Good Morning, Friends! The Broncos won their home opener in mostly impressive fashion yesterday over the Sea Chickens, 31-14 (box score). Denver was able to take advantage of four Seattle turnovers and an exceptional NFL debut by Demaryius Thomas, the Broncos’ “other” first-round pick. DT made ‘em count, gaining 6 first downs on 8 receptions (9 targets, 0 drops) for 97 yards and a TD. Kyle Orton was excellent, racking up 307 yards and 2 TDs on 35 attempts for a 117.2 QB rating - his protection was better and his passes sharper, and he only took one sack. Eddie Royal had another terrific game, as did the Broncos’ defensive backs (3 interceptions). Knowshon had a spectacular 45-yard catch and run in the second half. The other side of the coin is that Denver’s rushing attack is still impotent, as the O-Line could not create consistent holes for Knowshon and Buck (especially to the right side with Hochstein and Beadles). Plus, the special teams made two consecutive blunders, as KR Perrish Cox started the Broncos out at their own 5-yard line to begin the second half, and the punt unit allowed a subsequent 63-yard punt return to Golden Tate. Meanwhile, the defense gave up 7 conversions on 11 third downs. But overall, it was an impressive win and something to build on. On Sunday, the Colts come to town.
DB - Broncos TV wraps up the game.
DP - Champ was on crutches yesterday after injuring his right ankle. Andre’ Goodman also left with an injury, to his right thigh.
ST - Recapping from the losing side.
The Dolts thumped the Jags.
Meanwhile, the Chefs squeaked one out in Cleveland and are now 2-0 atop the division.
Bruce Gradkowski rescued Jokeland versus the Lambs.
Matt Bowen is still impressed by Kyle Orton.
Here’s what Pat Kirwan took from Sunday.
A look at the brewing QB controversies around the league.
Brian Burke is starting to compare the efficiency of the 3-4 and 4-3 defensive fronts.