Defensively the first team did little or nothing to stop the Lions attack and over the first two-preseason games of 2010 has yet to force an opposing offense to punt – still, in six series of work they've only allowed one scoring touchdown, which is apparently encouraging Josh McDaniels.
"One of our worst situational plays last year was third down in the red area. We're not very good, we're one of the worst teams in football, and now for the second straight week, our people have gotten down in the red area and we've made stops and made them kick field goals which is the best we can do at that point."
Another bright spot on the "D" was Jarvis Moss, who's been virtually invisible since the Broncos dropped a number one draft pick on him in 2007. It was midway through the 3rd when Moss decided to use some of that 6'7 – 257 lbs. to muscle his way inside and nail Lions backup Shaun Hill, who did what any backup would do in that situation – he coughed it up. Nice to have him back on the radar.
Kyle Orton played out huge again, although he did most of it scrambling for his life thanks to an offensive line that gave it up more than an NBA groupie. Detroit's front four, which includes rookie Ndamukong Suh and nine-year vet Kyle Vanden Bosch, had a heyday forcing Orton into self-preservation mode – Final stats for the Broncos starter: 16 of 22 for 177-yards, 2 touchdowns, one interception and a 107.6 quarterback rating. Not bad for two quarters worth of work.
Helpful hint #743 - You might want to consider restructuring that life insurance policy with the current offensive line.
Not to be left out – Brady Quinn looked 100% better than he did in game one – but considering how pathetic last week was, that's not saying much. Orton's miles above the number two slot and it certainly wouldn't be shocking to find Tim Tebow settling in as the backup by the time Jacksonville rolled around. Wouldn't surprise me to see McDaniels carry three QB's on the active roster this year - judging what the offensive line has shown over the past two weeks – it might be advisable.
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