All I can say about the Eagles game is WOW! The Broncos set the single game scoring record of 52 points that lasted for about 50 years. Too bad that couldn't be scored on Oakland, but another win is in the books. The game was a lot tighter than expected in the first half with Philly. I saw a lot of yards given up in the rushing department from LeSean McCoy and Michael Vick making some large gains, but when they got close, the defense tightened and only gave up 13 points. Thanks to a huge drop by Brent Celek on third down, the Eagles could only muster a field goal. Denver's offense had a great opening drive, a 3 and out, then another TD drive. Before the half, Knowshon Moreno had a bonehead mistake that put the offense out of field goal range. It was his only mistake as he averaged 6.5 yards a carry for the day. Fortunately with receiving the second half kickoff, the Broncos took more control of the game and blew open the game. Special teams were outstanding with Trindon Holiday's 105 yard TD in the first half. Steven Johnson's punt block and TD was the first since Ian Gold's punt block for a TD against the Raiders in 2000. Matt Prater nailed a 53 yarder to put the scoring record in the books. Peyton Manning was his surgical, record breaking self with four TDs, 16 for the season with no picks. The biggest part of this game is having no turnovers to talk about and minimal injuries in this game. The defense had a solid day and pinned their ears back once they extended the lead to force Vick to keep throwing the ball in the second half.
Now for the Broncos' next opponent, the Dallas Cowboys. The game will be played in AT&T Stadium, or what I call it Jerry's Palace of Hedonism. Denver will be entering the state of the art 100k seat stadium where punters run the risk of hitting the massive scoreboard that can be seen from Amarillo and fans can pay top dollar for drinks, food and parking. If you feel guilty for going to the game and you left your lady at home, you can pick her up something nice at the Victoria's Secret at the stadium during halftime.
We all know about the Cowboys and what they are capable of. Tony Romo leads the way and loves to get the ball to Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. Miles Austin is another threat, but did not play against San Diego. Dallas got out to a 21-10 lead and then gave up 20 unanswered points to the Chargers. Dez Bryant had two touchdowns early in the game and then nothing in the rest of the game. It seemed very similar to how things went when Dez Bryant carved up the Chiefs in the first half of their game and then Romo quit going to him. For the Chargers, Philip Rivers passed for 401 yards and 3 TDs on their defense. Antonio Gates made his presence known which shows me that Julius Thomas could have a massive game this Sunday. Mike McCoy had Rivers employ a hurry up and no huddle to wear down the Cowboys D. It looks like the same blueprint for Peyton Manning to follow this Sunday. For the defense, the Broncos have got to get pressure on Romo. While Romo has not been the most consistent player, he can pick a defense apart if given the time. DeMarco Murray is their main run threat and had some good gains on screen passes so Denver can't be overaggressive in the attack. Denver's run D has been very good at this point, but if they can keep Murray bottled up and get some hits on Romo, the Cowboys can be beaten. DRC will be expected to cover Bryant all day. We don't yet know if Champ Bailey will be ready to play or not, but we could use him if he is ready. This is the one game we could really use Von Miller and his pass rush since his suspension is not up yet. Shaun Phillips has been a huge addition and has not disappointed with the sacks he has collected. One spot that could be exploited on Denver's D by the Cowboys is the use of Jason Witten in the middle of the field. Danny Trevathan and the safeties will have to be on point with Witten, who is Romo's safety blanket when the pass play breaks down.
This again looks like a chance for a Broncos victory as long as they stay focused on their game plan, keep the mistakes to a minimum and get pressure on Tony Romo. I would love nothing more than seeing Jerry Jones in his sky box getting red-faced while the Broncos make his team look silly. That's all for now and GO BRONCOS!!!