Posted Sun Oct 4th by Monty
Any doubters still questioning whether the Denver Broncos are “for real” were definitively silenced Sunday as Brandon Marshall‘s 51-yard scamper and the defense’s goal line stand in the 4th quarter put them over the Dallas Cowboys, 17-10.
As the Broncos lined up against the Cowboys, their backs to the end zone with seconds left, it was up to the defense to win the game or suffer overtime. The defense, like it had the entire game, delivered. Three shots at the goal line were denied, Denver held on to its seven-point lead and the 2009 Broncos improved to 4-0 on the season.
It was the nail in the coffin the defense had built the entire game, sacking Tony Romo five times and snagging two takeaways.
Brandon Marshall‘s huge 51-yard play, mostly after the catch, gave the Broncos their first and final lead of the game in the final minutes of the 4th quarter.
The Cowboys, who came boasting a talented offenses featuring the likes of Tony Romo, Jason Witten and Marion Barber, were left believers. Perhaps daring Denver to prove their defense was legit, the Cowboys tested the defense several times over. They threw in cornerback Champ Bailey‘s direction, a general NFL no-no, and found some early success.
They would pay for it later, though. Bailey had an athletic interception in the first half and made the game-winning play on fourth down to put the Cowboys to bed. The defense shined, and won the game today.
They needed to. Kyle Orton and company had trouble finding a rhythm offensively. The Broncos only rushed five times in the first half, where Jabar Gaffney and Eddie Royal were the only wide receivers with receptions, one apiece.
They picked it up in the second half, but still couldn’t find the end zone in the third quarter. Trailing 10-0 since the first quarter, the Broncos needed to score points eventually. Drive after drive were being thumped by the defense, but the offense wasn’t matching the productivity.
They did their part in the fourth quarter. Marshall’s huge play matched an earlier touchdown drive, and the Broncos showed what many had wondered: they could come back from behind for a victory.
They move to 4-0 and maintain their stranglehold on the division lead in the AFC West as the 2-1 San Diego Chargers face a desperate Pittsburgh in Sunday night action.
And yes, Broncos Country, they’re 4-0. As tough as this schedule is, it’s time to start thinking about playoffs.