Marquette King averaged 51 yards.
His net was 44.1, we knew King wanted to show something against the Raiders and he did. King’s first half punting kept Denver from losing a field-position battle and kept the Broncos on life-support enough for the Broncos offense to get going.
King posted a video to Twitter following the game that was a not-so-subtle shot at Raiders coach Jon Gruden who made the decision to part ways with the Pro-Bowl punter without even meeting him.
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Denver’s punt coverage was great, aided by the big leg of King.
On the return side, neither PR Adam Jones or KR Phillip Lindsay saw much they could work with. Lindsay was never able to return a kick and Jones had just one punt return for one yard.
The hero of the day, though, was placekicker Brandon McManus. For all the woes the Broncos have had at quarterback over the time since Peyton Manning‘s retirement (or, honestly back to John Elway‘s retirement), we have been fortunate with kickers. Jason Elam, Matt Prater and now Brandon McManus have provided security at kicker that so many teams aspire to. Just look at the aftermath of missed extra points and field goals over the first two weeks in the NFL and feel comforted that our guy just keeps on keeping on.
McManus coolly nailed the game-winning 36-yard field goal with six seconds remaining in the game. Did we expect any less?
With questions swirling around this Broncos season and it’s staff, how did they fare from a coaching standpoint?