Broncos v. Saints Report Card

The Broncos started the game right, with a 51-yard touchdown run by Reuben Droughns to start the game. The running game didn't do a whole lot in the second half, but Droughns still ended up with 166 yards, a number most backs in the league would be very excited about.

REPORT CARD VS. SAINTS

PASSING OFFENSE
B-plus
-- Jake Plummer managed the game well, not forcing any passes. He had two completions on his first two passes for 70 yards to Ashley Lelie, which put Denver in control of the game with a 14-0 lead. Plummer didn't throw any interceptions for the second straight week, and that is the most important statistic on a weekly basis for the Broncos.

RUSHING OFFENSE
B
-- The Broncos started the game right, with a 51-yard touchdown run by Reuben Droughns to start the game. The running game didn't do a whole lot in the second half, but Droughns still ended up with 166 yards, a number most backs in the league would be very excited about.

PASS DEFENSE
A-minus
-- The Broncos gave up plenty of passing yards, but that's because Aaron Brooks passed 60 times. Denver had consistent pressure on the quarterback and picked off three passes, although they did give up a 30-yard touchdown to Donte Stallworth after a missed tackle by cornerback Willie Middlebrooks.

RUSH DEFENSE
B-plus
-- The Saints had to ditch the running game early, but when Deuce McAllister did get the ball the Broncos were all over him. McAllister averaged only 3.2 yards on 13 carries, and Denver had many defenders around him every time he hit the hole. The Broncos missed few tackles against the Saints.

SPECIAL TEAMS
B
-- The Broncos didn't allow many long returns on special teams, but once again they didn't get any either. Denver did have a huge play, however, when Terry Pierce forced a fumble on a Michael Lewis kickoff return that led to a Broncos field goal.

COACHING
A
-- On the first play of the game, the Broncos used a quick count at the line because of things they saw on film from New Orleans. Sure enough, the Saints were still calling signals when the ball was snapped and Reuben Droughns ran by them for a 51-yard touchdown. The Broncos were well prepared, as shown by their 20-0 start in the first quarter.

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