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Friday, October 28, 2011
Posted on October 28, 2011 at 10:52 PM.

Jerome Simpson hauls in a 54 yard Tebow bomb to to seal a dramatic Broncos OT victory.

If At First You Don't Succeed...

Tebow shrugs off missed FG to lead Broncos to OT victory over Jets


Boxscore: http://xtreme-football.net/OSVETS/gamecenter/76645

No one at Mile High thought it could possibly happen. After Tim Tebow led the Broncos on a 4th quarter march to the endzone, the ball was placed at the feet of kicker Matt Prater, a 53 yard field goal for the win. But it was not to be - Prater, who booted a 58-yarder earlier this season, inexplicably left it short. After surviving a near miracle Hail Mary from Mark Sanchez, and the Jets having the first possession of OT, Tebow found Jerome Simpson over the top of Jets FS Brodney Pool, a 54-yard play that set up Prater again, this time from 35. He made good, and sent the Denver sellout crowd into a frenzy, and the Broncos back to .500 for the first time since week 2.

The first half was all about both teams' running games, as Ladanian Tomlinson and Knowshon Moreno chewed up the run defenses. Tomlinson broke off 53 and 61 yard runs while Moreno answered with a 73 yard run of his own, all occurring in a wild 2nd quarter that saw 27 points scored.

In a game as tight as this you really have to look at the turnovers, and indeed both of Sanchez's interceptions cost the Jets dearly. Both occurred in their own territory and both led to scores. Tebow threw one of his own, but it was on a deep ball that ended up in the hands of Jim Leonhard at the Jets own 2. Sanchez's second INT in the 3rd quarter was particularly excruciating, as what looked like a completely errant throw ended up right in the numbers of Brian Dawkins. The Broncos cashed it in a few plays later with a short Tebow dumpoff over the middle to Moreno, giving them a 20-17 lead.

That wasn't it, by a longshot. After a bit of 4th quarter field position football, Sanchez and the Jets took over at their own 29 with 6:34 left. Led by Tomlinson again, they marched down to the Denver 13 but were stopped there, and managed only the field goal to tie the game.

That's where the legend of Tim Tebow picked up a few more pages. Starting from their own 20 with 3:11 to go, Tebow engineered a drive that (following a near-disaster sack-fumble) included a 3rd and 14 conversion to Brandon Lloyd, who slipped off Revis and into the slot for that play. That got Denver to the Jets 39, and one missed FG later the teams were heading to OT.

...Or were they?? With one second left on the clock after the miss, Sanchez, from his own 43, heaves the ball toward the endzone. And Santonio Holmes got under it and pulled it down above Rahim Moore and Andre Goodman. But it wasn't enough - he caught it at the 2, was stopped there, and the Broncos lived to see OT. After one first down the Jets were forced to punt, and that set up - finally - the deciding play of this game. The Jets, without Eric Smith due to dehydration, were forced to play backup FS Brodney Pool. Tebow, off a play fake, saw the single zone coverage on the left side, and heaved up a prayer toward recent trade acquisition Jerome Simpson.

It was answered.

The question couldn't have been asked until now, it wouldn't have even been fathomable - did the Broncos actually win a game due to the trade of franchise player Champ Bailey?? But these are the facts - Denver is 3-2 since the Bailey trade, have shot to the top of a wide-open AFC West division, and are riding an incredible wave of momentum into San Diego next week. Oh - and they're also undefeated with Tim Tebow at the helm.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Posted on October 21, 2011 at 11:30 PM.
Tim Terrific, Defense Dominant as Broncos Shut Down Chiefs 22-9


Tebow aims high just before releasing a deep ball to Brandon Lloyd.

This is what Broncos fans have been waiting for - the chance for Tim Tebow to take the reins in Denver, and so far he hasn't disappointed. Tebow led the Broncos passing attack and the defense did their part in a 22-9 victory against bitter rival Kansas City. Tebow improves to 2-0 since taking over as the starting QB for Kyle Orton in week 9.

