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

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 8:  Place kicker Matt Prater #5 of the Denver Broncos celebrates a 64-yard field goal for a new NFL record on a hold by Britton Colquitt #4 during the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on December 8, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Travis WakemanCorrespondent IIDecember 12, 2016

The Denver Broncos improved to 11-2 on the season following a 51-28 victory over the Tennessee Titans (5-8) on Sunday.

The Broncos overcame a 21-10 second-quarter deficit to earn a convincing win.

Denver ran a staggering 91 plays compared to just 48 for Tennessee and had 39 first downs on the day.

Even with 51 points being scored, the highlight of the game was Matt Prater's 64-yard field goal prior to halftime, a new NFL record.

With the win, the Broncos have clinched a spot in the playoffs and they improve to 7-0 at home on the season.

They now face a quick turnaround as they will host AFC West rival San Diego on Thursday night. Denver won the first meeting with San Diego this year 28-20.

 

Denver Broncos Game Grades
Positional Unit1st-Half GradeFinal Grade
Passing OffenseAA+
Passing DefenseBB
Rushing OffenseB+A-
Rushing DefenseDB-
Special TeamsB+B+
CoachingB+A-
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Final Score

Titans - 28

Broncos - 51

 

Final Analysis

Passing Offense: Peyton Manning put together another solid performance and may have erased some of the doubts about his play in cold weather in the process. He threw for 397 yards and four touchdowns on the day.

Passing Defense: Tennessee rookie Justin Hunter had his best game as a professional, routinely getting behind the Denver secondary. He had 114 yards and a touchdown on the day.

Rushing Offense: Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball each averaged over five yards per carry on the day and each rushed for a touchdown.

Rushing Defense: As the points kept adding up, Tennessee had to shy away from the running game for the most part. They ran the ball just 22 times in the game.

Special Teams: Andre Caldwell had what would have been a 104-yard kick return for a touchdown called back due to an illegal block in the back.

Coaching: Denver came out with an aggressive game plan and they never really took their foot off the gas pedal against the Titans. This was a complete victory for the team and coaching staff.

 

First-Half Analysis

Passing Offense: Manning has played a great first half despite the cold weather. He has already attempted 38 passes in the game, completing 24 of them for 219 yards and two scores.

Passing Defense: Aside from a 57-yard pass play early on to Justin Hunter, the Broncos have kept the Titans' passing game in check.

Rushing Offense: Moreno has ran for 58 yards in the first half despite splitting time with Ball. The offense has been focused on throwing the ball.

Rushing Defense: It's been Shonn Green, not Chris Johnson that has hurt the Broncos today. Greene has two touchdown runs including one from 28 yards out.

Special Teams: The Broncos gave up a huge kick return to Leon Washington that led to a score. Right before halftime, Prater broke the NFL record with a 64-yard field goal.

Coaching: Head coach John Fox has returned to the sidelines for the team and they played a very aggressive first half. In the second half, they need to make adjustments to slow up the Tennessee running game.

 

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