Well, it was another rough weekend for the 2009 Broncos - and for several reasons, this was the worst. For the first time, the Broncos lost to an inferior team and struggled all day long to stop the run. (Me, I wasn't worried about Ladell Betts beating us. Apparently, the Broncos felt the same way...) Kyle Orton injured his ankle at the end of the first half, and Chris Simms was unable to make accurate throws or move the offense. In a stunning example of being out-coached, the Broncos' special teams allowed a fake-FG touchdown on 4th and 20, despite having seen the look prior to a Washington timeout. Personally, I was shocked to see Simms try to go deep on play action and throw a killer 4th-quarter interception. With Albert Haynesworth having just left with a leg injury and Simms already looking like a guy who hadn't gotten reps in a long time, I figured the Broncos would just run the ball for the rest of the game and go ball-control for the win. Yes, it sounds great to be aggressive and try to catch the defense playing the run, but with a backup QB who is already struggling? To me, that was where the Broncos lost the game. Knowshon had been running well, the score was tied, and Denver had great field position (just past midfield). Ugh. Well, Sunday brings the streaking Chargers in a showdown for the AFC West lead. Heal up, Kyle - although many didn't realize it before yesterday, we need you...
DPP - Bye week break means bye-bye to early success
"In addition to Kyle Orton (ankle), defensive end Kenny Peterson (leg) and linebacker D.J. Williams (neck) briefly left the game, but returned. Both will be evaluated today."
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