A few thoughts and observations from the 5th deck at Mile High:
1. Kyle Orton played one hell of a game! He out Bradied Brady
2. The two second half drives for touchdowns were things of beauty. The first to get within a TD was 90 yards - the second to tie it was 98 yards - very impressive stuff. The offense finally found some groove today
3. How about that Eddie Royal - all he did was make tough catch after tough catch.
4. Maybe I missed it, but Peyton Hillis is still missing.
5. The second half that the defense put together was a thing of beauty. They go 3-and-out and we run into the punter. They go 3-and-out again and we get nailed for encroachment. so, they simply did all they knew how to do - yep, 3-and-out again. Sweet!
6. This team's ability to make adjustments at halftime is uncanny and has to represent at least major theme this year.
7. For whatever reason, Prater's kick-offs just didn't have the usual distance today - maybe it was the socks.
8. While the "wildcat" or whatever you want to call it seemed i bit gimmicky and didn't really produce any barn-burner plays, it gave the Pats just one more thing to think about. NE had take a number of timeouts this afternoon while on defense because the Bronco offense had 'em spinnin'. One of these days the lightbulb is going to go on for Moreno. Don't get me wrong, he runs hard and gets his yards, but he's not yet hitting the seams.
9. I don't know whether you could see it on television, but the cat and mouse game being played by both sides with respect to situational substitutions was very intriguing. The Denver D had a pod of players stationed about 10-15 yards inbounds from the sideline and would shuttle combinations of players (or fake it occasionally) in and out of the defense in response to various Patriot offensive personnel groupings. The head games were extraordinary today.
10. McDaniels penchant for attention to detail seems to have rubbed off on the organization. Not only were the cheerleaders decked out in period garb, but the flyover at the end of national anthem was done with old time propeller driven bombers and the video screens were in black-n-white with that rounded corner, old Philco TV look - very impressive. A very fun day!