Broncos First Half: Week 4 Reactions and Analysis


Oct 4, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) looks to pass the ball during the first half against the Minnesota Vikings at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos lead the Minnesota Vikings 13-10 at the half. The game has been a defensive battle with only a couple huge plays so far in the game. Let us take a look at the key points from the first half.

Ronnie Hillman breaks out for a 72 yard touchdown

The biggest play so far of the game resulted in the first touchdown of the game. Ronnie Hillman, on his first touch of the game, ran to the left and followed an Owen Daniels block and was off to the races. The running back exploded for 72 yards for a Broncos touchdown. It was the longest play of the season for the Broncos.

It was nice to see the running game get something going for them. Minus that one run though, the Broncos have yet to establish any consistency in the run game. But perhaps this could have been the spark that the team needs to get something going.

I am very intrigued to see if the Broncos decide to go with Ronnie Hillman to start the second half. With C.J. Anderson struggling, perhaps a change of pace is needed. But of course, it is not my call to make.

Peyton Manning throws late interception

With the Denver Broncos driving to extend their lead, Peyton Manning was intercepted by Anthony Barr. This marks the fourth straight game that the signal caller has thrown an interception. Luckily, it did not result in a pick six, but it did result in a touchdown to cut the Broncos lead down to three points.

I am not certain if Peyton Manning was under pressure, but it was deflating to see a possible two or three score lead dwindle to a three point lead. The Vikings now enter the second half with the momentum.

Brandon McManus is still perfect with two made field goals

In the league in which place kickers have struggled, it is a good thing that Brandon McManus has been solid for the Broncos this season. He converted on two field goals to move him to eight field goals out of eight on the season.

A lot of people were doubting him when he won the kicking job over Connor Barth. But it appears for the time being, he has done the job needed. Not once in his eight attempts was their any doubt of him making the field goal. Keep it up Brandon McManus.

The Broncos will receive the ball to start the second half. Go Broncos!

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