Bear Bryant once said, “offense fills the seats, but defense wins championships.”
Well, in the Kickoff Game for the NFL season, there was no question that both sides of the ball for the Denver Broncos performed extraordinarily. 37-year-old Peyton Manning threw seven touchdowns. The last time that happened was in September of 1969, when Joe Kapp for Minnesota threw seven touchdown passes against Baltimore. How many guys have done that? Before Thursday night, it was five: Sid Luckman, Adrian Burk, George Blanda, Y.A. Tittle, and previously mentioned Kapp. Now Manning joins that crew.
Being overshadowed by the excellence that is Peyton Manning was Jayhawk alum, Chris Harris Jr. Harris, a cornerback for the Denver Broncos, also had a great game against the Ravens. With the drive starting at 12:57 left until half, Joe Flacco threw a pass at his own 16 yard line, intended for Brandon Stokley. However, Harris wasn’t going to have any of that. Harris picked off the pass, being the first player to intercept a pass from Flacco since week 15 of last season. Oh, and Harris just happened to be the guy that picked him off.
Harris also had three solo tackles on the night and caused an incomplete pass.
Here’s Harris’ interception off of Flacco from last year: