Broncos vs. Packers: First Half Reactions and Analysis


Nov 1, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman (23) carries for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos take a 17-7 lead over the Green Bay Packers as the first half has ended at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. It appears the bye week has done wonders for the Broncos so far as the offense has scored two rushing touchdowns and the defense has done its job.

Let us take a look at the first half and I will give my takes on what has gone on so far in this game.

Ronnie Hillman scores two offensive touchdowns

The Broncos running game has found its light so far in this game. Earlier today, the news was broken that Ronnie Hillman would be the starter for the game tonight. If there is any indication that he was excited for the chance, he has proven it so far.

Hillman has completely cleared out of the doghouse from 2013 and has made his presence known. He has the Broncos two touchdowns so far in this game. This is exactly what we were looking for from the running game.

This is exactly what we were looking for when the team came away from the bye. The running game seems to have found its groove for the time being. Hopefully this is the start of something awesome for Hillman and Anderson as well.

Tight Ends getting involved in the offense

I wrote that the Broncos need to get Virgil Green involved in the offense during the bye week and early on that have done that, as well as Owen Daniels. Green has recorded 29 yards receiving on two receptions and Daniels also has gotten involved with the passing game with 44 yards on two receptions.

The Sunday Night crew noted that through the first six games of the season, the Broncos tight ends have recorded on average of 20.5 yards receiving. Tonight, they have recorded 73 yards on four receptions. Quite a turnaround.

It is important for this offense to get the tight ends more involved and it has shown so far in the game. Another new addition for the Broncos offense and we are liking it.

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Defense Holding Strong

With the Broncos offense flexing its muscle’s slightly, the Broncos defense has not had all the pressure on their shoulders, but they have still kept Aaron Rodgers and the Packers gang in check.

The Broncos defense kept the Packers offense out of their side of the field for every drive except the touchdown drive. And while there have been some questionable calls (ex. the roughing the passer call on David Bruton Jr.) the defense has had their way with the Packers. And the No Fly Zone has kept Rodgers to only 37 yards passing.

The Packers will be receiving the football to start the second half. Let’s Go Broncos!