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One of the leagues Best WR corps and schemes carrying Kyle Orton
There is a reason why the Broncos are 11-40 on 3rd down conversion in the last 3 out of 4 games this season, while coming up short on ten trips to the red zone the past 2 games with Orton at the helm.
Is it no wonder Folks like Woody Paige of the Denver Post claimed yesterdays win was the result of luck?
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — On the west bank of the calm Cumberland River, in a most curious wind, the accidental tourists from Denver pulled off a fortuitous coup d'eTitans.
Quirky and lucky count in victory...
"No, I don't think it was luck," quarterback Kyle Orton said.
On the one hand he claims they are cheap, and on the other had they not played dirty, would the Broncos have won, considering the impact penalties had on the Broncos victory?
Both of Ortons touchdowns were the direct result of officials either keeping the drive alive when Orton failed to convert on 3rd down with a completion, or when Orton severely under threw Jabar Gaffney his receiver inside the 5 yard line on his 50 yard bomb. If the safety has his head turned back that throw into coverage is an interception.
3-1-TEN 36 (12:2 (Shotgun) K.Orton pass incomplete short middle to E.Royal [S.Marks].
PENALTY on TEN-S.Marks, Roughing the Passer, 14 yards, enforced at TEN 36 - No Play.
Penalty on TEN-S.Marks, Defensive Offside, declined.
2-25-50 (2:00) (Shotgun) K.Orton pass incomplete deep right to J.Gaffney.
PENALTY on TEN-C.Hope, Defensive Pass Interference, 49 yards, enforced at 50 - No Play.
Call it luck or the crutch of officials, but with only 16 point and just two minutes left to go in the game, Orton was well on his way to maintaining his 15 point per game average in the last 13 games he played in close games.
But alas Tim Tebow is crouched down on one knee on the sideline praying to God for a miracle. And that is exactly what he got in the form of the 50 Yard hail Mary bomb that was severely under thrown to Gaffney.
Gaffney how ever managed break his stride and make a g-force return towards the ball and with the defender sandwiched inbetween the Ball and receiver, made the magic happen for Orton in the form of a yellow flag falling seemingly from the heavens to the turf.
In one fowl swoop Orton goes from the 50 to the one yard line. The pawn emerges as a phantom king with the TD pass that gives the Broncos the win, thanks to a muff dive by the Broncos special teams who saved face yesterday despite the lack luster performance so far this season.