Broncos vs. Giants: Live Game Grades and Analysis for Denver

Travis Wakeman@@traviswakeman10Correspondent IISeptember 15, 2013

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 5: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 5, 2013 in Denver Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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The Denver Broncos are off to a 2-0 start after a big win on the road over the New York Giants. Peyton Manning has now gotten the victory over his brother, Eli, all three times they've played. 


Final Score

Broncos 41

Giants 23



Final Analysis for Denver

Passing Offense: Peyton Manning was solid again, throwing for 307 yards and two touchdowns. The Broncos were able to get Eric Decker involved this week, as he made a career-high nine receptions.

Passing Defense: Eli Manning was able to put up a lot of passing yards, but the Broncos defended him and the New York passing attack very well. Despite giving up 362 yards passing, the Broncos came up with four interceptions.

Rushing Offense: Denver did an excellent job adjusting after the first half, and it began to rely on the run game. Knowshon Moreno gained 93 yards on the ground and had scores of 20 and 25 yards.

Rushing Defense: The Giants running game was almost nonexistent, and the Broncos did an excellent job of making it one-dimensional. Denver limited New York to just 23 yards rushing and only six yards in the second half.

Special Teams: Trindon Holliday returned a punt 81 yards for a score in the third quarter. After letting the ball bounce, Holliday scooped it up and raced the other way. This play pretty much put the game out of reach. 

Coaching: Denver looked different on both sides of the ball in the second half. Establishing a solid running game and putting some pressure on Manning were two of the biggest keys to this win.         


First-Half Analysis for Denver

Passing Offense: The Broncos have come out running their fast-paced offense, and Manning has done a nice job taking what the defense has given him, completing passes to seven different receivers in the first half en route to throwing for 200 yards.

Passing Defense: Eli Manning has completed just 11 of 21 passes in the first half with one interception, but the Giants seem to have something with Victor Cruz matched up against Chris Harris. Cruz got behind the Denver defense for a 51-yard gain on their first play from scrimmage.

Rushing Offense: The Broncos scored only one touchdown in the first half, and it came via the running game. Still, the Broncos have called 10 run plays in the game, gaining just 35 yards on the ground.

Rushing Defense: The front four of the defensive line has played the run very well thus far. The Giants were only able to gain 19 yards rushing in the first half.

Special Teams: Denver has done a good job covering kicks so far, as it seems Britton Colquitt is not having the kind of day he's accustomed to. Matt Prater booted a 42-yard field goal through just before halftime as Denver regained the lead.

Coaching: Offensively, Denver needs to call more running plays. As evidenced by the scoring play, it could take advantage of the way New York is defending it. On defense, Denver needs to find a way to get pressure on the quarterback.