Complete dominance is all I can say about the Denver Broncos‘ performance on Sunday Night Football against the New Orleans Saints. This matchup was supposed to be a test for the Broncos to see if they could get out of their first half struggles and become a complete four-quarter team. I’d say Denver removed any remaning doubt.
The Saints had been on fire in their previous three outings with Drew Brees throwing for 370+ yards and at least one receiver recording over 100 yards in those contests, which resulted in two victories. The Broncos had been struggling in first halves and playing catchup all season and falling short in several of those games.
This contest was different. The Broncos held Brees to 213 yards and the Saints’ top receiver, Marques Colston, had only 63 yards. New Orleans couldn’t get much going on the ground, either, as Pierre Thomas led the team with 43 yards rushing.
This was a game in which the Broncos dominated from the first whistle. QB Peyton Manning was smooth and I mean very smooth. He completed 22 of 30 passes for over 300 yards and three touchdowns with no turnovers.
The Broncos’ rush offense was sensational. Led by Willis McGahee and Ronnie Hillman, the Broncos rushed for 225 yards as a team.
Here at RantSports.com, we’ve talked a lot lately about the Broncos being on the verge of becoming an elite team and what it would take to get there. During the bye week I said that they needed to improve in a couple of areas and during this game they showed that they have. The Broncos had a No. 2 running back step up in Hillman, their run defense looked sharp, they played excellent man coverage and the team as a whole played outstanding in the first half.
If the Broncos can keep this up for a few weeks there is no way they won’t be considered one of the NFL‘s elite teams.
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