Posted Tue Nov 10th by Monty
Broncos 10, Steelers 28. Alright, gentlemen, who ya got?
Dud: Coaching Staff/Inability to make the right half-time adjustments
What concerned me the most out of this game was not Ben Hamilton’s continued struggles, or Kyle Orton’s under-pressure interceptions or even our lack of a running game… It was the stark difference between our half-time adjustments and the Steeler’s adjustments. In the first half we completely dominated all the stats (except score). Most important, we had Time of Posession., 3rd Down Conversions and Offensive Yardage by more than double the Steelers. However, after the ‘NFL’s Fastest 3 Minutes’ the tables turned and it was the Steelers that completely dominated the last two quarters of the game. They whipped us in all three of the above categories and that killed our chance to stay 2 games ahead of the Chargers. So, I feel like the must egregious dud this week is our coaching staff’s inability to make the proper adjustments at half-time. – Jonathan Douglas
Stud: Brandon Marshall
You want a stud? I can easily give you two. Brandon Marshall is my first choice (and the guy who plays across from him is my other choice). 9 catches for 112 yards in a game where we scored only 3 offensive points? (And yes, those points did smell kind of offensive). The old Brandon is back in a big way. He catches the ball and he makes space. His route running still isn’t fantastic, but he and Orton have developed a pretty good rapport, and he’s got skills. I was a little worried that he’d gotten a little overrated, last year, because of Jay Cutler’s willingness to make throws he probably shouldn’t have that would result in receptions. But Marshall tore up the field tonight. But we needed more than that — particularly from the running game — to keep the offense moving. – E. Halsey Miles
Dud: Mitch Berger
I want Brett Kern back. Kern’s punts may have been easy to return but at least he didn’t look like a freaking statue in the backfield. How many punts has Berger almost had blocked in his first two games? Berger’s brillance also produced two punts shorter than 30 yards. Say what you want about Kern but he was young and had potential, Berger’s flame is flickering. – Mr. East
Stud: Wesley Woodyard
As ugly as the final score of this game looks, I still have to give a lot of credit to our defense all the way around. Those guys played with heart and kept this game a lot closer than it looks up in lights. You can’t pitch a shutout when your offense can’t get past midfield. With that said, my stud is Wesley Woodyard. He stepped up and played like a starter should tonight. 6 tackles and 1 assist. Doesn’t really say much does it? But each and every one of those tackles were in your face shut down plays. But what really impressed me was his coverage over the tight end. Wesley’s past experience as a safety showed in his pass defense skills. By keeping Heath Miller under wraps for all but one play it allowed Denver to bring pressure from all of the other linebacker positions. Something this defense can build on. – Josh Temple
Dud: Knowshon Moreno
This is being submitted with 6 minutes left in the 4th Q of the game, but guess what, there’s no chance we’re winning. And if we do, and I am stupid, good, I don’t mind looking stupid. Kno-Mo was sad. He was awful. The entire running game was. Kyle wasn’t great, but a one dimensional offense isn’t great. Knowshon didn’t display the toughness we needed against Pittsburgh, neither in the running game or in pass protection, and his weakness cost the Broncos dearly. – J. Kenneth K.
Stud: Kenny Peterson
I’ve been riding the Kenny Peterson bandwagon for awhile now, and have been convinced he was our best defensive lineman since training camp. Last night, KP proved me right. For some reason — and if time allots, I’d like to devote an article wholly to this phenomena — Elvis Dumervil played very little in the second half last night. Peterson was a source of consistent pressure against the Steelers’ left tackle and forced the fumble on Big Ben that was returned for a touchdown. If you watched the drive, you could see it coming, too — Peterson was getting good push there. The Broncos needed a more complete pass rush to beat Big Ben — they needed more Doom and company — but Kenny did his part. – Kyle
Dud: Offensive Line
The Offensive Line should just be given the whole “dud” award. No running lanes, relatively poor pass protection. Just god awful. – Christopher D. Hart
Your studs and duds in the comments.