So far in the first half this has been a defensive struggle, with Minnesota going up 12-7 late in the first. Denver's offense hasn't done much of anything.
After a rough half, here are three things Denver needs to do in the second half to give themselves a chance to come back and win this game.
Keep the Offense on the Field
So far the defense is winning the game for Denver, but the Broncos need to keep their defense on the field for at least a few sustained drives or their D is going to start getting tired, and that's where they are going to get into trouble.
Put More Pressure on Ponder
Before his fumble in the first quarter, Christian Ponder and the Vikings were actually putting together a hell of a drive on Denver. The Broncos were bailed out, but it was the pressure on the QB that made that happen.
Then when Ponder threw the pick-six, even though there wasn't a ton of pressure on him, he rushed his throw because he got a little antsy in the pocket.
Denver can take the damage from Toby Gerhart and Percy Harvin that results from that because it will pay off with a mistake from the rookie play caller.
Keep Track of Harvin
With Peterson out of the game, that means that Minnesota's lone playmaker left is Harvin. He's getting opportunities and is doing work when he gets the ball.
If the Broncos can shut him down, they'll win this game without breaking a sweat. If they allow Harvin to keep doing damage, it could be a long game for the defense.