The Denver Broncos are making it look easy.
Denver seemed in control all afternoon against the New York Giants on Sunday and breezed to a 41-23 victory despite another sluggish first half. The Broncos sit at 2-0 and are tied for first in the AFC West.
Here are some thoughts on the big win over the Giants:
- Peyton Manning continues to make his case for the NFL MVP award. It’s still early, but 769 yards with 9 touchdowns, no interceptions, and a QB rating of 131.0 after 2 weeks is almost unbelievable. We’ve never seen a quarterback play in Denver as efficiently as Manning is right now. Make sure you take a minute and appreciate the fact he plays for your team.
- The Broncos have already rattled off 90 points this season and have a point differential of 40, both the best in the league by far. If the offense maintains this breakneck pace they will set a bunch of records.
- Knowshon Moreno was huge yesterday. He finished with 93-yards rushing and an average of 7.2 yards. Moreno isn’t going to hand the reins over to the young guns just yet, especially if they keep having issues holding onto the ball.
- Outside of Manning, Denver only had one other 100-yard performer, and that player was Trindon Holliday. Yes, he makes Broncos Country hold their collective breath about 5 times a game, but when he gets going he’s almost impossible to stop. He had 155 return yards on Sunday including an 81-yard punt return touchdown that broke the Giants’ back.
- The Broncos gave up 132 yards on 13 penalties, didn’t have a 100-yard receiver or running back, and didn’t win the time of possession yet scored 41 points and won by 18. That tells me this is a pretty complete team. They have to clean up those penalties though, especially on the road.
- The defense dominated by forcing 4 turnovers and holding New York to 1 for 11 on 3rd down conversions, all without the services of the 2 best defenders on the team. The way the defense has responded to adversity has been amazing to watch.
- I’ll give defensive player of the game honors to LB Danny Trevathan. 10 tackles, a sack, and a couple of big time hits on running backs. He bounced back nicely from his fumble against the Ravens and looks like he will be a consistent contributor this season.
- Wes Welker and Julius Thomas are touchdown makers. You know something good is probably going to happen when the ball goes their way.
- The only bad news from yesterday is that tackle Ryan Clady injured his foot and will be out a few weeks. Luckily it doesn’t sound serious but Denver will miss him. The good thing is that Backup Chris Clark is experienced and should be just fine filling in, plus the schedule eases up a bit over the next few weeks. As long as Manning stays healthy Denver will be able to overcome minor injuries like this. Hopefully they don’t have to deal with too many of them.
- Next up for Denver is a Monday Night Football matchup against the Oakland Raiders at Mile High. It’s always a good night when Denver is in the national TV spotlight, and it’s even better when they can whip the Raiders while they’re at it. Go Broncos!