Broncos Update Insider - 11/29

One win was all the Broncos needed to feel a lot better about themselves. Denver turned around its four-game losing streak with a 26-6 win against the New York Giants.

Now the Broncos are 7-4 - with two games left against Kansas City and one at home against Oakland - and appear to be in a good position to make a run for a wild-card spot in the AFC at least, with a chance to catch the Chargers in the division.

"You want to put yourself in a position by Thanksgiving to compete to make the playoffs," Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said. "That's what we hopefully have done."

The Broncos have been tough to figure out all season, and it was tough to predict such a dominant performance against the Giants. New York did have to travel west on a short week, and it showed. The Broncos simply had more energy and played with more emotion in the rout.

A key for the Broncos was playing better on defense. This time, they didn't wear down in the second half, in large part because the running game was effective and helped Denver win the time of possession by 11 minutes.

"I know that we have been on the flip side of that now for a few weeks, where we've had very small time-of-possession, and then we fall out of the running game as the game goes on," McDaniels said. "We knew that they had dominated time of possession a lot through the course of the season. If we allowed them to control and maintain possession, we knew it could be a problem."

NOTES, QUOTES

--Receiver Brandon Marshall thrilled the crowd and even his teammates with two sensational catches. His first came in the second quarter on a one-handed grab over Giants cornerback Corey Webster, and he had a juggling one-handed catch against Webster in the second half.

"He said I was going to see 'The Beast' tonight," Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said. "I guess that's what he meant."

-- Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton came out of Thursday's game no worse off after being sacked only once. He still is dealing with a left ankle injury but it is improving and he looked fine against the Giants.

"I probably feel about as good as everybody else does," Orton said.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

PLAYER NOTES

--RB Knowshon Moreno left Thursday's game with what appeared to be a hand injury, but he did come back in the game late. There didn't seem to be much concern about his injury after the game.

--WR Eddie Royal suffered a thigh injury against the Giants and didn't play in the second half. He has a few extra days to recover before the Broncos play Kansas City in Week 13.

--OT Ryan Harris was inactive for Thursday's game but could return for Denver's next game. He has a few more days to get ready. He has missed four games with a toe injury.

--LB Elvis Dumervil added two sacks against the Giants, increasing his league lead to 14 this season. He is on pace for 20.5 sacks this season, which puts him just short of Michael Strahan's single-season record of 22.5.

--LB Robert Ayers was active after being a healthy scratch last week. The first-round pick resumed his role as outside linebacker in passing situations. Jarvis Moss, who played in that spot last week, was deactivated.



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