Heading into Sunday, “America’s Game of the Week” was labeled as the Denver Broncos at home against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Broncos offense came in tops in the league against another high-powered offense backed by first-year coach Chip Kelly.
Although Peyton Manning did throw four touchdowns and had 327 yards passing, the Broncos’ defense and special teams won the game for Denver.
To start with, Trindon Holliday had himself a 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that gave the Broncos their 14th point. Before all was said and done, Denver would add 38 more to the box score.
Philadelphia had two drives with 10 or more plays. Both ended with just a field goal. That is huge for a team that puts Manning back on the field after only succumbing to a three point, double-digit play drive.
Michael Vick was sacked three times, but threw no interceptions. In fact, neither team committed a turnover. But, the Eagles did suffer a blocked punt that was returned for a score by Steven Johnson of the Broncos. Including the block, Philly elected to punt five times which was more than enough for an offense featuring Manning at the helm.
Typically, you wouldn’t think of 20 points allowed by a defense to be a superb performance. But, in a game where the Broncos put up 52, just giving up 20 was fantastic; especially against a team like the Eagles who piled up 450 yards on them.
450 yards, but just 20 points? Like I said, the defense played very well and more of a ‘bend but don’t break’ style — it got the job done. The Broncos’ defense have to feel pretty good about themselves after four weeks. Of course, it helps to have a security blanket such as a guy that has thrown 16 touchdown passes in four games.