Kyle Orton got his mojo started a little bit too late but he and the Broncos' offense can say that they left it ALL on the field Sunday. Brandon Marshall caught 21 passes for 200 yards and 2 touchdowns setting an NFL record and a team record. Knowshon Moreno had some big plays at crucial points amassing 23 carries, 63 yards and 3 catches for 13 yards. Orton looked like he had improved his game tremendously EXCEPT for the interception he threw at the goalline.
D.J. Williams had an phenomenal day dishing out punishment all over the field. Brian Dawkins had a decent game including an inception of Peyton Manning but was beat badly by Dallas Clark on a pivotal 4th down. Elvis Dumervil had a difficult time avoiding the constant double teams. Vonnie Holliday and Kenny Peterson did a good job of applying pressure but Jeff Saturday and the rest of the Colts offensive line held when it counted.
Jacob Lacey and Kelvin Hayden had a terrible time trying to stop Brandon Marshall. Clint Session doled out his own form of punishment and was seemingly unimpressed by Denver's efforts in postgame interviews, "they lost," he said. Hopefully, the Broncos will take what they learned today, especially Orton, and apply it to the Eagles, Raiders and Chiefs to ensure a playoff birth.
I was personally impressed by the Broncos defense who gave Orton a few extra chances to make a comeback. Champ Bailey covered Reggie Wayne very well but ultimately slipped Bailey's coverage on Indy's last drive of the game. Andre Goodman played very well covering Pierre Garcon and getting an interception on the day. Our offense looks like a ferocious monster as soon as they get warmed up. We'll see if the Broncos can get fired up early for the rest of the season and keep up their intensity.