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OVERALL GAME GRADE: C
The first half was atrocious. There is just no sidestepping that. Caleb Hanie looked erratic and the offensive line was very mediocre. The lone bright spot of the first half may have been the play of running back Knowshon Moreno who ran hard and finished the half with 49 yards on seven carries.
The second half was improved. Brock Osweiler led the offense on multiple drives and managed to put points on the board when they had to. Ronnie Hillman had another strong showing and finished the game with 14 carries for 68 yards. Third string quarterback Adam Weber led the game-winning drive by completing a 45-yard pass to wide receiver Greg Orton with under :20 seconds to play. Tight end Virgil Green, wide receiver Gerell Robinson, and running back Jeremiah Johnson all made plays that will make for some very tough decisions by the coaching staff.
Timeout by Denver and the Broncos will get a chance to win the game on a field-goal attempt by Matt Prater.
The offense takes over with only about :58 seconds left. Adam Weber will get a chance to get the win for the Broncos here. Weber goes deep and Greg Orton goes up and gets it. Big play by the Broncos offense for 45 yards to the Arizona 23-yard line.
Adam Weber is now in the game at quarterback with just under three minutes to play. With the score 13-10 Weber may not attempt a pass. Three straight handoffs and the Broncos will punt again.
Following the interception by the Denver defense the offense takes over at the Arizona 29-yard line. The offense fails to generate a first down and Matt Prater will attempt a field goal to give Denver the lead.
Osweiler scrambles to the one yard line on third and goal and Denver will attempt the field goal. That was a 94-yard drive for Osweiler and the offense.
Osweiler completes a pass to Gerell Robinson and once again the offense is moving. Osweiler hits another pass to Greg Orton and then Hillman picks up another first down. The Broncos are inside the Cardinals' 20.
With the offense backed up to its own five yard line, running back Ronnie Hillman cuts back, reverses his field and picks up 20 yards. Hillman can be a very nice change of pace back, he is shifty and elusive.
Caleb Hanie's night is done. Rookie Brock Osweiler will start the second half. Rookie running back Ronnie Hillman is now in the game behind Osweiler and he picks up the first third-down conversion of the night for Denver. Osweiler hits fellow rookie Gerell Robinson for a 15-yard gain and the Broncos are inside the Arizona 30-yard line. Osweiler locks onto his receiver and Cardinals defensive back Crezdon Butler reads his eyes and picks off the pass returning it 20 yards to the Arizona 35-yard line. And just like that the the best drive of the night for Denver is over.
The Denver offense gets a second chance after the defense causes a fumble. They will take over at the Arizona 29. Hanie is sacked on first down but hits Virgil Green to the eight yard line. Hanie overthrows Andre Caldwell on an end-zone fade. Hanie is then sacked and the first half clock runs out. Denver gets no points out of the possession.
Three minutes left in the first half and Hanie connects with tight end Virgil Green for 23 yards out to the Denver 41. Hanie runs 11 yards for a first down but is then sacked for a short loss. There's now 1:13 left in the first half. Hanie throws a deep-ball down the middle for Jason Hill but the pass is a little underthrown and batted away by the defender. On third down Hanie overthrows Lance Ball and it's another punt for Colquitt. The Broncos are 0-5 on third downs tonight.
Another good run by Knowshon Moreno as he goes outside on the left and picks up 17 yards. The Broncos are at midfield—by far their best field position of the night so far. The drive stalls after a holding penalty and another punt is upcoming. Kyle Orton thinks this offense is boring.
Hanie throws a quick screen to Greg Orton for a six-yard gain and then Moreno running hard picks up a first down. So no three and out this time at least. I have been a critic of Moreno but he is running as though his job is on the line...which it is. This drive will end again on a sack of Hanie. They will punt again.
Offensive line is looking strong up front and Knowshon Moreno is running hard to try to make this team.
Another three and out for this unit. Knowshon Moreno is running hard but to no avail.