Denver Broncos

Eagles vs. Broncos: Live Game Grades and Analysis for Denver

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 23:  Left guard Zane Beadles #68 of the Denver Broncos and left tackle Chris Clark #75 of the Denver Broncos prepare to defend the blind side of quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos as they face the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 23, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 37-21.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Travis WakemanCorrespondent IISeptember 29, 2013

Final

Eagles: 20

Broncos: 52

The Denver Broncos just keep on rolling following a 52-20 thumping of the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Broncos had 35 first downs and 472 yards of total offense. The team is off to an excellent start and the offense is on its way to being one of the most prolific in NFL history.

The win moves the Broncos to 4-0 on the year and the 179 points they've scored is the second-most through four games in NFL history.

The Broncos will go on the road to take on the Dallas Cowboys (2-2).

Final Analysis

Passing Offense: Peyton Manning really couldn't be any better than he has been this season. He finished 28-of-34 passing in this game with 371 yards and four touchdowns. He did that while sitting out most of the fourth quarter. He has 16 touchdowns and has yet to throw an interception on the season.

Passing Defense: The Broncos played an excellent second half and Michael Vick was able to complete just over 50 percent of his passes. Playing without Champ Bailey again, the defense allowed just seven receptions to Philadelphia wide receivers.

Rushing Offense: As they have done a few times this season, the Broncos got a big lead and relied on the running game late. Knowshon Moreno, Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball combined to run for 138 yards on 31 carries.

Rushing Defense: The Eagles were able to churn out 166 yards on the ground, but Denver was in control of this game throughout. Most of the Eagles' rushing yardage was meaningless.

Special Teams: The Broncos got a big play from their special teams in the first half and they got another one in the second half. Steven Johnson scooped up a blocked punt and ran it 17 yards for a touchdown. This was the first time Denver scored a touchdown off a blocked punt in nearly 13 years.

Coaching: As they have done each game this season, the Broncos made excellent halftime adjustments and looked like an even more dominant team in the second half. This coaching staff is doing a fabulous job.

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 23:  Defensive linemen Terrance Knighton #94, Shaun Phillips #90 and Kevin Vickerson #99 of the Denver Broncos prepare to face the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 23, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.  (P
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First-Half Analysis

Passing Offense: Peyton Manning has looked excellent in the first half of this game and Philadelphia can do little to stop him. He has taken advantage of the generous cushion the Philadelphia secondary is allowing his receivers, throwing for 169 yards.

Passing Defense: Michael Vick has passed for 170 yards in the first half, most of which coming on screen passes to his running backs. Both LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown had big gains on receptions.

Rushing Offense: The Broncos have ran 12 times for 48 yards in the first half, using Knowshon Moreno and Ronnie Hillman. Moreno is averaging 5.5 yards per carry and he scored a 4-yard touchdown.

Rushing Defense: Part of Philadelphia's game plan was likely to control time of possession, making their rushing attack a key. They have over 100 yards rushing in the first half, 40 of which have come from Vick.

Special Teams: What more can be said about Trindon Holliday? He is easily one of the most explosive players in the NFL and he proved that with his 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. With this weapon on special teams, Denver could be close to unbeatable.

Coaching: A personal foul on Moreno just before halftime likely cost the Broncos points. The coaching staff should consider sending a message by benching him for the rest of this one. On defense, the team needs to do a better job locating the running back on passing plays.

 

 

 

 

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