The Denver Broncos took the opening kickoff from the Dallas Cowboys with all of the momentum and had not been stopped at all in the first half. The Broncos outgained the Cowboys 246-97 in that first half.
Trevor Siemian and the Broncos offense was nearly held to their first punt, but on third and six they handed off to C.J. Anderson who ran it up the middle for the first down. The drive took off from there as the Broncos again found themselves on the Cowboys side of the 50.
After a holding call on Ronald Leary, the Broncos drive looked like it was going to stall. However, a nifty 9-yard run from Jamaal Charles and then a short pass to Anderson was broken for a first down. The one-two punch of Anderson-Charles is a good one.
Rookie left tackle Garett Bolles went down with a leg injury that required a cart. After the injury timeout, the Broncos kept the drive going as Siemian threw his fourth touchdown pass of the game - this one to Virgil Green.
Broncos 28, Cowboys 10.
Ezekiel Elliot took his first run of the half and lost all of the rushing yards he had in the game as Derek Wolfe dropped him for a five yard loss. Then a complete bullshit call for roughing the passer on Von Miller, helped the Cowboys get their drive back on track.
Instead, the No Fly Zone answered that with a Chris Harris Jr. interception and big time return down to the Cowboys 23-yard line.
✈️#DALvsDEN pic.twitter.com/EAilyuV3Z9— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) September 17, 2017
Then Anderson continued to have his day to turn this game into a route as he burst through the hole for a 23-yard touchdown run.
Broncos 35, Cowboys 10.
C.J. Anderson: 17 carries, 92 yards, 1 TD— Ryan Koenigsberg (@RyanKoenigsberg) September 17, 2017
3 catches, 36 yards, 1 TD.
Ezekiel Elliott: 5 carries, 0 yards.
2 catches, 3 yards.
Aqib Talib nearly had an interception on the next drive, but Dez Bryant did just enough to stop it from happening. It didn’t matter, the Broncos defense had their ears pinned protecting such a large lead.
On a fourth down and four attempt from their own 44-yard line, Prescott hit Bryant on a crossing route for a first down just past midfield. Four plays later, Von Miller finally got to Prescott and this time on fourth down. Miller forced an errant throw and the Broncos took over on downs.
Unfortunately, Siemian overthrew Thomas on the next play and the pass was intercepted.
The quarter ended with the Cowboys driving.