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Monday, September 20, 2010
Posted on September 20, 2010 at 08:18 PM.
The Broncos continued their offensive explosion from last week against the Titans scoring 31 points on a defense that had only given up 43 points all season.

Denver dominated time of possession at an almost 3 to 1 rate in their 31-17 victory. Josh McDaniels has done an amazing job turning Kyle Orton into one of the premier passers in the league. Orton completed passes to 9 different receivers and completed 5 passes each to 4 different targets. He accurately completed throws in the face of heavy pressure in the first half as Denver jumped out to a 21-7 lead. In the second half Baltimore stopped using its exotic blitzes in a strategy reminiscent to what teams use against Tom Brady or Peyton Manning.

The scoring started with Eddie Royal getting stripped on a punt return. Chris Carr scooped up the ball and ran 51 yards into the endzone to put Baltimore up 7-0.

Denver began the game using a lot of two tight end sets and running Knowshon Moreno right at the Ravens defense. This strategy continued into the second quarter and lead to a 13 play 67 yard drive that included 7 running plays. It was capped by a 16 yard post route to Eddie Royal. Orton stood in the face of pressure and was hit hard by Ray Lewis as he released the ball, but the ball was delivered perfectly and Denver tied the game.

Baltimore answered with a drive of their own but a missed field goal gave the Broncos good field position. Denver immediately took advantage on the first play when Orton's play action pass was complete to Daniel Graham for a 42 yard gain. A couple of plays later Buckhalter plowed his way into the endzone from 2 yards out.

Orton lead another succesful 2 minute drill before halftime, capped with a 9 yard pass to Brandon Lloyd who broke a tackle and squirted into the endzone. At the half the Ravens only had 59 yards of total offense.

Denver's defense was well rested all day and played extremely well only surrendering 3 points in garbage time. Baltimore had both of their touchdowns on fumble returns. Kyle Orton was sacked by Ngata in the 4th quarter, McKinney scooped it up and lumbered 82 yards for the touchdown. After the Bronco's went 3 and out Baltimore marched down the field again as Ray Rice ate up yardage on draw plays. Cundiff kicked a 40 yard field goal that cut Denvers lead to 24-17. Baltimore could not recover onside kick and Moreno scored from 1 yard out with 1:21 left to give the final count.

NFL Scoreboard - Ravens (3-1) at Broncos (3-1)
October 10, 20101234F
Top Performers
Ravens - Stats
H. Ngata 5tak 1fum for
C. Carr 2tak 1fum rec 1TD
Broncos - Stats
K. Orton 27/39 290yds 2TD 0Int
W. Woodyard 11tak
Team Stats Comparison
First Downs622
3rd Down Efficiency0-810-15
4th Down Efficiency
Total Yards190395
Passing Yards146282
Rushing Yards44113
Penalties-Penalty Yards5-542-20
Time of Possession13:3134:29
Scoring Summary
First QuarterBALDEN
BAL5:24C. Carr 51 yd fum return (B. Cundiff kick)07
Second QuarterBALDEN
DEN11:52E. Royal 16 yd pass from K. Orton (M. Prater kick)77
DEN5:31C. Buckhalter 2 Yd run (M. Prater kick)714
DEN0:25B. Lloyd 9 Yd pass from K. Orton (M. Prater kick)721
Third QuarterBALDEN
DEN2:17M. Prater 23 yd FG724
Fourth QuarterBALDEN
BAL6:58B. McKinney 82 yd fum return (B. Cundiff kick)1424
BAL3:02B. Cundiff 40 yd FG1724
DEN1:21K. Moreno 1 yd run (M. Prater kick)1731
J. Flacco13/2316000
R. Rice10393.90
J. Flacco252.50
R. Rice7334.70
T. Heap33210.60
D. Mason28341.50
D. Stallworth11212.00
R. Lewis8000
D. Landry8000
T. Zbikowski8000
H. Ngata5000
T. Pryce2100
C. Carr2001
B. McKinney2001
K. Orton27/3929020
K. Moreno20683.41
C. Buckhalter8435.31
L. Ball133.00
D. Graham57715.40
B. Lloyd55711.41
E. Royal55611.21
J. Gaffney5448.80
W. Woodyard11000
J. Williams2100
J. Moss2100
Punt ReturningNO.YDSTDLONG
E. Royal

After 5 weeks the division standings are starting to shape up. The NFC East looks to be a very tough division. The Saints and Packers are underperforming and the Broncos are playing above preseason expectations.

