Sunday Night Football Recap: 5 Things We Learned
Two more NFL games graced the 2014 preseason schedule on Sunday, as the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers faced off in the early afternoon and the Carolina Panthers and Kansas City Chiefs closed out the night.
Despite there being just the two games, we caught several explosive players and some solid individual performances. Let’s break down the top five things to take away from Sunday night’s preseason action:
Peyton Manning is Still Amazing
It’s probably boring to hear by now, but preseason or not, Manning simply looks amazing. He torched the Seahawks last week and in his second straight tough matchup, also torched the 49ers. San Francisco has some injuries on defense, but they still got completely lit up. Manning completed a staggering 12 of 14 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown. He hasn’t lost a single thing.
The 49ers Don’t Look Great
San Francisco had a second straight rough preseason outing, as they weren’t very efficient on offense or defense. They actually got completely dominated in every facet of the game, as their first team defense got worked by Peyton Manning and their offense couldn’t manage a single point. A 34-0 drubbing hurts – even in the preseason.
Cody Latimer Might Be a Factor
Latimer was slow to come on early in the summer thanks to a lingering foot issue, but he showed he was plenty healthy with a diving touchdown last night. Latimer has that rare speed/versatility combo that could make him a deadly weapon in Denver’s offense. He still is seemingly buried on the depth chart, but the Broncos are going to find it awfully hard to keep him off the field.
Ditto For Travis Kelce
Kelce burst onto the scene last week with a long touchdown, and he added another on Sunday night. Kelce still isn’t the official starting tight end for the Chiefs, but it’s clear they plan on using him in 2014. Considering KC had few weapons a year ago, Kelce will be a much welcomed addition to the weekly game plan. He could really help open up this offense.
Jonathan Stewart Makes Some Noise
Stewart had previously missed a good chunk of the summer with a nagging hamstring injury, but Stewart was the second running back up in this game and handed in a very strong performance. Stewart had a winding and weaving 15-yard touchdown run, as he finished the night with 26 yards on just four carries. He added a second touchdown from two yards out.
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