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What Week 1 Told Us

The Broncos highs and lows in week one against the Jaguars may be a sign of things to come this season. The Broncos were able to move the ball well on their opening possesion but a holding penalty on rookie Zane Beadles who was replacing the injured Ryan Harris took away a crucial first down and took them out of field goal range as Beadles on the next play gave up a sack on 3rd down.

The broncos were again moving the well into the red zone in the second half when Correll Buckhalter fumbled the ball over to the Jaguars. The Broncos, who maybe have their least talented team in years, just can’t afford to shoot themselves in the foot when moving the ball so well.

The game was lost when DE Ryan McBean was called for two facemask penalties on the Jaguars last drive where they took the lead for good. On both penalties Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew was well within the grasp of other Broncos defenders and there was absolutley no need for McBean to grab the Jaguars star running backs facemask. Giving up 30 yards in penalties in the 4th quarter after the Broncos special teams finally were able to hold the Jaguars behind their own 20 yard line was the difference between winning and losing.

There were however some bright spots as well. Kyle Orton managed the game great and made some great reads and was able to spread the ball around. Eddie Royal was able to become a part of the offense again and we should expect Royal to continue that as it seems he has found his role in the offense. Brandon Loyd made some spectactular grabs and seems to be regaining his form as well. With the departure of Brandon Marshall, the trio of Loyd, Royal and Jabar Gaffney, who scored on a 10 yard reception just before the first half, is looking real good. Now it will give rookie sensation Demarius Thomas more time to acclimate himself into the mix.

On the defensive side, Robert Ayers was all over the field and made some impressive solo tackles and did not at all look lost as he did last year in his rookie campaign. The secondary showed signs of age and it is obvious the Broncos miss Elvis Dumerville as the pass rush was inconsistent, but the Broncos we able to make a big 4th down stop in the second half and were able to contain Jones-Drew.

Well Broncos fans, I believe this game will be a lot like our season. The Broncos will show signs that they are indeed on the right track to once again being a playoff team only to reveal that there is still a major rebuilding job yet to be done.

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