CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4) – He hasn’t done it often in his career, but on Sunday in the Broncos win over the Chargers the Peyton Manning threw a block for his running back.
Teammate Rahim Moore was amused on the sidelines as he watched Manning pancake block defender Donald Butler after a handoff to C.J. Anderson in the second quarter in San Diego.
“I thought, What is he doing?” Moore told CBS4’s Vic Lombardi on the Thursday Night Football Blitz.
Moore says he liked the play, though.
“I don’t like when my quarterback gets hit. Man, I don’t like it at all. But when he dishes one out it’s kind of funny. It shows his heart, his toughness.”
Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who was also a guest on the show, described it as “different.”
“That’s definitely not Peyton,” he said.
For the first time this season Manning is on the team’s injury report with a thigh injury. Is there any chance he might not play in the Broncos game on Monday night?
“You see him walking around the locker room. I think he’s going to be fine,” Sanders said. “I don’t know 100 percent if he’s going to be playing in the game, but I know Peyton. Peyton’s a competitor.
“Obviously he has to go through some treatments and different types of things to find out if he can go.”
Despite the injury to Manning, as well as some other players on the injury report, the Broncos are playoff bound and hoping to do major damage in the postseason. Sanders wouldn’t make any predictions like his teammate Terrance Knighton, but he said the team has a new sense of determination.
“It’s getting ready to be playoff football, and if your locker room’s not talking about hoisting that Lombardi Trophy, than you’re in the wrong locker room. Our locker room is ready to take off in these playoffs and hopefully bring a championship to this city,” Sanders said.
But both Broncos said Monday’s game in Cincinnati is at the top of their minds. If Denver defeats the Bengals then they are guaranteed a first round bye, so there are huge playoff implications.
“The only thing we care about is going to Cincinnati. That’s our Foxborough. That’s our championship right now. That’s the only game that matters because we’ve got to go out there and handle business. It’s a tough environment, and there are no guarantees in the NFL.”
The Bengals are the No. 6 ranked rushing team in the NFL. Moore said they have a “counter play” where they use a guard and a center to block for the running back — usually starter Jeremy Hill — and no one has figured out how to stop it.
Sanders said the Bengals, who lead the AFC North, also have some defensive strengths to be concerned with.
“They’ve got six to eight guys that are first round draft picks in their secondary, but we’ve just got to go out and execute and just play our type of football, which is now run the football to set up the play action, and when we get our shots, just make the most of it,” Sanders said.
In addition to his normal duties with the offense, Sanders may see some time on special teams returning punts. Lombardi asked Sanders how he likes the assignment.
“I enjoy it. I really do. It’s just taking those hits. I mean, guys are flying down there 100 miles an hour trying to take your head off,” Sanders said. “Obviously when I get in the open field it’s fun but it’s not the best job in the world, so to speak.”
Because the Broncos play on Monday night, they got an extra day off of work this week.
What did Moore do in his time off?
“I just focused on recovery. Watched a little film on myself, on the Chargers, and got a little handle on the Bengals. That’s it.”
“I caught up on all my shows. I’m a show buff. I’m into Homeland right now. I caught up on Homeland. I caught up on Scandal.”
Sanders also said he talked to students at an elementary school.
Watch more video with Demaryius Thomas and Rahim Moore in the Thursday Night Football Blitz section.
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