RUSHING OFFENSE: B-minus - The Broncos were once again solid but not spectacular running the ball. Selvin Young got a little more workload, which meant 11 carries for 65 yards. Michael Pittman has turned into a reliable goal-line and short-yardage runner. He scored his fourth touchdown on the season. As a team Denver had 105 yards on 24 attempts.
PASS DEFENSE: F - The Broncos barely slowed down a Saints passing offense that was without receiver Marques Colston. Drew Brees had 39 of 48 passes for 421 yards and a touchdown. Even after New Orleans fell behind 21-3, Brees got the Saints back in the game. Denver had no interceptions and Denver had only one sack.
RUSH DEFENSE: B - Reggie Bush gained 73 yards on 18 carries, but mostly the Broncos defense played well. They were especially good against Pierre Thomas in short-yardage situations. Thomas was stuffed on a fourth-and-goal at the one-yard line by Nate Webster and on a third-and-one late in the game by D.J. Williams. The Saints averaged only 3.5 yards per attempt.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B - The Broncos weren't burned by a long return, although their own return game has yet to break a huge play. Punter Brett Kern made up for a punt out of bounds after a safety with a clutch 56-yard punt in the final half minute that backed the Saints up.
COACHING: B - The Broncos need to shore up their pass defense, which is one reason two straight teams came back to give the Broncos a game after falling behind 21-3. But the offense has been rolling along, finding ways to get the ball to their playmakers. Denver hasn't been 3-0 since 2003, and virtually nobody expected this after last year's 7-9 disappointment.
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