I didn't get to watch the game but have been over all the highlights and read a number of different peoples opinions and I will be relying on those for my review.
Because of Orton's big games recently the receivers have been getting a lot of ball. And today was no exception as most of the first string receivers turned in big days.After having just an 8 catch season last year, Lloyd has exploded onto the scene for the Broncos. On Sunday he caught 11 passes for 115 yards. He now has 25 catches for 454 yards and 1 TD on the season. These are his best stats since 2005 when he caught a career high 48 passes for 733 yards and 5 TD's for the 49ers. At this rate, Lloyd will have acquired those stats by the bye week. Another receiver Eddie Royal had a fantastic game on Sunday. He finished with 8 catches for 113 yards and 1 TD. He now has 25 catches for 299 yards and 2 TD's on the year. Last season, Eddie had season totals of 37 catches for 345 yards and 0 TD's. He will easily match these numbers within the next couple of games.
The Broncos run game today was pretty much...terrible. Any time Captian Slow of the Slowest Orton leads the team in rushing you had a really bad day on the run. Buckhalter could not move the ball at all, but he made up for it with some receptions. Maroney on the other hand didn't provide anything to the team. Hopefully we can get Moreno back soon so we can have a more balanced attack then passing the ball all the time.
The Offensive Line wasn't great today and Orton was sacked 6 times and hit a number of other times. But when you can't run the ball they will pass rush more. Also don't understand why Daniels is still at LG, I would prefer Beadles to be in there. That would be our starting O-line of the future so might as well make a solid start on getting these guys some chemistry together.
The run defense really stepped it up today and sealed up the run game of the Titans. They didn't get burned by CJ at all, his longest run of the day was 8 yards. The run D only got beat for one long play and that was to the back up running back. I think this could be put down to 4 players. Robert Ayers, DJ Williams, Jamal Williams and Kevin Vickerson had big days in the run defense. Jamal collapsed the pocket and forced Young outside, Vickerson set the edge well and was a beast in getting to the ball carrier. Ayers was solid and is a great tackler and DJ was good in the run game getting team high tackles though he struggled a little in coverage on the TEs.
The defense as a whole was pretty good. They covered well and held the Titans offense to one touchdown. Dawkins was all over the field making plays and the pass coverage was good. Cox had an up and down game but he has played well so far. And Bailey is awesome as always.
The pass rush of the Broncos wasn't great, their got two sacks but Young did make some plays when the play broke down with his feet. This will need to improve for the Broncos to win more games.
Matt Prater was really good for us today, he accounted for 14 of the Broncos 26 points. His kick on the late kickoff that was recovered for a fumble was great and was placed in the perfect spot for the recovery.
Special Teams was good expect for the kickoff which was returned for a TD. There was a good block on Mays that broke that play loose but the special teams needs to play better. Also one bright spot on special teams was that Thomas was kick returner. He had a good game returning and was averaging 36 yards a return and he had one long run of 65 yards. McD had this to say about Thomas “When he catches it and gets going, that’s a big man to be running that fast and to have to try and tackle him on the kickoff team,” McDaniels said “We had a little bit of hesitation when we went out there in the beginning, but he caught them well in pre-game and he certainly made enough of an impact today that I think he will be back there again.”
Check out the highlights here, Broncos Vs Titans
Next week the Broncos face the Ravens in Baltimore before returning home against the Jets. There are a few areas for improvements, like the run game, which the Broncos will need to address but a win against the Ravens would be big for the Broncos. And I believe they can do it.
Now onto the most important news of the lot. Aussie is going on holidays! Yes that is right, I am going to Fiji for a while and will not be able to post or comment on anything. So I am looking at you guys to post some stuff up while I am gone. And I mean you guys like 80#, Doc, Jazzy, Digger because I don't want to leave Princess with all the work. I really need you guys to step up and help out while I am not here, thanks in advance for helping out.
Well guys that is it from me, I will catch you when I get back ~ Aussie Out and Go Broncos!