Ok some notes from todays game and my take.
NFL.com - Kyle Orton has a lot of work to do: Reports that Orton has struggled in Broncos training camp were backed up by a shaky performance against the 49ers. Orton completed six of his first seven passes before throwing a red-zone interception to Nate Clements. Orton also had passes intercepted on each of the Broncos' next two drives. His counterpart, Chris Simms, was much steadier behind center, completing 11 of 17 passes for 142 yards and both of Denver's touchdowns.
ESPN.com - Free agent rookie nose tackle Chris Baker had a sack and continues to push for significant playing time.
First-round pick Knowshon Moreno left the game with a sprained knee, according to CBS4Denver, which broadcast the game locally. Moreno will have an MRI Saturday. The Broncos would be devastated if Moreno, who was effective when he played, had to miss significant playing time. If it is just a sprain, Moreno should be ready for the start of the regular season.
Denverpost.com - The Broncos' new 3-4 defense is aggressive in its pass rush and disguised where their fourth and fifth pass rushers were coming from. The set has its vulnerable spots, mostly against tight ends who can stretch the field. But Denver's "D" appears markedly improved.
Two sacks by new outside linebackers (Elvis Dumervil, Mario Haggan) on the 49ers' opening drive.
My take, from what I saw which was up to half way through the third quarter I thought there were a lot of positives to take out of the game. There was a good pass rush, four sacks and three of them coming from the 1st teamers. Great to see Chris Baker get a sack. I think the defense is much improved but just have to watch the 3rd and long plays as that has killed us in the pass.
I believe our return game was better as well, I thought Smith and McKinley did a good job.
O-line great as usual, no sacks.
I thought Orton looked good but was unlucky and made one bad read. His first pick was a good play by Nate Clements. His second was a really bad read, threw it straight to Bly. And his third pick was a really good play by the CB to get up to it, otherwise Gaffney was going the other way.
There is much improvement to be made and they next game is Saturday against the Seahawks kickoff at 10:30 ET. Here is to hoping Knowshon is Ok and that Orton can bounce back and have a better game. - Aussie Out
Oh and to the one person that voted the 49ers by 1-7, nice job.