Passing Game:The Passing game was really good for the Broncos today. Orton threw for over 300 yards and two touchdowns and spread the ball to 7 different receivers. There were a number of big plays today. There were two that stood out for me. One was the yards after catch on a pass to Knowshon. It was a short pass and Knowshon made a number of people miss and hurdled another for a big gain. The other play was the trick play where the ball was handed off to Knowshon who headed off right. He then turned and passed the ball back to Orton who caught it and then turned and found Royal streaking across the middle of the field and up the side line. Royal had a big gain and dove to the 1 yard line.
Run Game - Short and goal:The run game for the Broncos was ok, but could be way better. The Broncos didn't even get 100 yards on the ground. I did noticed that Knowshon may get 3 or 4, 3 yard runs and then get stopped for a lose. I think the Broncos need to get into a roll with the run just like they are with the pass. The other problem with the Broncos run game was the short and goal plays. The Broncos would use every down to try and run the ball in. I believe they had 6 attempts for two touchdowns from the 1. I am hoping that our run game and goal line situation improves with the addition of Maroney.
Turnovers and Defense:One of the bright spots from this game was the ability of the secondary to get turnovers. Champ, Dawkins and Cox all made good grabs and ended drives that could have finished in scores. Cassius Vaughn also picked up a fumble on STs and was solid in coverage.
The defense as a whole was good, they gave up 100 yards on the ground but they managed to keep the passing game in check. I am still worried about the speed of the linebackers, they are big but mostly slow. DJ is good but the others have no speed, unless Moss is on the field. To let Hasselbeck walk right into the endzone with getting touched is a joke (if you watch this play again, watch Ayers at the bottom of the screen, he has his back completely turned to the play.)
Rookie Thomas:Today's game was Demaryius Thomas debut and he came out in a big way. He was slow to start but after he made that first catch it was love at first sight with Orton. He would go back to Thomas over and over in the second half and Thomas was good. He showed good speed and made his first TD grab. He finished the day with a stat line of 8 receptions for 97 yards and a TD. The only problem I see with Thomas is that he can out run Ortons deep ball so he would have to come back and get it.
Orton's Beard:If you watched the game closely, or have seen the BTV video on DenverBroncos.com Orton has shaved the neck beard off. He now looks really nerdy.
Injuries:There were a number of injuries in the game. Ayers had to go off for a while with an injury but did return late in the game. Andre Goodman also was taking off the field and did not return. And the worst of all was that Champ was taken off with an injury, believed to be an high ankle sprain. He was on crutches after the game, but he may play against the Colts.
Dawkins and DJ:If you watch that video on DenverBroncos.com you will see how pumped and awesome Dawkins is, you will also see DJ getting fired up and pumping up the linebackers, that is something I want to see more of from him.
Next week:The Broncos take on the Indianapolis Colts at home. The Colts are coming off a big win over the Giants, 38-14. The game should be close, it will be interesting to see if the Broncos can tango with a top team like the Colts.
That is me done ~ Aussie out!