Victory Lard 9-20-10

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.

Broncos/Sea Chickens

DB - Broncos TV wraps up the game.

NFL - GameDay highlights. Perrish Cox’s first NFL INT (Video)

DB - Josh McDaniels and Kyle Orton speak to the press following their home-opening victory (Video).

DB - Brian Dawkins and Mario Haggan speaking in the locker room after the game (Audio).

DB - Gray Caldwell wraps up the game. Gabe Hiatt shares more on the stellar debut of Demaryius Thomas.

DP - Champ was on crutches yesterday after injuring his right ankle. Andre’ Goodman also left with an injury, to his right thigh.

DP - LJ lauds Kyle Orton’s third-down efficiency and lists what stood out to her from the game. Plus, Krieger focuses on the two huge interceptions by Denver’s defensive leaders Champ and Dawk.

DP - Klis mentions Tim Tebow four times in the opening paragraphs in recapping a game the QB did not come close to appearing in. He then talks to Knowshon about his catch and run.

DP - Woody spends an entire column on the Knowshon/Orton/Royal flea flicker from the second quarter. Kiszla is still comparing the Broncos and the Rockies. Why? I haven’t the foggiest…

ST - Recapping from the losing side.

Enemies

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.

Sunday Wraps

Matt Bowen is still impressed by Kyle Orton.

Don Banks covers the day, although nothing on the Broncos. Peter King also didn’t find anything to write about Denver’s win. Neither did Mike Silver, but at least his column isn’t five pages long.

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.

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