Guess what day it is? Guess what day it is? Hump day! That’s right it is Wednesday so here is my weekly Hump Day Hot Reads article. Whoop! Whoop!
The Broncos beat the Eagles 52-20 on Sunday to improve to 4-0. The 52 points they scored was a record for the most in a single game in Broncos history. Peyton Manning threw four more touchdowns and now has 16 touchdowns and no interceptions so far this season. Wes Welker has now caught at least one touchdown in each game this year. With a win like that, there was a lot to like, but here is what I liked, what I didn’t like, and what to look forward to next week.
What I Liked
Defense holding Eagles to field goals instead of touchdowns
The first half of the game the Eagles moved the ball very well against the Broncos defense, but only had 13 points to show for it at halftime. I was very happy that the Eagles had to settle for field goals rather than getting touchdowns. If the Eagles would have scored touchdowns in the first half rather than two field goals, the game would have been tied at 21 at halftime. The Broncos defense tightened up and played well in the 2nd half holding the Eagles to just 7 points, which came when the backups were in. I think defense played very well considering Von Miller and Champ Bailey were still out and how good the Eagles offense can be.
What I didn’t like
Moreno’s bonehead penalty at the end of the 1st half
There wasn’t much to complain about for Broncos fans on Sunday. The one thing that I really didn’t like was Knowshon Moreno‘s unnecessary roughness penalty at the end of the 1st half. His penalty cost the Broncos 15 yards and essentially killed the drive. The Broncos looked like they were going to tack on some more points at the end of the half before the penalty that backed them up and eventually took them out of field goal range. Obviously, in the scheme of things in didn’t affect the outcome of the game but if something like that happens again in the future, in a close game, it could cost the Broncos a win.
Broncos at Cowboys
The Broncos travel to Dallas on Sunday to take on the Cowboys to try and improve to 5-0. The Broncos will bust out their blue jerseys for the first time this season. This will be a stiff road test for the Broncos who have played 3 of their first 4 games at home. The Cowboys main weapons on offense are DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant. Jason Witten will be an X-factor for Dallas on offense and will test the coverage skills of the Broncos outside linebackers. On the defensive side of the ball the Broncos will need to make sure they know where DeMarcus Ware is at all times. Tackles Chris Clark and Orlando Franklin will get tested and they will need to give Manning enough time in the pocket if they want to have success and leave the Lone Star state with a win.
The Broncos will travel to take on the Cowboys at 3:25 p.m. Central time on Sunday.