Broncos Perform On Offense, Defense, But Special Teams Fails Monday

October 16, 2012 9:20 AM

Broncos Perform On Offense, Defense, But Special Teams Fails Monday
By Rich Kurtzman

" The Broncos went into San Diego knowing a win would tie the teams up at 3-3, and a loss would move Denver two games behind the Chargers.

Denver started incredibly slowly. They couldn’t get into a rhythm offensively and the defense was getting worked on nearly every drive. Two special teams fumbles in the first quarter set the Chargers up with easy scores, and they took the 10-0 lead as a result. They pushed that lead to 24-0 at halftime, but the Broncos wouldn’t quit.

Denver, led by Peyton Manning, scored 35 unanswered points in the second half to win the game and take the AFC West lead. Here’s how they graded.

(Credit, Harry How/Getty Images)

Offense: B-

The offense was out of sync early and couldn’t find a rhythm. Peyton Manning and the offense finally started getting into a rhythm in the second quarter when they went into the no-huddle. He had a great checkdown to Willis McGahee that went for 25 yards and a first down on third but the drive stalled at midfield "

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