The first series of the 2011 season looked very familiar. The Broncos worked the ball down field, and got to the Cowboys 1-yard line in 13 plays. Fans were on the edge of their seats. Were the Broncos going to get six out of their first drive, or like so many times last year, were they going to have to settle for a field goal? Were they going to throw Tim Tebow in to pound the ball in?
After a 12-man in the huddle penalty, the Broncos were moved back to the 6-yard line, and certain options were taken away.
Matt Prater eventually jogged out onto the field and punched the ball through the uprights for 3 points.
Same story, different year, right? The Broncos struggled in the redzone last season, but don’t expect the same thing this year based on that one drive.
“The penalty knocked us back out of that situation. I think ordinarily we would have gone to bigger people and smashed it in there,” John Fox said. “Anytime you have a penalty like that, that changes what you do from the 6 to the 1.”
Kyle Orton said that with it being the first preseason game, you only have so many options in a situation like that.
“You come in with a very small package. We had a pretty light game plan going into this, but we probably would have come in with some different personnel,” Orton said.
“We would have loved to have punch it in down there. We’ll get down there next game and punch it in.”