I doubt many people predicted the Broncos would beat the Falcons, which is what happened Sunday at the Georgia Dome. Denver won 24-20.
I admit I was not in the group that made such a prediction. I believed it was possible but a big part of me had to see it to believe it.
I’m not ready to pronounce the Broncos a Super Bowl contender, but I am ready to say they are playing better football. And it is making for some good times.
Sunday the Broncos passed the Football 101 test with flying colors. Because of that, they beat the Falcons.
–The Broncos held onto the football. They did not commit a turnover. That not only maximized the Broncos’ chances of scoring but it kept the Falcons’ offense on the bench.
–The Broncos contained the Falcons’ powerful rushing attack. Yes, Michael Turner scored two touchdowns. But he needed 25 carries to gain 81 yards. That’s only 3.2 yards per carry. I’ll take that any day. We all pointed out when the Broncos’ rush defense struggled. Now we must give them credit for a job well done.
–The Broncos made big plays at big times. The Broncos scored 10 points in the fourth quarter and 17 in the second half. In their last game against Cleveland, the Broncos exploded for 21 points in the fourth quarter. That is coming through in the clutch. That’s getting it done when the game is on the line. That’s impressive.
–The Broncos are getting key contributions from players filling in for injured guys. Peyton Hillis, Spencer Larsen, Wesley Woodyard, P.J. Pope, among others, all gave the Broncos a lift. And how about Big Play Dre (Bly)? While not a replacement, he came up with a third quarter interception that was the kind of key play the defense needed to make. It led to Matt Prater’s 20-yard field goal that gave the Broncos a 17-13 lead. Bly had to cover Atlanta’s best receiver, Roddy White, much of the game and Dre acquitted himself rather well.
“We’re feeling pretty good,” quarterback Jay Cutler told 850 KOA after the game. “People counted us out against Cleveland (and) counted us out in this game. Guys did a great job offensively, defensively (and) on special teams. It was a good win for us.”
Indeed it was. The Broncos are heading in the right direction. The offense is cranking back up. The defense is showing noticeable improvement. Special teams are making a difference.
It looks like the Broncos are getting the hang of Football 101. Class is dismissed…but just for another week.
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