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Peyton Manning: What QB and Offense Must Do to Improve After Loss to Patriots

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 7:   Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos reacts after his team fumbled in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Justin WeltonAnalyst IIOctober 8, 2012

Denver's offense was awful through 43 minutes of Sunday's game at New England. It couldn't put points on the board against one of the league's shakiest pass defenses with one of the best quarterbacks ever under center.

But, the last 15 minutes was what we would expect. The Broncos moved the ball with proficiency and put points on the board. 

Why can't they do that all the time? That's the million-dollar question. Here are some things to improve upon following their loss to New England:   

 

Increase tempo with no-huddle

More no-huddle offense with Manning moving quicker in the play clock would be a wise idea. Manning has made a living by changing the play at the line of scrimmage after surveying the defense.

While he still does this, he hasn't been as aggressive as he should. On an offense that lacks weapons, Manning needs to increase the tempo by being more aggressive downfield.

 

Utilize Brandon Stokley

Stokley has only caught 15 passes this season. He was only targeted three times Sunday against New England. For being one of Manning's favorite targets of all time, the Broncos have failed to find ways to utilize his abilities in the slot.

Despite his age (36), he has proven—even as recent as Week 3 against Houston when he caught six balls for 73 yards and a touchdown—that he can still play at a high enough level with a great quarterback.

 

Willis McGahee must find consistency

His stats are 64 yards, 113 yards. 36 yards, 111 yards, 51 yards and probably over the century mark against San Diego in Week 6. McGahee has been ultra inconsistent this year, and he struggled immensely Sunday at New England.

He dropped a crucial pass, fumbled at a horrendous time and couldn't get much going on the ground. McGahee needs to improve if the Broncos plan on making the postseason this year.

Manning has been as advertised this season, but the Broncos offense is a ways away from being where they need to be. Having these three things happen will benefit the Broncos greatly going forward. 

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