Was late and tired so copied some of this analysis from other sources, but is pretty much what I wanted to say.
Kyle OrtonOrton had a great game, he finished by going 37 of 57 for 476 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. Now, not all was good with Orton. He threw an ugly pick where he stared at Gaffney the whole time. Also, his red zone efficiency is bad. His throw to Thomas on 3rd and 1 at the goal line was atrocious. He totally overthrew him. His throw to Brandon Lloyd on 4th and 3 was terrible. You can't have a miscommunication with your receiver when the game is on the line. Lastly, some of his throws were poor decisions. On one 3rd and 10 play, Orton threw to a RB who was being heavily guarded at the line of scrimmage. Nevertheless, Orton is still the man in Denver. On the year, Orton has thrown 83 of 125. That is a 66% completion rate. He has thrown for 1,078 yards and 4 TD's. He is on pace for a 5500+ year.
O-line Protection:The Broncos O-line protection today was really good. They managed to shut down Freeney and Mathis and gave Orton a real nice pocket. The only sack they did allow was on a play where Orton had forever to get rid of the ball but didn't, that sack is on Orton not the O-line. Now they just need to be able to block on the run to open up those lanes for the RBs.
Run game:The run game wasn't great today, I really thought there were some gaps for the Broncos to run. But the Colts are a fast D and shut down Maroney quickly. This area needs to improve so we can be a more balance team. We can't have Orton throwing almost 60 passes a game. We may have good receivers but we need the threat of the run to help the pass.
Run defense:Well, after 3 weeks, the Broncos rank 10th against the run. Opponents are gaining an average of 94.3 rushing yards per game. Opponents are also averaging less then 4 yards a carry. Our run D is top 10 while our pass D is bottom 10. Our run D held the Colts to just 40 yards. This was a really good game by the front three, Williams, Bannan, Thomas and Vickerson really managed to seal up the lanes today and that forced them to pass on us.
Cox and Bailey:I actual thought Cox had a good game. When you think he is a rookie playing against Peyton Manning. Cox made a number of good plays knocking away balls. But the two mistakes that Cox did make lead to touchdowns. Also the fumbled punt wasn't good, but Royal looked sharp in kick returns.
Redzone:Was, well terrible, you get all the way down there you need to score. There was possibly two or three touchdowns left on the field today and that could have made a big difference. I think we really miss LenDale White in those situations. We really need to score more points to beat good teams like the Colts.
Looking ahead:Next week the Broncos take on the Titans in Tennessee. And our run D will need to be top notch to stop Chris Johnson. Will be an interesting game and I think the Broncos really could get a win there.
Former Broncos:Did you see some of the former Broncos running around? Torain had 7 carries for 46 yards. The other was Hillis who had 22 carries for 144 yards and a TD. Hillis looks huge and runs the ball hard, we are missing him now.