Broncos vs. Vikings: 3 Adjustments Denver Must Make at Halftime

Matt King@TheRealMattKingFeatured ColumnistDecember 4, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 4:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos warms up pregame against the Minnesota Vikings at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on December 4, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Adam Bettcher /Getty Images)
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The Denver Broncos are making a big push toward the playoffs, so you can look at every game from here on out as a must-win, especially with the Raiders putting together a winning streak of their own.

Today the Broncos are going up against a Minnesota Vikings team without their star Adrian Peterson, but they can't afford to look past them.

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.