Tebow went 12-20 for 204 yards throwing just one interception and, for the most part, showing why the Broncos drafted him with a taste of the future. Tebow looked calm in the pocket with the line doing a decent job of protecting him against a heavy KC pass rush. The rush was coming on early downs as the Chiefs clearly came out with a gameplan to shut down Knowshon Moreno (24 carries, 56 yards and a TD). In the 3rd quarter, Tebow broke through in a big way by hitting reciever Brandon Lloyd for a 58 yard completion, putting the ball in a perfect spot behind CB Brandon Flowers. That set up Denver's only offensive TD, a 6 yard run by Knowshon Moreno.

Defensively the Broncos played bend but don't break style defense, allowing the Chiefs to cross midfield a few times but then locked down Matt Cassel and Jamaal Chambers. Similar to the Chiefs defensive gameplan, they looked to shut down Charles on the run and force Cassel to beat them. Cassel (7-19, 129 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) was faced with heavy pressure for most of the game, the majority of which came from LE Jason Hunter, who recorded 4 tackles with three of them sacks. When Cassel did have time he rushed a few throws, one of which was taken back for a TD by recent trade acquisition CB Brian Williams. Steve Breaston led the Chiefs receiving attack, hauling in 3 catches for 82 yards.

Denver climbs back to 1 game under .500 with the huge win, leads the AFC West pending the result of the Raiders-Chargers game this week, and prepares to head back to Mile High to face the 2-6 Jets. Kansas City (3-6) goes on the road to take on New England.

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
Oct 21, 20111ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
Denver Broncos (3-5)3107222
Kansas City Chiefs (3-5)00279
Team Stats Comparison
DENKAN
Total Offense254220
Rushing Yards69121
Passing Yards18599
First Downs1213
Punt Return Yards1123
Kick Return Yards3099
Total Yards295342
Turnovers12
3rd Down Converstion5-120-7
4th Down Conversion0-10-1
2-Point Conversion
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals1/01/0
Penalties01-5
Posession Time22:4917:11
Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTER SCORINGDENKAN
3:01(DEN) M. Prater, 55 Yd FG30
SECOND QUARTER SCORINGDENKAN
5:04(DEN) M. Prater, 38 Yd FG60
6:47(DEN) B Williams, returned INT 46 Yds130
THIRD QUARTER SCORINGDENKAN
3:27(DEN) K. Moreno, 4 Yd Run200
6:47(DEN) Team Safety202
FOURTH QUARTER SCORINGDENKAN
3:04(KAN) Team Safety222
0:10(KAN) J Charles 7 Yd Pass from M. Cassel229
Denver Broncos
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
Tim Tebow12-2020411
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
Knowshon Moreno24561
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
Brandon Lloyd2710
Eddie Royal2460
Daniel Fells3390
Knowshon Moreno3380
Jerome Simpson1100
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
Brian Williams0011
Jason Hunter3300
Ty Warren1100
DJ Williams3100
Von Miller4000
Quinton Carter3000
KICKINGFGXPPTSLONG
Matt Prater2/22/2855
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGIN20
Britton Colquitt3361
KICK RETURNRETYDSAVGTD
Eddie Royal2140
Jerome Simpson120
PUNT RETURNRETYDSAVGTD
Eddie Royal111110
Kansas City Chiefs
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
Matt Cassel7-1912911
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
Jamaal Charles14520
Dexter McCluster3310
Matt Cassel2250
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
Steve Breaston3820
Dwyane Bowe2220
Tony Moeaki1180
Jamaal Charles171
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
Derrick Johnson8210
Tyson Jackson3000
Glenn Dorsey3000
KICKINGFGXPPTSLONG
Ryan Succop0/01/11
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGIN20
Dustin Colquitt6434
KICK RETURNRETYDSAVGTD
Javier Arenas2220
Dexter McCluster1210
Steve Breaston2170
PUNT RETURNRETYDSAVGTD
Javier Arenas1230
Thursday, October 20, 2011
The Tim Tebow era officially kicked off in Denver's week 9 battle with Oakland, and while it wasn't pretty it began with a win. Despite managing just 128 yards of total offense the Broncos escaped the Black Hole with a 17-7 victory.

Offensively Denver was led by Knowshon Moreno who posted another 100+ yard day on the ground and scored a TD with a 41 yard run. Tebow, despite being sacked 7 times went 5-10, throwing for just 76 yards. His main look was Eddie Royal as the Raiders had Lloyd locked down - Royal caught 2 balls for 50 yards.

