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Fourht Quarter Game Grade: A
As in the previous slide, the offense finally delivered in the fourth quarter.
Unfortunately, it wasn't enough. The Broncos receivers and running backs did a lot in the fourth quarter to bring their team back into the game.
Even more impressive, the penalties almost disappeared. It's hard to credit any unit for lack of penalties with replacement officials destroying the integrity of the game, but the mistakes were suddenly gone in the fourth.
This bodes well for the Broncos in what is quickly turning into an unexpected rebuilding season.
Third Quarter Game Grade: D
The Denver Broncos haven't done a thing to get themselves closer to Houston on the scoreboard in the third quarter.
The running game has vanished, the passing game is constantly negated by penalties, and they've accumulated absolutely zero yards. This offense is about as stale as they can be. There may be no hope left or this team in this game.
As the quarter was ending, Eric Decker caught a very impresive pass near the sidelines and followed it with a decent gain down the center of the field.
Following Decker's second gain, the replacement officials missed another penalty as Decker was hit late after hitting the ground.
It's yet to be seen if Decker's play will mean anything during the final fifteen minutes.
Second Quarter Game Grade: C+
Peyton Manning's not the only one playing an average game today for the Denver Broncos.
The running game is stale, the receivers are missing their routes and getting pushed around at the line, and Houston's defense is having a field day running through the offensive line and disrupting plays.
This, like the first fifteen minutes, was an average quarter by what appears to be an average team.
First Quarter Game Grade: C+
The offense for the Denver Broncos has been somewhat lackluster so far.
Peyton Manning managed a big passing play to Eric Decker late in the first to give Denver a shot at a field goal from Matt Prater.
Willis McGahee has been effective as usual, but hasn't broke very far out of the backfield. Lance Ball has been in to relieve him multiple times already.