On Tuesday, DenverBroncos.com will air its fifth episode of the season of Elway Access, a 30-minute podcast hosted by Broncos TV’s Chris Hall. During the podcast, Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway will answer questions that fans have submitted via Twitter using #ElwayAccess.
On Monday at 6 p.m., Elway discussed the Broncos’ Week 5 loss to the New England Patriots on the team’s partner station, 9 News KUSA-TV.
The Broncos fell to 2-3 on the season Sunday as New England was able to build a 31-7 lead thanks to a ball-control attack highlighted by 35 first downs. Denver rallied to cut the lead to 10 points, but couldn’t get any closer and fell by a final score of 31-21. One big factor in the loss was the turnover battle, which the Broncos lost 3-1. Elway was pleased with the way the team battled back but said the early mistakes were too much to overcome on the road.
“Again, we didn’t give up,” Elway said. “That’s been the theme, especially in the big games against good football teams that we’ve played up to this point, Atlanta, Houston and now New England, the fact that we hung in there and kept battling. But we got way too far behind early, made the mistakes. Mistakes cost us, got us behind and we just ran out of time. So we just have to do a better job of number one, not turning the ball over. New England’s a good football team, we have to give them credit. But when you go play in their backyard, you have to play that much better to beat them.”
One bright spot in the loss was the play of quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns to increase his season totals to 1,499 yards passing and 11 touchdowns through five games.
“Peyton continues to get better and better each week,” Elway said. “What we saw yesterday was that he was on target, he was throwing with rhythm, he was feeling better within the pocket and really doing a good job. Peyton is doing his job. He continues to get better. If you look at the pace he’s on, yardage-wise, he’s on pace to have his best year ever. We have to continue to do that and just eliminate some of those mistakes.”
Fans, be sure to get on Twitter and submit your questions using #ElwayAccess.