Broncos Report Card vs Giants

Check out how the Broncos graded out against the New York Giants.

PASSING OFFENSE: B-plus - Kyle Orton was efficient and there was no sign of an ankle injury that kept him from starting four days earlier. Orton spread the ball around and had 245 yards passing. His receivers did a nice job, with Tony Scheffler having a solid game in a good matchup and Brandon Marshall making two highlight one-handed catches.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B - The Broncos were able to do something they hadn't for most of their four-game losing streak, and that's stick with the run. In previous games they fell behind and had to pass every down, but were able to run 40 times against the Giants. Knowshon Moreno had a nice game with 88 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown. He held onto the ball and is showing a lot of confidence. Correll Buckhalter chipped in 51 yards.

PASS DEFENSE: A - Eli Manning had 117 yards in the fourth quarter when the game was decided. In the first three quarters he had 113 yards as the Broncos did a good job blanketing Giants receivers Mario Manningham (two catches for 23 yards in the first three quarters) and Hakeem Nicks (one for six yards before the fourth quarter). Denver also had a good night getting pressure on Manning.

RUSH DEFENSE: A - Brandon Jacobs was stuffed all night. He had 27 yards on 11 carries and his longest gain was seven yards. The Broncos were physical with New York's line and swarmed to the ball all night. A forced fumble on a carry by backup Danny Ware was a turning point in the game.

SPECIAL TEAMS: A - Mitch Berger has punted very well in two straight games after a slow start to his Broncos career. Two of his three punts were stopped inside Denver's 20-yard line. Matt Prater also had a great night kicking, with four field goals and five touchbacks on his seven kickoff attempts.

COACHING: A - In a short week, off a very tough loss to San Diego, on a four-game losing streak, Josh McDaniels kept his team focused. They played hard and with a lot of emotion, and overwhelmed a Giants team that looked flat the entire game. At 7-4 the Broncos are still on San Diego's heels in the AFC West and definitely in the AFC playoff picture.



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