9:16 P.M. MDT: Some power for Selvin Young, who doesn’t burrow into the line the way Andre Hall does but really becomes a sack of bricks when he runs into defenders in the open field…
9:17 P.M. MDT: And then, oh, what a move to the left side as Young moves around blocks from Mark Fenton and Glenn Martinez — in addition to leaving a Cardinals defender flat-footed — for the score. There’s 14:09 left, and the rout is on … 21-3.
9:20 P.M. MDT: Todd Sauerbrun clobbers another kickoff 74 yards that Breaston opts to return … and he gets tackled at the 17.
9:24 P.M. MDT: Maybe I’m slow, but after seeing Wesly Mallard make the tackle there, I just realized … Mallard’s a Duck! I know he went to Oregon; I was aware of that for a while, but for some reason, I just put that together. Yeah, I know, I’m a scosh slow. And speaking of Oregon … the pride of Portland, Preston Parsons, is now in for the Broncos.
9:31 P.M. MDT: I’m writing the game recap concurrently, so my entries are a tad sparse right now. Denver’s possession ended after penalties and some struggles forced the Broncos into a third-and-19; the Big Red promptly brought the house, the barn and the garage on Parsons, who had absolutely no place to go and let fly a pass that was deflected incomplete.
9:32 P.M. MDT: USA Today is reporting that the NFL will change its logo to this next year — what do you think?
9:36 P.M. MDT: Praise to Steve Cargile for a shoestring, touchdown-preventing tackle on Arizona’s Steve Baylark.
9:39 P.M. MDT: And Cargile comes through again, with a red-zone interception. Nicely done for the safety, who singlehandedly helps the Broncos keep a three-score lead.
9:48 P.M. MDT: Update as I also write the recap … Parsons’ second drive ends in a punt, which was a howitzer shot from Sauerbrun that sent Michael Spurlock scurrying back to the 2-yard-line to catch it. Sauerbrun has averaged 54.7 yards per punt tonight, and three of his four kickoffs have reached the end zone … Arizona going for it on fourth-and-10 from the Denver 48 with 3:26 left. Why not? It’s the preseason …
9:51 P.M. MDT: The fourth down fails, and Denver takes over in good field position. Broncos lining up in a power-I formation, with Paul Smith in at fullback and Nate Jackson and Tony Scheffler at tight ends. We hit the two-minute warning; and it seems everyone is content to let the clock drain. Unless something radical happens, I’m out from blogland … Been a pleasure, as always; love the comments, love the conversation. Blogging has become my favorite part of the job; talking to y’all is a pleasure. Enjoy the night, everyone … I’m off to the locker room. Until next time, vaya con Dios.
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