Bears vs. Broncos: 4 Key Denver Stats from the First Half

Matt KingFeatured ColumnistDecember 11, 2011

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 11: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos is tackled by Chris Conte #47 of the Chicago Bears after getting a first down at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 11, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The Denver Broncos are riding one heck of a winning streak, but they're going up against a tough Chicago defense so far with an 0-0 tie heading into halftime. Here are four key stats to take away from the first half.


Tim Tebow: one interception

Tebow hasn't thrown an interception in his last five games, so this definitely hurt, especially when Denver was in Bears territory for the first time and putting a bit of a drive together.

Willis did slip and Tillman made an incredible play, but that was not a good play by Tebow.


Bears: one blocked field goal

Just went Denver had finally put together a drive and set Prater up for a gimme 29-yard FG, the Bears get all sorts of penetration on the play and get a clean block that kept the game tied for the time being.

Huge mistake by the Broncos in a game where points are going to be at a premium.


Bears: three sacks

Some of this falls on the Broncos offensive line, but some of it also falls on Tebow taking too much time in the pocket and deciding to take off too late.

Denver has had success with planned running plays; in fact, Tebow has 27 yards and has ran for two different first downs, but when he's scrambled, there has been more sacks and less success on the ground.


33 Yards on 12 Carries for Willis McGahee

Denver has lived and died with the running game, so these numbers are not encouraging. Other than some solid runs by Tebow and Ball, the Broncos have not had a lot of success on the ground, especially with the guy who has been so solid for them so far this year.