NFL Standings - Season
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Posted on September 14, 2010 at 11:31 PM.
After last weeks thrashing at the hands of the Colts McDaniels promised a better effort against the league's leading rusher. It was hard to believe that was possible after watching the Colt's mediocre running attack almost gain 270 yards.

On Sunday not only did the Bronco defense hold Chris Johnson in check, the team exploded offensively scoring on 3 plays of 50 yards or longer. Eddie Royal also returned his league leading third punt for a touchdown and Ryan McBean recorded 4 tackles, 3 sacks, a fumble forced, a fumble recovered, and an interception return for a touchdown. The defensive end received NFL defensive player of the week honors. The third year player caught a batted ball at the line of scrimmage and galloped 34 yards down the side line for his first career touchdown. Later he sacked Vince Young from behind forcing a fumble and was able to recover it himself.

Big plays were the name of the game. In the first quarter Brandon Lloyd caught a 73 yard touchdown pass from Kyle Orton. Later in the first Orton delivered a perfect 54 yard strike to Eddie Royal who ran untouched into the end zone. Later in the second quarter Knowshon Moreno broke off a 90 yard touchdown run. He finished with 177 yards rushing and 1 touchdown. The sophmore player is now third in the NFL in rushing yardage.

Despite racking up 403 yards of total offense the Broncos only had 8 first downs. The Titans looked scattered and never recovered after the early barrage of big plays by the Broncos. Denver routinely packed the box and dared Vince Young to complete passes. He was inaccurate all game long completing less than 50 percent of his passes. He was harassed by the Denver defense and sacked 6 times.

NFL Scoreboard - Broncos () at Titans ()
October 3, 20101234F
Top Performers
Broncos - Stats
K. Moreno 20car 177yds 1TD
R. McBean 4tak 3sacks 1fum forced 1 fum rec 1 Int 1 TD
Titans - Stats
C. Johnson 19car 91yds
Team Stats Comparison
First Downs98
3rd Down Efficiency4-144-10
4th Down Efficiency
Total Yards245403
Passing Yards136220
Rushing Yards109183
Penalties-Penalty Yards3-123-25
Time of Possession24:3223:28
Scoring Summary
First QuarterTENDEN
DEN9:27B. Lloyd 73 yd pass from K. Orton (M. Prater kick)70
DEN2:20E. Royal 54 yd pass from K. Orton (M. Prater kick)140
Second QuarterTENDEN
DEN9:13B. Lloyd 9 yd pass from K. Orton (M. Prater kick)210
DEN5:03K. Moreno 90 yd run (M. Prater kick)280
TEN3:27K. Britt 62 yd pass from V. Young (R. Bironas kick)287
Third QuarterTENDEN
DEN7:52R. McBean 34 yd Int return (M. Prater kick)357
DEN3:05E. Royal 39 yd punt return (M. Prater kick)427
Fourth QuarterTENDEN
TEN7:49J. Gage 14 yd pass from V. Young (R. Bironas kick)4214
K. Orton10/2023831
K. Moreno201778.81
C. Buckhalter4102.50
B. Lloyd310535.02
D. Graham34715.60
E. Royal26733.51
J. Gaffney2199.50
B. Dawkins6000
W. Woodyard6000
N. Jones6000
A. Goodman6000
R. Ayers5000
R. McBean4311
J. Williams4100
M. Haggan4100
M. Thomas1100
V. Young11/2516921
C. Johnson19914.70
V. Young2168.00
A. Hall221.00
K. Britt37725.61
J. Gage34113.61
A. Hall22713.50
B. Scaife12020.00
G. McRath8000
C. Finnegan5010
T. Brown 4100
J. Bobin3100
Posted on September 14, 2010 at 02:19 PM.
The Falcons beat the Saints 27-10 behind Michael Turner's 115 yards rushing and 1 touchdown. The Saints dropped to 0-3 and are in danger of missing the playoffs unless they start performing at a higher level.

The Broncos signed D.D. Lewis to a one year contract. Lewis was on the Broncos roster in the 2007 season but did not see any action. He is an 8 year veteran and expects to see action a's a backup.

Phillip Rivers received player of the week awards. He passed for 350 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 34-20 victory over the Seahawks.

