The start of the third quarter is under way and what a turnaround from last year’s Monday Night game against the Steelers.
The Broncos closed out the first half with a 17-3 lead, with many bright spots on both offense and defense.
With the help of Steeler penalties, the Broncos got their first touchdown less than 4 minutes into the game. Kyle Orton and the offense started at their 40-yard line and immediately put LenDale White to the test. The drive consisted of six run plays and two pass plays capped off by a White touchdown. Eddie Royal and Brandon Lloyd had 18-yard and a 10-yard catches, respectively.
That drive got the offense off to a great start and then it was the defense’s turn to put the hurt on Big Ben and Co. While Roethlisberger completed his first pass to Mike Wallace for a whopping 48-yard gain, he never had the chance to get going after that. He’s now a cheerleader on the sidelines after his 4-6, 67-yard performance.
The Broncos secondary has been absolutely incredible despite the absence of Champ Bailey and Brian Dawkins. Andre Goodman closed out the half on a pick-six, and rookie Perrish Cox also had an interception and a pass deflection. Goodman and Cox were 2nd and 3rd on the team in tackles with four each in the first half.
In the second half, keep an eye out on the key position battles that are going on. Go beyond the quarterbacks. Look at the offensive line, the running backs, and the special teams guys.
Enjoy the second half!
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