The Denver Broncos were able to pull out a 24-22 win against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday despite RB NoShown Moreno and WR Brandon Lloyd being inactive and a in game injury to WR Eddie Royal, which forced Tim Tebow to be the teams #3 WR.
Kyle Orton lead the team and finished the game 15-of-25 for 195 yards and two touchdowns.
Willis McGahee stepped up big in Moreno’s absence gaining 101 yards on 28 carries and 1 td, which was his 24th 100 yard game as a pro and ranks him 6th among active players.
“He’s a warrior, so to speak — a proven warrior in this league,” Coach John Fox said. “I thought he did a tremendous job.”
With Lloyd and Royal out, Eric Decker was the go to guy and the #1 WR and he had his 2nd solid game in as many weeks. Decker hauled in 5 passes for 113 yards and 2 td’s, which was one week after he caught 3 balls for 53 yards and returned a punt for a 90 yard td.
“He’s had two good days as far as games go,” Fox said. “I thought he played well in the loss a week ago — not even a whole week. He came up big. He’s off to a great start this season. He’s a heck of a competitor.”
“Eric is a great player,” Orton said. “Eric is one of those guys that you can tell is just ready to take off and take it to that next level.”
“You get opportunities and it’s about what you make of them,” Decker said. “I think my preparation through the offseason and the preseason — I was ready and Matt Willis was as well. We had to step up to win this ballgame, and we got it done.”
Another interesting moment came when Royal went down and Tebow had to be inserted as the teams #3 wr the rest of the game. Tebow was not targeted at all during the game, but still was excited to help the team in anyway he could. After the game Tewbow had a few words…
“During the week, we knew ‘B-Lloyd’ was a little banged up, so I just ran around a little bit,” Tebow said. “Coming in to today, we found out he wasn’t going to be able to go, and if someone went down, I’d have to be our No. 3 receiver.”
“I have to know all the routes — I play quarterback,” he said.
“It was fun to be able to go in there and try to help the team at receiver. It was special because we were able to pull out a big win — the first win of the season — and hopefully it will give us some confidence, and we can build on it.”
Fox said the team was “definitely short” at receiver, and he liked the way Tebow stepped in.“I will say this: he’s a very competitive guy; a very mentally tough guy,” Fox said. “He’s got excellent football character, so he can probably line up a lot of different places.”