. It is probably true that Seattle’s defense made the domination look easier than it is, but the Seahawks performance reaffirmed what everyone already knew about Manning’s offense: play the receivers tough, and get pressure on the quarterback and you have a good chance at shutting them down. The Seahawks were able to do this, and the result was an embarrassing performance by the “record setting” Broncos’ offense.
There is no doubt that in order for Kansas City to win their division in 2014, they will have to step their game up, most especially their defense. But on Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks proved that feat was possible. If you sit back the entire game and let Manning pick you apart, that is what he is going to do. But, if the Chiefs are able to make the necessary upgrades to play the way the Seahawks played in the Super Bowl, the AFC West in 2014 could be theirs.
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