A disclaimer here. The first team started the game and played about two series, with a few individual exceptions. They looked good, moved the ball and provided decent protection for Kyle Orton. But also we must remember that Minnesota didn't play their first team at all. So even in those first two series, the Broncos first team was going against the Vikings second team.
And it was when the second and third team came on the field that we started to see some really sloppy work.things started to get sloppy, sometime VERY sloppy.
The first play of the series when the second string came in, there was a fumble between the center, Olsen and QB Tebow. Which allowed a 7-0 lead to go to a 7-7 tie in about 32 seconds of clock time. Whose fault was it? I don't know exactly but it kindof set the stage for much of the play to follow by the offense and the line in particular.
The afore mentioned Mr. Olsen had an OFF-SIDES call against him. And he is the one that controls the snap. Not the right move if you want to be a center in the NFL. In addition to that, he had some missed blocking assignments and seemed to be not-ready-for-Prime-time in many ways.
We als saw missed assignments and missed blocks all over the field that provided a lot of excitement for the RBs and the QBs in getting plays to go past the line of scrimmage.
Final Comment and final grade:
D+ and a "Please, oh Please, don't let any more of the starters get hurt.