There is a lot to be optimistic about in Denver right now. New coach Josh McDaniels has already turned this team into a playoff favorite and completely turned the defense around. Denver's defensive unit was one of the worst in the league last year, yet this year is the #1 defense in the entire league in terms of points against.
This last week against New England the defense continued to shine, allowing zero second half points for the 4th straight week. However, the real story of the game was Kyle Orton and the play of the Denver offense. Orton was named AFC player of the week for his excellent 4th Quarter 98 yard TD drive to send the game into OT. Orton then marched Denver down the field at the beginning of Overtime to set Matt Prater up for the game winning FG.
The New England game revealed a lot of positive signs for this Denver offense, as well as continued signs of dominance by the Bronco defense. Josh McDaniels started out the game with a little gamesmanship, running the Wildcat offense with Knowshon Moreno. Yes the same Wildcat that Miami unveiled last year in a dominating win against the Patriots. The Wildcat was very successful and required Bill Belichik to call timeout and regroup. Its yet to be seen if this was a one week strategy or if the Wildcat is here to stay in Denver. Brandon Marshall continued his climb back into the top tier of WRs in the NFL, and Eddie Royal gave a performance reminiscent of his breakout rookie year. Marshall had two big TD grabs, one requiring him to break several tackles on his way to the endzone. Royal, on the other hand, had 10 catches and 90 yards. If Orton, Royal, and Marshall can continue this type of play this Denver offense could be just as formidable as the defense.
The Broncos look forward to a Monday night meeting with their only real threat in the AFC West Division, the San Diego Chargers.