Lorenzo Alexander captured defensive player of the week with a 6 tackle 2 sack and 1 forced fumble performance. The redskins dominated the Rams in the game winning 21-3.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Posted on September 13, 2010 at 08:35 PM.
The Indianapolis Colts came into the week struggling. They were 0-2 after losing to the Giants and the Texans, in both losses they could not get their running game going. Coming into the game against Denver they were averaging 62.5 yards per game on the ground. Manning had looked efficient but no like his former self.

The Broncos marched into week 3 confident and with their head held high despite a injury plagued defense. In their previous two victories Kyle Orton had played spectacularly and Knowshon Moreno showed vast improvements from last season. The Broncos defense was the most impressive, only allowing just under 200 yards per game on average.

Both teams reverted into last seasons form in this match up. The Colts exploded on offense and the Broncos floundered with the ball. The end result, a 37-17 route. Joseph Addai ran for 176 yards on the ground and Donald Brown added 86 yards of his own. The Colts shredded the Denver defense which routinely packed seven or eight men in the box trying to slow down the Colts running game. Manning in turn lit up the one on one coverage in the secondary passing for 262 yards and 2 touchdowns.

As soon as the game started you knew it was over. On the fifth play of the game Manning dropped a perfect pass over the shoulder of a streaking Dallas Clark for a 49 yard touchdown pass. He beat line backer Robert Ayers on the play.

Next Colt's possession Joseph Addai took a hand off ran into a wall of linemen before bouncing outside and exploding up field. The Broncos had no chance of catching him and he was gone for a 74 yard touchdown gallop.

The Colts never looked back, getting constant pressure on Orton throughout the day. Kyle finished 13 of 30 for 141 yards and 2 interceptions. The running game never had a chance for the Broncos either; they were held to 40 yards rushing. Indianapolis outgained the Broncos 530 yards to 134. The only bright side for Denver was an explosive 88 yard punt return touchdown for Eddie Royal, his second special teams touchdown of the year.

After the game Manning suggested that his team had finally found their form, "The last couple of weeks have been difficult for us. The offense was having problems with timing and we couldn't get on the same page. Everything clicked out their today and we really found our groove. Now we have to focus on having a great week in practice and preparing for the Jaguars."

The Broncos face the Tennessee Titans next week. Their front seven will have to preform much better to keep Chris Johnson in check.

NFL Scoreboard - Broncos (2-0) at Colts (0-2)
September 26, 20101234F
Top Performers
Broncos - Stats
Colts - Stats
Team Stats Comparison
First Downs207
3rd Down Efficiency4-92-10
4th Down Efficiency0-00-0
Total Yards530167
Passing Yards262127
Rushing Yards26840
Penalties-Penalty Yards4-452-20
Time of Possession27:0220:58
Scoring Summary
First QuarterINDDEN
IND10:00D. Clark 49 yd pass from Manning (A. Vinatari kick)70
IND2:58J. Addai 74 yd run (A. Vinatari kick)140
Second QuarterINDDEN
IND7:32A. Vinatari 17 yd FG170
IND0:11A. Vinatari 27 yd FG200
Third QuarterINDDEN
DEN4:06M. Prater 41 yd FG203
IND2:17A. Gonzalez 19 yd pass from Manning (A. Vinatari kick)273
DEN0:36E. Royal 88 yd punt return (M. Prater kick)2710
Fourth QuarterINDDEN
IND5:46D. Brown 39 yd run (A. Vinatari kick)3410
DEN0:53K. Moreno 1 yd run (M. Prater kick)3417
IND0:31A. Vinatari 19 yd FG3717
K. Orton13/3014102
K. Moreno13403.01
D. Graham4260
J. Gaffney3400
B. Lloyd2490
K. Moreno2110
R. Ayers10000
W. Woodyard7000
D. Bruton5000
A. Goodman3010
P. Manning20/3326221
J. Addai211768.31
D. Brown68614.31
G. Robinson166.00
A. Gonzalez4611
D. Clark4781
R. Wayne4330
B. Eldridge3470
G. Brackett6020
C. Session5000
B. Sanders4000
R. Humbler4000
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Posted on September 12, 2010 at 08:58 PM.
Broncos Rally to Defeat Hawks in Overtime

The Denver Broncos showed their resilience, Sunday afternoon, battling back from a ten point deficit to eventually win the game in overtime. Matt Prater kicked the game winning field goal from 43 yards out to make up for an earlier miss from 34 yards away.

