Peyton Manning was changing the play at the line of scrimmage, waving his hands and pointing as he has always done, and Fletcher Cox mimicked the Broncos quarterback with gyrations of his own.
Tip No. 1 to Cox: Don’t make fun of legends.
Manning handed off to Knowshon Moreno, and the running back rushed to his right directly at Cox’s side of the field and picked up an easy 10 yards.
Tip No. 2 to Cox: Don’t mock a legend when his offense is humiliating your defense and you end up recording only a single assisted tackle for the entire game.
I found the play. It was indeed a 10-yard run to Cox’s’s’s’s’s side at the start of the third quarter. And not only did Cox (briefly) taunt Manning pre-snap*, but someone, presumably from the Broncos, shouted: Right at you, Cox!
Which it was– right at him.
That’s Cox getting double-teamed and blown off the line:
So, yeah, Cox tried to troll one of the greatest quarterbacks ever, was told the play was coming at him, and then got blown off the line on a 10-yard gain. That type of day for the Eagles.
*In some cases the Eagles were yelling back: “Papa John!” A clever yet fruitless attempt to throw Peyton off by poking fun at his Papa John’s commercial.