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From the last of the first quarter through the third quarter, the Denver offense was efficient, clock-eating and able to move the ball. But like last year and several years previous, they couldn't score. And like last year, it is a game of 4 quarters and a team needs to play well in all 4 quarters.
The offensive line was pretty good but did have some breakdowns at the wrong times. But with two rookies starting and LT Ryan Clady still not 100% from his off-season knee surgery hampered the cohesiveness at times.
An untimely fumble (Buckhalter) an INT (Orton) in the final drive to tie the game and penalties killed what were looking like obvious scoring drives. This won't get it done against teams better than the Jaguars.
Why There is Still Hope: With the the exception of that INT, Kyle Orton showed a grasp of this intricate offense and was throwing the ball with snap and went deep more than he did last year when he was hurt. He also showed some mobility but will never be mistaken for Mr. Elway.
The offensive line, as mentioned above, is a young one and one that is still banged up. When Clady and RT Ryan Harris (Inactive for this game) are fully healthy, I think we will see a different team out there in front of Orton.
I also liked what I saw from the three WRs, Gaffney, Royal and Lloyd. They had good games and I felt they had good chemistry with Orton on most plays. They will continue to get better and make us almost forget about the departed #15. And this doesn't even include getting the rookies Thomas on the field and Decker involved in the passing game.