Overtime started with the teams trading four and outs before Denver took control. Kyle Orton completed many short dump offs on the drive before Knowshon Moreno burst free for a 27 yard carry on 3rd and 1 that took Denver into field goal range. Prater calmly nailed the field goal despite being iced by the Seahawks.

After falling behind 17-7 when Forsett returned the second half opening kick 96 yards for a touchdown, the Broncos fired off 16 straight points of their own, moving the ball mainly through the air. Kyle Orton threw for 302 yards to 8 different targets and 2 touchdowns to lead the offense. Moreno chipped in, carrying the ball for 97 yards.

The early going was tough for Denver. Moreno fumbled the ball on the first play of the day. Seattle recovered but was not able to move the ball against a stout Denver defense and settled for a field goal. Soon after Leon Washington provided a spark with a 32 yard reception out of the backfield. He broke two tackles before being pushed out of bounds down the side line. Three plays later Washington capped the 8 play 66 yard drive with a 7 yard dash into the endzone.

Matt Hasselbeck struggled all game with his accuracy, finishing 10 for 18 for 68 yards and 2 interceptions. He looked unsettled in the pocket and was unable to throw down the field with any accuracy at all. Justin Forsett supplied most of Seattle's offense carrying the ball 20 times for 101 yards.

Denver faces the Indianapolis Colts next week who are also coming off an overtime thriller in which they lost to the Giants 20-17.

Notes around the league:

The Buffalo Bills took advantage of 3 Aaron Rodgers interceptions and defeated the Packers 20-13.

The 49ers defeated the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints despite Alex Smith leaving the game with a concussion. David Carr threw for 126 yards and a touchdown in the 15-10 victory." rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />
NFL Scoreboard - SEA () at DEN ()
September 19, 20101234OTF
Top Performers
SEA - Stats
DEN - Stats
Team Stats Comparison
First Downs916
3rd Down Efficiency0-107-19
4th Down Efficiency0-00-0
Total Yards387609
Passing Yards49279
Rushing Yards131106
Penalties-Penalty Yards3-306-45
Time of Possession23:2437:16
Scoring Summary
First QuarterSEADEN
SEA10:00O. Mare 30 yd FG30
SEA1:07L. Washington 7 yd run (O. Mare kick)100
Second QuarterSEADEN
DEN6:47B. Lloyd 5 yd pass from Orton (M. Prater kick)107
Third QuarterSEADEN
SEA3:00J. Forsett returned kickoff 95 yds (O. Mare kick)177
DEN3:32D. Graham 1 yd pass from Orton ( M. Prater kick)1714
Fourth QuarterSEADEN
DEN1:08M. Prater 30 yd FG1717
DEN2:03M. Prater 42 yd FG1720
K. Orton29/5130220
K. Moreno20974.80
C. Buckhalter591.80
E. Royal711716.70
D. Graham6528.61
B. Lloyd5224.41
K. Moreno44010.00
D. Thomas35317.60
C. Bailey7000
R. Ayers7000
W. Woodyard6010
R. Hill6000
J. Williams6100
J. Bannan3100
R. McBean2100
N. Jones2100
M. Hasselbeck10/186802
J. Forsett201015.00
L. Washington7304.21
D. Butler100.00
J. Forsett3124.00
M. Williams2126.00
L. Washington13232.00
G. Tate11010.00
O. Ganther122.00
L. Tatupu9000
E. Thomas8000
K. Jennings7000
A. Curry6100
B. Mebane4200" target="_blank">
Posted on September 12, 2010 at 02:33 AM.
Broncos Receive Terrible News in Victory

The Bronco's resounding win against the Jacksonville Jaguars was hampered by the news that DJ Williams will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn pectoral muscle. Elvis Dumervil is also on the IR with the same injury.

The Bronco's front seven will be under more duress as injuries are depleting the roster. On Sunday they looked good, holding Maurice Jones-Drew to 93 yards on 27 carries.

Jacksonville started off the game with a very efficient drive, scoring on an 8 yard pass from Garrard to Sims-Walker. After that it was all Denver, as they rattled off 24 straight points. Buckhalter scored 2 touchdowns and Eddie Royal chipped in, returning a punt 53 yards for a touchdown.

Denver started off the game with Orton picking apart the Jacksonville secondary. After going into the half leading 14-7 the Broncos pounded the ball mercilessly at a worn down Jacksonville defense that seemed one step behind Denver the entire game. Moreno rushed for 93 y ards on 27 carries, and Buckhalter chipped in with 19 yards and 2 touchdowns.

