Despite playing only 26 snaps, Knighton made the biggest impact on the Denver defense, finishing at +5.6 overall. He was simply too much for center Ryan Wendell, as he beat him for the tackle at the 8:47 mark of the first quarter and later manhandled Wendell to get in on the stop with 4:47 to go in the second quarter. Even when he didn’t get in on the tackle, Knighton made an impact, particularly with 1:43 to go in the first quarter when he beat Wendell’s reach block, forcing the cutback by RB Stevan Ridley. Of course, Knighton’s biggest play of the game came on the aforementioned sack as he beat Mankins right off the snap to knife into the backfield to take Brady down on the critical 4th-and-3 in the third quarter. Knighton has been one of Denver’s best players this season and he continued this strong play on Sunday.
(Stop reading there, however, because they talk about our safety play next...)