Tebow's counterpart didn't fare much better. OAK QB Jason Campbell went 15-30 for 180 yards, but was sacked 6 times and threw three costly interceptions. Rahim Moore had one of those, as he increased his team-leading total to 4. Oakland also lost 2 fumbles, the 2nd one resulting in a scoop'n scoot 83 yard TD by LE Jason Hunter.

With the win and season sweep of the Raiders, Denver continues to be relevant in an AFC West division literally anyone has a shot at winning. With both KC and Oakland taking losses and San Diego pulling out a surprise win over the Packers, the entire division is sitting at 3-5. Next week may go a long way in helping sort out this mess - Denver squares off against Kansas City in KC, while Oakland hits the road to take on a revitalized San Diego team.

Highlights coming later (there weren't many). Regarding the boxscore, I'll do it by hand if the LM site won't sync - just want to give it a bit more time.
Posted on September 20, 2011 at 01:50 AM.
SACK ATTACK: Orton Dropped Nine Times as Bengals Earn Tough Win



Bengals D-Lineman Mike Patterson celebrates a 4th down sack, ending any hopes of Orton leading a comeback

Cincinnati Bengals at Denver Broncos
Sep 19, 20111234F
CIN (1-0)3371023
DEN (1-0)373013
Top Performers
PASS: Kyle Orton - 12/20, 113 Yds Passing, 1 TD, 1 INT
RUSH: Cedric Benson - 9 Carries, 80 Yards, 1 TD
REC: Jermaine Gresham - 4 Catches, 55 Yards
Team Stats Comparison
CINDEN
First Downs129
3rd Down Efficiency4-113-11
4th Down Efficiency0-00-1
Total Yards271260
Passing Yards8856
Rushing Yards16792
Penalties-Penalty Yards0-02-20
Turnovers01
Time of Possession19:2320:37
Scoring Summary
FIRST QUARTER SCORINGCINDEN
6:27(CIN) Nugent 38 Yd FG03
2:14(DEN) Prater 41 Yd FG33
SECOND QUARTER SCORINGCINDEN
5:15(DEN) B. Lloyd 9 Yd Pass from K. Orton310
0:00(CIN) Nugent 42 Yd FG610
THIRD QUARTER SCORINGCINDEN
9:39(CIN) C. Benson, 52 Yd Run1310
2:50(DEN) Prater 49 Yd FG1313
FOURTH QUARTER SCORINGCINDEN
9:21(CIN) L. Weaver 11 Yd Run2013
2:09(CIN) Nugent 30 Yd FG2313
Cincinnati Bengals
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
Andy Dalton11/2010400
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
Cedric Benson9808.81
Bernard Scott14634.40
Leonard Weaver21891
Andy Dalton351.60
A.J. Green1111
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
Jermaine Gresham45513.70
Jerome Simpson22512.50
Bernard Scott32170
A.J. Green1220
Jordan Shipley1110
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
Leon Hall3010
Rey Maualuga6300
Carlos Dunlap3200
Mike Patterson2100
Reggie Nelson2100
Michael Johnson3100
Keith Rivers8100
Bruce Johnson5000
KICKINGFGXPPTSLG
Mike Nugent3/42/21143
PUNTINGTOTYDSAVG-20
Kevin Huber4184461
KICK RETURNRETYDSAVGTD
Troy Williamson0000
PUNT RETURNRETYDSAVGTD
Troy Williamson21680
Denver Broncos
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
Kyle Orton12/2011311
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
Knowshon Moreno15664.30
Spencer Larsen114140
Kyle Orton111110
Willis McGahee1110
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
Daniel Fells342140
Brandon Lloyd22311/51
Demariyus Thomas119190
Knowshon Moreno4133.20
Eddie Royal1990
Julius Thomas1770
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
Von Miller5100
Elvis Dumervil3100
Brian Dawkins7000
Rahim Moore6000
DJ Williams5000
KICKINGFGXPPTSLG
Matt Prater2/21/1750
PUNTINGTOTYDSAVG-20
Britton Colquitt418145.21
KICK RETURNRETYDSAVGTD
Eddie Royal5110220
PUNT RETURNRETYDSAVGTD
Eddie Royal1220


The Broncos knew they were going to face pressure from the Bengals front 7, but they likely didn't expect this. Kyle Orton was sacked 9 times, the heavy majority coming in the 2nd half, as Cincinnati's defense smothered the Bronco's passing attack en route to a 23-13 victory.

