PASSING OFFENSE: B -- QB Jay Cutler played pretty well again, especially when he led the Broncos on a game-tying drive in the final two minutes. But again, Cutler had a lot of yards (264) and Denver didn't score many points. The Broncos need to make some plays in the red zone. They scored on only one of four trips inside the 20 on Monday.
RUSHING OFFENSE: C -- Selvin Young started for Travis Henry, who had injured ribs and was inactive. Young played decently, picking up 71 yards on 18 carries. He had a 48-yard run taken off the board because of a holding penalty on Brandon Marshall. Young has shifty moves, but he still doesn't fit the Broncos style as well as Henry.
PASS DEFENSE: F -- Champ Bailey gave up a 79-yard touchdown pass early in the game, the first time in many games he has been beaten deep. But the big play of the game came later, when Dre' Bly was beat for an 82-yard touchdown by Greg Jennings on the first play of overtime. The Broncos' strength is their pass defense, but they let down against Green Bay. They gave up 331 yards and had no interceptions.
RUSH DEFENSE: D -- The Packers haven't been able to run the ball all season and lost starter DeShawn Wynn after one carry. So enter Ryan Grant, who had six carries this season. Grant had 104 yards on 22 carries against the Broncos' run defense, which has been bad most of this season.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B -- The Broncos had a 26-yard punt return, their longest of the year, from Glenn Martinez, Todd Sauerbrun had a good night punting and Jason Elam kicked yet another last-second field goal, this time to tie the game in regulation. The Broncos have also improved greatly in covering punts and kickoffs.
COACHING: C -- The Broncos didn't play poorly, but a few bad plays
were the difference. The coaches could be criticized for using a
bump-and-run coverage late in the game, which was exploited by Green Bay on an
82-yard touchdown pass, but the staff brought in cornerback Dre Bly to
hold up in man coverage. Also, the Broncos got unlucky on a flukish
fumble near the goal line when pulling guard Chris Kuper knocked the ball
out of Jay Cutler's hands. The Broncos probably played well enough to
win, but that won't help their 3-4 record.
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