Posted Sun Nov 11th by Jon Heath
Now that was a team victory.
The Denver Broncos (6-3) defeated the Carolina Panthers (2-7) by a score of 36-14 on Sunday, despite scoring only two offensive touchdowns.
Led by a defensive unit that recorded seven sacks, two interceptions and scored nine points, the Broncos’ offense was merely a compliment to their explosive special teams and defensive performance on Sunday afternoon in Charlotte. The offense and quarterback Peyton Manning were solid once again, as Manning went 27-of-38 for 301 yards and a score and rookie running back Ronnie Hillman added a five-yard score late in the game.
On the defensive side of the ball, outside linebacker Von Miller led the unit with six tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble, while limiting Carolina quarterback Cam Newton to just seven yards rushing. As promised, Miller performed Newton’s famed “Superman” celebration after taking down the second-year quarterback behind the line of scrimmage early in the game.
Meanwhile on special teams, kicking specialist Matt Prater and Britton Colquitt contributed by going 2-of-3 on field goal attempts and averaging 46.3 yards per punt, respectively. Second-year returner Trindon Holliday scored for the second time in two weeks, returning a punt for seventy-six yards for a score in the second quarter, beginning Denver’s thumping of Carolina.
While the game ended positively for Denver, who will take on the 4-4 Chargers at home next week in Denver, the Broncos did have a few alarming moments. Running back Willis McGahee, who rushed 14 times for 56 yards, fumbled twice, bringing his season total to five, which has to be frustrating for Denver’s coaching staff. Defensive end Elvis Dumervil also left the game with an apparent shoulder injury and did not return. While Robert Ayers played well in Dumervil’s absence (three tackles and a sack), Dumervil is not a player Denver’s defense can afford to lose.
It feels great to celebrate a Denver Broncos victory! Who gets your Game Ball this week? Let us know in the comments below!