Week 1 Player of the Week Rey Maualuga had another huge game, claiming 3 of the sacks. Carlos Dunlap, Mike Patterson, and Reggie Nelson also joined in the fun. The secondary made a statement as well, allowing Orton to throw for just 113 yards and also intercepting him for the first time this season.

Denver's defense was no slouch today either, as neither offense was able to get much going throughout the game. But the biggest play of the game followed immediately after Leon Hall's interception, with the Broncos leading 10-6 - Cedric Benson caught the Broncos on a blitz and took off on a 52 yard run to the endzone. From that point the Bengals' D took over the game.

Field goals were the story of the first half as both teams could move the football but were unable to punch it in. Denver did manage to score one TD as Orton found Lloyd for his 2nd TD catch of the season. The Broncos were unable to establish the running game , with most of HB Knowshon Moreno's 66 carry yards coming on passing downs.

The win may have come at a cost for Cincinnati - Andy Dalton's go-to Tight End Jermaine Gresham left the game in the 4th quarter with an apparent elbow injury.

1-1 Denver goes on the road for the first time next week to take on the Tennessee Titans while the 2-0 Bengals head home for their home opener against the 49ers.

Highlights and full game will be up in the arena shortly.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Posted on September 19, 2011 at 08:30 AM.
Matchup Preview | September 20, 2011
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Cincinnati Bengals
(1-0, 1-0 Away)
Denver Broncos
(1-0, 1-0 Home)
Offensive Stats Comparison
385Total Yards311
358Total Offensive Yards248
168Passing Yards113
190Rushing Yards135
38Points Per Game28
10First Downs12
1Red Zone Attempts3
1/0Red Zone TD-FG3/0
100%Red Zone Percentage100%
Defensive Stats Comparison
284Total Yards Allowed420
103Passing Yards Allowed272
38Rushing Yards Allowed120
3Points Allowed21
6Sacks2
2Fumble Recoveries1
1Interceptions2
3Points Per Game21
1Red Zone Attempts3
0/1Red Zone TD-FG3/0
0%Red Zone Percentage0%
Injury Report
None
Darcel McBath - Broken Collarbone
6 Weeks
Game Notes
Denver's 2011 2nd round draft pick FS Rahim Moore gets his first career start vs. the Bengals due to McBath's injury.

Cincinnati LB Rey Maualuga will look to continue his strong play from week 1 (6 tackles, 1 sack, and 3 forced fumbles) for which he was named Defensive Player of the Week.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Posted on September 16, 2011 at 12:39 AM.
Late Collapse Averted, Broncos Survive Sunday Night Comeback from Raiders

Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos
Sep 15, 20111ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
Oakland Raiders (0-0)0071421
Denver Broncos (0-0)0210728
Team Stats Comparison
OAKDEN
Total Offense392248
Rushing Yards120135
Passing Yards272113
First Downs1812
Punt Return Yards1212
Kick Return Yards1651
Total Yards420311
Turnovers30
3rd Down Converstion5-94-9
4th Down Conversion00
2-Point Conversion00
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals3/03/0
Penalties01-5
Posession Time20:3319:27
Scoring Summary
SECOND QUARTER SCORINGOAKDEN
5:37(DEN) S. Larsen 1 Yd Run07
0:52(DEN) D. Fells 9 Yd Pass from K. Orton014
0:18(DEN) B. Lloyd 9 Yd Pass from K. Orton021
THIRD QUARTER SCORINGOAKDEN
0:05(OAK) M. Bush 8 Yd Run721
FOURTH QUARTER SCORINGOAKDEN
5:42(OAK) C. Schilens 15 Yd Pass from J. Campbell1421
1:07(OAK) D. McFadden 4 Yd Run2121
0:37(DEN) S. Thompson, returned fumble 33 Yds2128
Oakland Raiders
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
Jason Campbell19/2828512
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
Darren McFadden201005.01
Michael Bush3175.61
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
Darius Heyward-Bey410626.50
Kevin Boss35819.30
Chaz Schilens34615.31
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
Richard Seymour1100
Lamarr Houston5100
Michael Huff9000
Kamerion Wimbley7000
Quentin Groves7000
Chris Johnson4000
KICKINGFGXPPTSLONG
Sebastian Janikowski0/23/330
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGIN20
Shane Lechler15555.00
KICK RETURNRETYDSAVGTD
Jacoby Ford11600
PUNT RETURNRETYDSAVGTD
Nick Miller2126.00
Denver Broncos
PASSINGC/AYDSTDINT
Kyle Orton10-1612820
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTD
Knowshon Moreno25853.40
Willis McGahee34916.30
Spencer Larsen111.01
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTD
Demaryius Thomas23919.50
Knowshon Moreno23015.00
Julius Thomas2189.00
Antwaan Randle El11616.01
Daniel Fells199.01
Eddie Royal177.00
DEFENSETACKSACKINTTD
Syd'Quan Thompson2010
Mario Haggan3010
Elvis Dumervil5100
Von Miller6100
Darcel McBath11000
Champ Bailey10000
KICKINGFGXPPTSLONG
Matt Prater0/14/440
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGIN20
Britton Colquitt416741.72
KICK RETURNRETYDSAVGTD
Eddie Royal13232.00
Lance Ball11919.00
PUNT RETURNRETYDSAVGTD
Eddie Royal11212.00


