Broncos Gameday

Denver drops it's second preseason contest of the year with a 16-6 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Check out our full game notes and statistics.


Denver Broncos vs. Buffalo Bills
Ralph Williams Stadium
GAME TIME
: 5:00 MST.

1st.

2nd.

3rd. 

4th.

Denver 0 6 6 6
Buffalo 3 10 10 16


Scoring Summary:
BUFFALO -
Rian Lindell, 31-yard field goal. DRIVE: 8-plays, 29-yards 
DENVER - Jason Elam, 34-yard field goal DRIVE: 15-Plays, 71-yards
BUFFALO - Willis McGahee, 1-yard run. DRIVE: 13-plays, 59-yards
DENVER - Jason Elam, 30-yard field goal DRIVE: 10-Plays, 68-yards
BUFFALO - Rian Lindell, 25-yard field goal. DRIVE: 16-plays, 82-yards 



Broncos Final Stats:  

Passing

CP/AT

YDS.

TD.

INT.

Plummer 3/11 40 0 2
Kanell 4/8 61 0 0
Mauck 6/9 51 0 0

 

Rushing

ATT

YDS.

TD.

LG.

Q. Griffin 9 44 0 12
G. Hearst 9 46 0 9
M. Anderson 1 3 0 3

 

Receiving

REC.

YDS.

TD.

LG.

J. Putzier 4 47 0 18
J. Weaver 1 35 0 35
D. Watts 2 30 0 23
B. Chamberlain 3 23 0 10
R. Droughns 1 13 0 13
C. Adams 1 6 0 6
G. Hearst 1 6 0 6
M. Anderson 1 3 0 3
T. Luke 1 3 0 3

 

Game Notes:
So far so bad, it's midway through the first quarter and Jake Plummer has already had two passes intercepted. Following Plummer's second interception the Bills drove  29-yards in 8-plays, opening up the scoring with a 31-yard Rian Lindell field goal. Willie Middlebrooks picked off a Drew Bledsoe pass on the Broncos 1-yard line, but the offense failed to capitalize and Denver went scoreless through the first quarter. END OF 1st. QTR.

Broncos finally get on the board in the second quarter as Jason Elam connects from 34-yards out to tie the game at 3-3. Although the first unit offense continues to struggle, they are beginning to get a little more comfortable. Defensively they are still giving up too many yards on passing plays, but have contained the run fairly effectively. 

Buffalo rebounds under second-string quarterback Travis Brown, who leads the team on a 59-yard drive, with Willis McGahee taking it in from the 1-yard line. The touchdown is the first career score for the rookie McGahee, who came off a serious knee injury during last year's Fiesta Bowl.

Under the direction of second string quarterback Danny Kanell, the Broncos move 68-yards in 10-plays but fail to score a touchdown. Jason Elam connects from 30-yards out for his second field goal of the game to draw the Broncos a little closer, Buffalo continues to lead 10-6 with under one minute left in the half. END OF 2nd. QTR.


1ST. HALF TEAM STATISTICS

TEAM STATS

BRONCOS

BILLS

RUSH YDS. 62 30
PASS YDS. 91 61
TURNOVERS 2 1
PENALTIES 2/21 2/10

 



Game Notes:
(cont.)
Both teams stalled on their initial drives of the second half as the defensive units for both teams thwarted any substantial drives. With most of the starting units on the sidelines, the game takes on more of a pick-up game atmosphere, as coaches begin the process of evaluating who will or will not eventually make the final roster.

Neither team was able to score during the third quarter, but Buffalo held a substantial time-of-possession advantage. END OF 3rd. QTR.

Despite a strong showing by the Broncos defense, Buffalo found the scoreboard again with a Rian Lindell 25-yard field goal, putting the Bills on top 13-6. The drive, which seemed like an eternity, covered 82-yards on 16-plays and lasted 11:21.

Just as the Broncos attempted a comeback drive, penalties surfaced again. A holding penalty negated a 28-yard completion from Kanell to Jeb Putzier which would have brought the Broncos into scoring position. The very next play saw Denver fall further back due to an illegal formation. On fourth and seven from the Bills 33-yard line, a Kanell to Darius Watts pass fell incomplete as the rookie was drilled by Buffalo defensive back Rashad Baker just as the ball touched his hands. Denver turned the ball back to Buffalo on downs with just under four minutes remaining in the game.

Buffalo rookie quarterback J.P. Losman provided one of the most spectacular play of the evening running a bootleg around the right end for a 26-yard gain. The play helped set up a 42-yard Rian Lindell field goal, giving Buffalo a commanding 16-6 lead with just over two minutes remaining in the game.

Broncos rookie quarterback Matt Mauck entered the game but was unable to mount a drive and Denver walks away with their second loss of the preseason, 16-6 to Buffalo. END OF 4TH. QTR.


FINAL TEAM STATISTICS

TEAM STATS

BRONCOS

BILLS

RUSH YDS. 93 147
PASS YDS. 182 123
TURNOVERS 2 2
PENALTIES 9/71 8/56

 


Injury Notes:
The defensive backfield took another hit when Linebacker Terry Pierce injured his right knee during the second quarter. The second-year veteran eft the field on a cart shortly into the second half. An MRI will be scheduled for Monday in Denver. First round draft pick D.J. Williams sustained a pinched nerve, but returned to play in the fourth quarter.

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