The Denver Broncos have perfected the art of winning the hard way. We saw them snatch victory from the jaws of defeat time and time again on their way to winning Super Bowl 50.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1719434-get-si-subscription-with-... Although the complexion has been different, that trend has continued for the 2016 Broncos.
Needing a win badly before their bye next week, the Broncos traveled to the Superdome and took down the New Orleans Saints 25-23 on Sunday. Although I wouldn't go so far as to call it a redemptive win, it marked improvement in several key areas.
The Broncos entered Week 10 leading the league in three-&-outs, but did not have one series in New Orleans where the offense left the field after three plays without points — not counting Trevor Siemian's two interceptions. .
The Broncos rushing attack had languished since C.J. Anderson was put on injured reserve a couple weeks ago. Although it was far from dominant, the Broncos tallied 103 rushing yards, led by Devontae Booker's 76 on 24 carries.
The Broncos entered Week 10 with the No. 29 rushing defense, relinquishing an average of 128.6 per game. They held the Saints to just 80 yards on the ground, on 21 carries.
Time Of Possession
Last week, the Broncos offense couldn't stay on the field, allowing Oakland to rack up 41:28 in time of possession. Denver flipped the TOP battle on its ear in New Orleans, possessing the ball for 39:22, which kept their defense fresh.
The Broncos entered Week 10 having won a franchise record 27-consecutive games when winning the turnover battle. That streak continued in New Orleans, as the Broncos took the ball away four times, while giving it away twice.
Ultimately, the Broncos dug deep and found a way to win — this time in a most unlikely way. GM John Elway's draft acumen paid off in spades in New Orleans, as rookie safety tandem Justin Simmons and Will Parks combined on the key play of the game.
After Drew Brees tied the game on a 32-yard touchdown strike to Brandin Cooks with 1:22 left in the fourth quarter, the extra point would have given New Orleans the lead. However, Simmons leaped over the long-snapper and blocked the kick, which was scooped up by Parks and returned to pay-dirt to give the Broncos two more points and the victory.
You never know who the hero of the game is going to be on a weekly basis for the Broncos. Denver's win in New Orleans epitomized a collective will to win and complimentary football.
The Broncos won the hard way in the Big Easy.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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