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Overall Grade: B+
Fourth Quarter: B-
The defense overall was incredible tonight as they held Brees and the high powered Saints to a total of 252 yards. While they probably let up a little bit, they still gave up a cheap touchdown near the end of the game when Brees hit Graham on an 18-yard strike.
Still, this was a dominant performance by this defense and if they play like this, Denver could emerge as a favorite in the AFC, especially since they play a very favorable schedule going forward.
Third Quarter: A+
The offense has been great, but the Broncos defense has been even better. In the third quarter, Brees had just 22 yards passing and has been kept in check with only 126 on the night.
Broncos defenders have been very aggressive and the tackling has been great. The Saints have been forced to punt five times.
The Saints have lost four games this year, but this has to be their worst offensive output in a long time.
Second Quarter: B-
The second quarter got off to a rough start as the Broncos let Sproles get free coming out of the backfield and Brees hit him for a 29-yard score.
After that, it was all Denver.
They have contained Brees, allowing just 104 yards on 9-of-18 passing. New Orleans has yet to convert a third down in the game (0-for-5) and when they decided to go for it on 4th and two from the Denver 47-yard line, Brees threw it into the hands of Wesley Woodyard.
Many fans seem to think the Broncos need suspended linebacker DJ Williams, but they really don't. Woodyard has had a very good year in his absence. Aside from the interception, he had a team leading 9 tackles and a sack in the first half.
First Quarter: B+
Denver forced New Orleans to open the game with a three-and-out and they held Saints quarterback Drew Brees to just 41 yards passing in the first half while keeping the Saints off the scoreboard.
The Broncos have done a good job getting pressure on Brees, even forcing a fumble from the All-Pro quarterback. Unfortunately, the Broncos couldn't recover the ball even though Elvis Dumervil had at least two chances at it.
In the secondary, the team has done a good job on the Saints wideouts with Tracy Porter being deactivated for the game. Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is active, however, and he will present a challenge for this defense tonight.