Denver Broncos Earn Highest Special Teams Grade Of Season In Win Over Carolina Panthers

November 12, 2012 9:20 AM

Denver Broncos Earn Highest Special Teams Grade Of Season In Win Over Carolina Panthers
By Rich Kurtzman

" The Broncos went into Carolina with a classic trap game awaiting them.

The Panthers were a poor 2-7, but they weren’t as bad as their record indicated and their three-headed rushing attack was something new for the Broncos’ defense to go against. Denver once again demonstrated they understood the importance of beating teams they should—ones with worse records—even if that means doing so on the road. When adversity hit the Broncos in the face, they punched back and fought through to win in dominant fashion Sunday afternoon to take a three-game lead over the AFC West.

(Credit, Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Offense overall: B-

Like earlier in the season, the offense started very slowly, going three-and-out on their first two drives.

The unit got it going soon thereafter though, as Peyton Manning hit Demaryius Thomas down the seam for 32 yards and then connected with Brandon Stokley for a touchdown a few plays later. It was Manning’s only touchdown of the day, but he still went over 300 yards passing. His fumble hurts the offense’s grade a bit "

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