Broncos Report Card vs. Cowboys

Nobody has played the Cowboys rushing offense as tough as the Broncos did last week. Check out the Broncos Report Card for the game.

PASSING OFFENSE: B -- Kyle Orton doesn't always look pretty, but he usually ends with pretty good numbers. Orton was 20-for-29 for 243 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions despite misfiring on some early passes. Brandon Marshall is coming on. He had four catches for 91 yards, including a 51-yard score to win the game. The rest of Denver's wide receivers caught three balls for 24 yards combined.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B-minus -- The Broncos weren't dominant but effective. Correll Buckhalter had 37 yards on six carries before an ankle injury knocked him out. Knowshon Moreno had good moments, rushing for 65 yards and catching a touchdown pass, but he had a fumble and also couldn't get a yard on back-to-back short-yardage situations late in the third quarter.

PASS DEFENSE: B-plus -- Denver allowed three big plays -- two screen passes in the first half and a 53-yard catch and run by Sam Hurd on an improvised play by Tony Romo. Those three plays gained 107 yards. Romo's other 39 attempts picked up 148 yards. Romo also had a costly interception and a fumble on a sack that led to a Broncos touchdown. Champ Bailey batted away two passes on the final two defensive plays of the game to seal the win.

RUSH DEFENSE: A -- Nobody has played the Cowboys rushing offense this tough. Marion Barber had 41 yards on 11 carries, none longer than 9 yards. Tashard Choice had 33 yards on 14 carries, a tiny 2.4 yards per carry. Denver was aggressive and didn't back down from Dallas' physical line.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C -- The Broncos' coverage teams have been fine all year. Thanks in part to Matt Prater's excellence on kickoffs, they haven't allowed many long returns. However, Denver's own return game has lacked spark. Eddie Royal handled punts and Kenny McKinley returned kickoffs. Neither was poor, but neither was great either.

COACHING: B -- The Broncos' halftime adjustments were key. Denver came out and spread the field in the first half. Noticing that wouldn't work, the Broncos changed it up completely and ran their base offense with two tight ends. Denver outscored Dallas 10-0 in the fourth quarter with the new look. Defensively, the Broncos had a sound plan and did a fantastic job holding down a good offense.



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