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

Travis WakemanCorrespondent IIOctober 6, 2013

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 06:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos throws against the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium on October 6, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Denver Broncos were able to survive a shootout against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday to remain undefeated in what was probably the most exciting NFL game thus far in 2013.

Despite giving up over 500 yards of total offense, the Broncos came out with a victory after Danny Trevathan came up with a late interception of Dallas quarterback Tony Romo.

The 99 combined points tied for the fourth-most in a single game in NFL history.

The Broncos (5-0) head home to face the winless Jacksonville Jaguars next Sunday and they should be a substantial favorite in that one.

Final Score

Broncos 51

Cowboys 48

Passing Offense: Another solid game for Denver quarterback Peyton Manning, who threw for 414 yards and five touchdowns. He had four different players with at least 57 yards receiving.

Passing Defense: The Broncos may have some work to do in the secondary—or they may just need to get healthy. Without Champ Bailey and Chris Harris, Tony Romo torched the Broncos, throwing for 506 yards and five touchdowns.

Rushing Offense: Knowshon Moreno is steadily becoming a reliable running back again for the Broncos. He carried the ball 19 times for 93 yards and scored a touchdown.

Rushing Defense: Dallas was almost exclusively a passing offense in the second half and though Denver didn't defend that all that well, they did give up just 52 yards on the ground.

Special Teams: Trindon Holliday ended up getting a couple kick returns in the second half, but Dallas clearly wanted nothing to do with him. Matt Prater kicked three field goals, one of which came from 28 yards out to win the game as time expired.

Coaching: The defense seemed lost every time Romo threw the ball deep but the Broncos should get healthy in that area with Jacksonville coming to town. Though they gave up 48 points, they still found a way to win a tough game on the road.

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 6:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys scrambles to avoid the rush during a game against the Denver Broncos at  AT&T Stadium on October 6, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Passing Offense: As has been the case in the rest of the Broncos' games this year, Peyton Manning simply can't be stopped. He has thrown for 163 yards and three touchdowns in the first half.

Passing Defense: Tony Romo has found some success throwing the ball in the first half and even had his team up 14-0 at one point. He has 222 passing yards in the first half. Shaun Phillips and Malik Jackson each came up with timely sacks.

Rushing Offense: Knowshon Moreno has ran the ball well in the first half, gaining 61 yards on eight carries for a 7.6 yard average. Still, the only rushing touchdown in this game for Denver belongs to Manning.

Rushing Defense: Dallas running back DeMarco Murray has shown no fear of the Denver defense, running right at them for 40 yards and a touchdown in the first half.

Special Teams: Dallas has made a concerted effort to keep the ball away from Trindon Holliday, pounding every kickoff out of the end zone. Holliday has just one punt return for nine yards.

Coaching: Offensive coordinator Adam Gase broke out a shovel pass and a quarterback bootleg in the first half and each resulted in touchdowns. Defensively, the team needs to find a way to get more pressure on Romo.