Down 21 points at the end of the first half, the Oakland Raiders were determined to not get blown out of Mile High on Sunday night. With Darren McFadden and Jason Campbell leading the charge Oakland managed to put 21 of their own on the board in the second half, and had put Denver deep in their own end forcing a punt which should have resulted in good field position for bionic-legged Sebastian Janikowski. But heartbreak struck Raider Nation when returner Nick Miller failed to call for a fair catch and coughed up the football, leading to the winning TD.

The Broncos, for their part got good performances out of Kyle Orton and their running game. Moreno was the workhorse for Denver, carrying 25 times for 85 yards. Backup HB Willis Mcgahee also contributed with one of the biggest plays of the game - a 41 yard run to get the Broncos out of trouble in their own end. Orton was able to find holes in Oakland's secondary, and hit both Brandon Lloyd and recent FA pickup Antwaan Randle El for TD passes.

Both defenses were solid for the most part with only a handful of big plays in the game. Denver got a couple of timely interceptions from Syd'quan Thompson and Mario Haggan.

Denver welcomes the Cincinnati Bengals to Mile High next week while Oakland looks to rebound against the Buffalo Bills.

Denver Broncos Injury Report
PosPlayerInjury Note
FSDarcel McBathBroken Collarbone - 7 weeks


Highlights and full game film (albeit without sound) available in my arena!
Denver Broncos Depth Chart - 2011
Regular Offense
STARTER2ND3RD4TH
WRBrandon LloydEddie RoyalDemariyus ThomasAntwaan Randle El
TEDaniel FellsJulius ThomasVirgil Green
LTRyan CladyChris ClarkStanley Daniels
LGZane BeadlesStanley DanielsOrlando Franklin
CJD WaltonStanley DanielsOrlando Franklin
RGChris KuperStanley DanielsOrlando Franklin
RTRuss HochsteinStanley DanielsOrlando Franklin
WREric Decker
QBKyle OrtonTim TebowBrady Quinn
FBSpencer Larsen
HBKnowshon MorenoWillis McGahee
Base 3-4 Defense
STARTER2ND3RD4TH
LDEJason HunterRobert AyersJeremy Jarmon
NTTy WarrenBrodrick BunkleyMarcus ThomasRyan McBean
RDEElvis DumervilRobert AyersJeremy Jarmon
LOLBDJ WilliamsWesley WoodyardLee Robinson
LILBMario HagganJoe MaysNate IrvingWesley Woodyard
ROLBVon MillerLee RobinsonWesley Woodyard
CBChamp BaileyAndre GoodmanPerrish CoxSyd'Quan Thompson
SSBrian DawkinsQuinton CarterRahim Moore
FSDarcel McBathRahim MooreSyd'Quan Thompson
CBNathan Jones
Special Teams
STARTER2ND3RD4TH
KMatt Prater
PBritton Colquitt
PREddie RoyalPerrish Cox
KREddie RoyalLance Ball

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