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They walk out onto the field to play undefeated Green Bay Packers, and Shazaam, Peyton Manning is in charge of an offensive line that moves down the field into the red zone and scores. They put up 500 yards of offense — without batting an eyelash.
Their already powerful defense held Aaron Rodgers and his Green Bay Packers to 10 points — one touchdown and a Mason Crosby field goal. Denver beat them 29-10.
So folks, what happened? Peyton Manning walked back out onto the field Sunday night with his old offense and drove them on consecutive 80-yard strikes down the field to score. There was no hesitation in the red zone — they scored. Even Running back Ronnie Hillman, who consistently blew it at the goal line, scored touchdowns. AND, Demaryius Thomas did not drop a pass. Was it magic? Did they suddenly just get it all together? I don’t think so. The game went like this.
Both the Packers and the Broncos went to Punt Out City on their first possessions, and on their second possession Denver went 80 yards to score on a Ronnie Hillman touchdown. Manning threw a bullet to Demaryius Thomas at the 7 yard line, and there they were in the first quarter at 7-0.
In their second Hillman touchdown, he took it in on a 15-yard run put them at 14-0. A 50-yard field goal by Brandon McManus boosted them up to 17-0.
The Packers finally answered with a 10-play-80 yard drive to the Denver goal line with a touchdown by Eddie Lacy, who took it across from the 2 yard line to make the score 17-7.
At the end of the half Broncos went to punt out city and finished the half at 17-7.
The Packers came out for the third quarter and on a quarterback scramble got the ball to within field goal range, and Mason Crosby booted a 57-yard field goal to make the score 17-10. That was as far as they got for the rest of the game.
Broncos came out and posted another 80-yard drive with C.J. Anderson blazing across the goal line with a 28-yard run to make it 24-10. On their next score they got to within field goal range for Brandon McManus, who booted a 24-yard field goal to make it 27-10.
The Packers handed Denver a safety in the fourth quarter to make the final score 29-10.
The Broncos are undefeated at 7-0, and the Packers are now 6-1.
Broncos play the Indianapolis Colts next week. The Colts are 3-5 after being defeated by the Carolina Panthers 29-26 Monday night and being beat by the New Orleans Saints 27-21 Oct. 18, beating only the Titans, Jaguars and Texans.
Peyton Manning played for the Colts for 14 seasons between 1998 and 2011, winning three AFC championships, and one Super Bowl, in 2007.
After the Colts game the Broncos play the Kansas City Chiefs Nov. 15 in Denver. The Chiefs, who have bye next week, now are 3-5 after defeating the Detroit Lions Sunday and the Pittsburgh Steelers before that.
Going to be interesting to see which Broncos offensive line plays. Hmmmmm.
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