Cowboy Showdown 10/05/2009Posted by sportretort in NFL, Sports, Uncategorized.
Tags: brandon marshall, champ bailey, dallas cowboys, denver broncos, Josh mcdaniels, knowshon moreno, kyle orton, nfl football
Do you believe yet?
The Denver Broncos spotted the Dallas Cowboys a 10-0 first quarter lead, then rode a 51 yard catch and run by Brandon Marshall for a
touchdown with 1:46 left in the game to a 17-10 win. The Broncos now stand 4-0 at the one quarter mark of the NFL season. Denver came into the game undefeated, but getting little respect because their victories were over Cincinnati, Cleveland and Oakland, none of which are considered NFL elite. The Cowboys, so the conventional thinking was, would expose the defense that had allowed a league low 16 points in the first 3 games. In the early going, it looked like that is what was going to happen.
Dallas dominated the first quarter, mainly because their running game kept the clock moving. Running back Marion Barber pushed his way through several Broncos for a one yard touchdown run with 43 seconds left in the quarter. The extra point gave Dallas their 10- zip lead. It was to be the last point scored by the Cowboys. At that point, the Cowboys had run 23 plays to Denver’s 6. The defenses then took over the game, and it was a play by Denver’s defense that changed the game. On a third and 14 play, Broncos
strong safety Renaldo Hill blitzes Dallas quarter back Tony Romo. Romo never saw him, and Hill sacked him at the 17 yard line and forced a fumble. Denver linebacker D J Williams scooped up the ball and ran it to the 9. Denver wasted no time with the gift as Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton hit running back Knowshon Moreno with a swing pass on the first play after the fumble, and Moreno raced to the end zone for the score with 10:10 left in the half. While both defenses dominated, Denver’s offense began to gain the upper hand until, with 6:02 left in the forth quarter, Bronco kicker Matt Prater kicked a 28 yard field goal to tie the game at 10. The Cowboys managed to possess the ball for only 6 plays before they punted it back to the Broncos. On the first play after the two minute warning, the Broncos had the ball at their own 49 yard line. Orton, in the shotgun formation took the snap. Dallas came with a blitz, and Orton found wide receiver Brandon Marshall on a go route along the right sideline at about the 34. Marshall out jumped corner back Terence Newman for the ball, caught it and separated from him. He cut back towards the center of the field at about the 30. When he reached the near hash marks, Marshall found himself among 5 Dallas defenders. He stopped, reversed his direction, and out raced the Cowboys to the far sideline and the corner of the end zone. The touchdown gave the Broncos their first lead at 17-10. But the game was far from over.
On 4th and 3 from their own 27, Romo took the snap, avoided the rush, scrambled out to his left and some how found Sam Hurd at about the 40. Hurd caught the ball and raced all the way to the Broncos 21 yard line. The 53 yard gain set the Cowboys up deep in Denver territory with 59 ticks left on the clock. Three plays later, Romo hit Patrick Creighton, who lunged to the 3. With no time outs left, Romo spiked the ball to stop the clock with 9 seconds left, making it 3rd down and goal. Romo then tried to hit Hurd on two successive plays, but he was covered by future Hall of Famer Champ Baily who deflected both passes. Game over. Broncos win.
Denver’s defense was up to the task. They gave up 10 points, bringing their 4 game points allowed total to a paltry 26, by far the least in the
league. The Cowboys came into the game having rushed for over 200 yards in each of its previous 2 games. Denver held them to 74 total rushing yards. Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton was workman like again, completing 20 of 29 passes for 243 yards and 2 touchdowns. He has yet to throw an interception this season. So what is the reason to diminish the Broncos now? Poor competition? Home field advantage? Face it, the Broncos have been prepaired for each game so far. Their defense is light years ahead of last seasons verson. And they join the Colts as the only unbeaton teams in the AFC. It is time to give head coach Josh McDaniels credit. This is a good team.
It is time to suspend disbelief. These Broncos can play.