Denver Broncos - Escape Artists?

The Denver Broncos became the first team to win consecutive games on the final play since 2004 with a 23-20 win over Oakland in overtime. The Broncos play the Jacksonville Jaguars next, hoping for an easier day against them.

If nothing else, the Broncos have proven they can win close games.

Denver became the first team to win consecutive games on the final play since 2004 with a 23-20 win over Oakland in overtime. The Broncos play the Jaguars next, hoping for an easier day against them.

Denver won its first game when Jason Elam kicked a field goal as time expired. Denver let a 17-3 lead slip away against Oakland, but rallied to tie the game with just over two minutes remaining in regulation and won it in overtime.

"I really think our players don't like me and they're trying to kill me," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan joked after the game.

The Broncos are thrilled to escape each game with a win, but there are some concerns going forward. Their offense is gaining many yards but hasn't scored much. They have three touchdowns in two weeks and didn't get in the end zone after halftime against Oakland, despite a 441-yard day.

Elam missed his third field goal of the year, a touchdown to Brandon Marshall was taken off the board when Marshall was called for offensive pass interference and Denver was sacked for a safety after a holding call pushed them back to the 4-yard line.

"We had a couple long drives, obviously we didn't put many points on the scoreboard," Shanahan said.

Quarterback Jay Cutler has had moments of brilliance in his two starts this season, but has made some mistakes. He had two interceptions against Oakland, one of which was returned for a touchdown.

On the first interception, he said he misread the defense and didn't see linebacker Kirk Morrison, who was dropping into a zone. He shook off his second interception too. It was tipped at the line, intercepted by linebacker Thomas Howard and returned for a touchdown.

Cutler's demeanor rarely changes, which the Broncos like. He doesn't get nervous in pressure situations, and he doesn't dwell too long on his errors.

"You have to move on," Cutler said. "That pass deflection, there's nothing you can do about that."

Defensively, the Broncos have a few concerns. Pass defense, there's not much worry at all. Even with a 46-yard touchdown from Josh McCown to Jerry Porter, McCown had only 73 passing yards. Dre Bly was beat for a touchdown but bounced back for an interception in the final seconds of regulation.

"It happened, I stayed in it and we pulled out a win," Bly said.

The Broncos did allow too many rushing yards for the second straight week. LaMont Jordan had 159 yards on 25 carries. The Broncos have many new starters on defense and are still learning a new scheme.

All in all, the Broncos are happy to be working out some kinks while holding onto a 2-0 record.

"I'm pleased with the composure our guys kept," Shanahan said. "The composure to make plays when we had to make them -- that's a sign of a good football team."

PLAYER NOTES

--RB Travis Henry had 128 yards on 26 carries. He tweaked an ankle in the second half, but came back and had some big runs for Denver in overtime.

--WR Javon Walker had 101 yards on eight catches. He has had back-to-back 100-yard games and has quarterback Jay Cutler's confidence.

--CB Champ Bailey had his first interception of the season. Denver has allowed less than 100 yards passing in back-to-back weeks.

--RB Selvin Young had a 40-yard run on third down. He isn't playing much because Travis Henry is carrying most of the load, but the Broncos will use him in key situations.

--WR Brandon Stokley had three catches for 43 yards, including a huge reception for a first down on third-and-11 in the fourth quarter. Stokley is healthy and gives the Broncos a dangerous third receiver for the first time in a few years.


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