Broncos v. Chargers Report Card

Check out how the Denver Broncos graded in their 20-17 win over the San Diego Chargers.

REPORT CARD VS. CHARGERS

PASSING OFFENSE: C
-- The Broncos didn't stretch the field much. Their longest pass play was 26 yards, but it was a short pass that Mike Anderson turned up field for a big gain. They did make a few plays passing the ball, which kept the team going. Jake Plummer had a tipped pass intercepted inside the 20-yard line.

RUSHING OFFENSE: D
-- Ron Dayne saved the Broncos running game late in the fourth quarter when he rushed for 38 yards on six carries. Mike Anderson, who played hurt, was ineffective before that. However, San Diego has a very good run defense and plays its best against Denver.

PASS DEFENSE: A
-- Drew Brees can't figure out the Broncos. He had 175 yards and didn't have a touchdown, and had only 65 yards passing after halftime. Champ Bailey picked off Brees for a game-changing interception and returned it for a touchdown to start the second half. Denver's pass rush awoke in the second half and had four sacks.

RUSH DEFENSE: A
-- LaDainian Tomlinson had two touchdowns, but he gained only 52 yards and averaged 2.7 yards per carry. In the second half, San Diego had only 16 rushing yards on 11 attempts. The Broncos swarmed the ball and allowed one carry of more than 12 yards -- a misdirection pitch play that Tomlinson picked up 16 yards and a touchdown on.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B
-- Darrent Williams had a 61-yard punt return touchdown brought back when the Broncos came on the field to celebrate too soon. But he still gained 37 yards on that return counting the penalty, and that play was a momentum changer for the Broncos. Todd Sauerbrun hasn't been that consistent on punts yet, but it hasn't hurt the Broncos.

COACHING: B
-- The Broncos took a chance with less than a minute remaining in the fourth quarter, going for it on fourth and 1 instead of kicking a 50-yard field goal. The gamble worked when Ron Dayne picked up 10 yards. Defensively, the Broncos bottled up San Diego. They still didn't move the ball very effectively on offense, however; the second straight week that has been the case.



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