DJ Williams was flying all over the field before leaving with his injury. He recorded 8 tackles, 2 for a loss in his 3 quarters of work. Denver has huge question marks in their front seven after losing their best remaining linebacker. On the positive side, Ryan Harris is expected to start next week against Seattle; Zane Beadles will slide back to his spot at left guard.

NFL Scoreboard - Broncos () at Jaguars ()
September 12, 20101234F
Top Performers
Broncos - Stats
Jaguars - Stats
Team Stats Comparison
First Downs1411
3rd Down Efficiency6-154-14
4th Down Efficiency0-00-3
Total Yards384419
Passing Yards130143
Rushing Yards11072
Penalties-Penalty Yards4-303-35
Time of Possession32:4415:16
Scoring Summary
First QuarterJAXDEN
DEN8:13M. Sims-Walker 8 Yd pass from D. Garrard (J. Scobee kick)07
Second QuarterJAXDEN
JAX7:05C. Buckhalter 3 Yd run (M. Prater kick)77
JAX0:20C. Buckhalter 2 Yd run (M. Prater kick)147
Third QuarterJAXDEN
JAX2:05E. Royal returned punt 53 Yd (M. Prater kick)217
JAX0:09M. Prater 46 Yd FG247
Fourth QuarterJAXDEN
DEN2:34M. Jones-Drew 1 Yd run (J. Scobee kick)2410
K. Orton14/2614400
K. Moreno27933.40
C. Buckhalter5193.82
E. Royal45313.20
C. Buckhalter3175.60
J. Gaffney22412.00
K. Moreno2115.50
D. Williams8000
R. Hill7000
W. Woodyard5000
D. Garrard13/3315010
M. Jones-Drew21723.41
J. Dillard4379.20
M. Owens33210.60
M. Thomas24321.50
M. Sims-Walker188.01
K. Morrison10000
J. Durant8000
T. Alualu5200
Friday, September 10, 2010
Posted on September 10, 2010 at 09:20 PM.
I will be starting my first dynasty entry. I have done a lot of work to try and tune this to be the most realistic game possible and figured that I should create a record of my games that would be fun to look back on.

A little background on the settings I will be using.

I plan on using Bills coach mode sliders adjusted a bit due to the new patch affecting game play. I will be doing this as I play so it might take a while to iron out, but I don't expect anything completely off the wall.

I will also be using coaching sliders to get accurate sim statistics as well as DangerDanjo's game plans, modified a bit to include saftey blitzes for opponent's defensive game plans.

I have never imported a draft class but will be doing it in this franchise. I am not sure which way to go with this because I have heard all sorts of different reviews of the draft classes. If they are extremely terrible I can switch over in a future season.

Week 1 Preview

The Denver Broncos are starting to look like Josh McDaniels team. After taking over for Mike Shannahan McDaniel's embarked on a two season cleansing of the roster. In his second season you can reliably say every player on the roster is a player McDaniel's believes fit his system. How they preform can only be a question answered by time.

Denver opens the season facing the Jaguars in Florida, the biggest story regarding this game will be Tebow returning home, but it is highly unlikely he will see any action in this game. Orton thoroughly cemented his spot as the starter in training camp, earning a contract extension. Many people predicted Tebow would be used in Wildcat sets but he has not seen any action in that formation in the preseason and McDaniels insists he is a drop back quarterback and will be used as such.

Jacksonville is hoping their offense can create a little more of a stir than last season after they averaged only just over 18 points per game. Maurice Jones-Drew will still be a centerpiece but to succeed they will need David Garrard to play as big as his 60 million dollar contract.

Both teams defenses are suspect, Jacksonville played one of the most vanilla schemes in the NFL last season and could not generate any pressure on the quarterback. This season they signed free agent Aaron Kampman to disrupt opposing quarterbacks.

Denver had one of the best defenses to start last season, but they fell apart in the second half. They were terrible against the run in the last half of the season. They acquired some big bodies in Jamal Williams and Justin Bannan to clog the middle.

The front seven is still very suspect though with the linebacking corp in shambles after Elvis Dumervil's season ending injury.

Both teams are coming off unimpressive seasons, and have big questions on the defensive end. Maurice Jones-Drew will be a good test to see how Denver's run defense will hold up this season.

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