I thought the World Cup ended this summer. The Broncos and Jaguars have upheld the “foot” in football by combining for six first half punts. It’s been a half of field positioning, but late in the second quarter, the Jags and the Broncos scored touchdowns to even up the game at 7-7.
The Broncos opened the half by receiving the kickoff and moved the ball down field using a balanced offense. The first drive consisted of three pass plays and four run plays. Tim Tebow made his regular season debut on the third play of the game, taking the snap and running up the middle for a 1-yard gain. Since then, he has also lined up as a wide receiver. That first drive ended when Kyle Orton was sacked on 3rd and 11, and Britton Colquitt got his busy day started with a punt.
For a while, the game was as exciting, offensively, as watching grass grow. Defensively, the Broncos have been able to hold Maurice Jones-Drew to 43 yards on 10 carries. Coming into the game, stopping Jones-Drew was a major concern for the Broncos defense. David Garrard has performed well going 7-10 for 91 yards and a TD pass.
Kyle Orton has also had a solid first half going 13-18 for 195 yards and 1 TD. He needs some protection from the offensive line as he’s already been sacked twice. It’s great to see Eddie Royal being more involved in the offense. He’s got 5 catches for 78 yards. Brandon Lloyd helped the Broncos end the half on a positive note after a 41-yard catch that put the Broncos in the redzone. Kyle Orton took over from there and hooked up with Jabar Gaffney for the Broncos first touchdown of the year.
The Broncos may look to implement the 2-minute offense early on in the second half. Kyle Orton and Co. did very well with it to close out the first half.
Enjoy the rest of the game and check back here afterwards for a recap.
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