Broncos Vs. Cowboys: Denver Drops Game To Dallas, 24-23

The Denver Broncos kicked off the 2011 preseason against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday evening and narrowly lost, 24-23.

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Broncos Vs. Cowboys Final Score: Dallas Squeaks By Denver, 24-23

The Denver Broncos are 0-1 after their first game of the 2011 NFL preseason. The team held a 23-16 lead with over five minutes left in the game. But the defense saw Stephen McGee quarterback the Cowboys from their own 35-yard line to Denver's five-yard line. Jason Hunter came up with his second sack for a loss of eight yards on 3rd-and-5. However, Stephen McGee found Dwayne Harris in the middle of the field for a short pass that turned into a 13-yard touchdown. Instead of going for the tie, Dallas head coach Jason Garrett opted for the two-point conversion, which was a McGee-to-Martin Rucker reception. The Cowboys won, 24-23.

Cornerback Nate Jones was routinely beat, especially on the touchdown and the two-point conversion plays. McGee was throwing all over the place during the second half of the game. He went 14-of-24 for 208 yards and three touchdowns. McGee's second touchdown pass was the highlight of the second half, as he connected with Harris for a 76-yard pass.

The Broncos offense put up three field goals in the first half and two touchdowns in the second half. Kyle Orton played one series and failed to find Brandon Lloyd on several attempts in the end zone. Tim Tebow overcame a rough first drive (sacked, waived off interception) to finish 6-of-7 with 91 yards. He had a touchdown run called back after a holding penalty on the line.

Brady Quinn played the second half of the game and was showing his skill out there after a shaky beginning. He went 8-of-14 for 120 yards and one touchdown. He hit Eron Riley for an eight-yard touchdown reception and had a 26-yard pass to Mark Dell.

The running game had 30 carries (27 throws by the quarterbacks) and averaged four yards per carry. Knowshon Moreno and Willis McGahee combined for 40 yards in their first action of the preseason. Jeremiah Johnson impressed during the second half with four carries for 28 yards. He ran 13 yards in the fourth quarter for a touchdown.

The Broncos return to Mile High for an Aug. 20 game with the Buffalo Bills.

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Broncos Vs. Cowboys Halftime Score: Kyle Orton, Tim Tebow Help Denver To 9-3 Lead

The Denver Broncos lead the Dallas Cowboys, 9-3, at halftime of their first preseason game of the 2011 NFL season. As was likely expected, neither Kyle Orton nor Tim Tebow were lights-out, but Tebow did have a few good plays.

Orton played a series and went 2-of-6 for 37 yards. Most of his incompletions came while near the Cowboys' goal line, missing connections with Brandon Lloyd for the lead. The team settled for a Matt Prater 24-yard field goal.

Tim Tebow's first drive was saved from disaster when an intercepted pass was called off due to interference. Tebow came back on his next drive, which was highlighted with a 43-yard throw to receiver Matthew Willis. He went 6-of-7 for 91 yards.

There were also plays were things didn't materialize for Tebow. After Perrish Cox picked off a pass in the final two minutes of the half, Tebow eventually was set up for a draw play to rush in for the touchdown. He did, but the celebration ended when it was voided due to holding. Then Tebow committed an illegal pass by going ahead of the line of scrimmage and then coming behind it to make the throw. There were two other penalties on the play, all of which were decline for a fourth down instead.

Prater kicked his third field goal of the game for a 9-3 Broncos lead.

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Broncos Vs. Cowboys Update: Tim Tebow Helps Denver To Another Field Goal

Tim Tebow's preseason started off with an unimpressive drive, going 1-of-1 on the drive but had an interception called off due to interference. But his next drive looked much better, if still somewhat lacking.

On his own 15-yard line, Tebow fired a pass down the middle of the field to Matthew Willis for a 43-yard gain. He followed with a 12-yard pass to running back Lance Ball. The offense stalled after that, but Tebow came back with another pass to Willis, a seven-yard pass that put the Broncos on Dallas' 24-yard line, to set up a field goal kick for Matt Prater.

Prater connected on the 42-yard field goal for the 6-3 lead. On the ensuing kickoff, there was no return. Due to new NFL rules that moved up the kickoff line by five yards, returns are likely to be fewer in number from now.

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Broncos Vs. Cowboys Score: Denver, Dallas Tied At Three

The Denver Broncos opened up their 2011 preseason with a six and one-half minute drive, but they came up with just a Matt Prater field goal for a shirt-lived 3-0 lead. The first play of the game was a pass by Kyle Orton, but that was quickly knocked down at the line of scrimmage.

It got better from there. Orton completed a 29-yard pass to Eric Decker on a 3rd-and-6 play. He followed it with an eight-yard pass to Knowshon Moreno. Orton went 2-of-6 for 37 yards on the drive. The running backs combined to rush for 40 yards. Moreno had four rushes for 23 yards and Willis McGahee broke off a 12-yard run and had 17 yards on the drive.

Orton attempted to put the ball in the air when he was at the goal line, but Brandon Lloyd was not in position to grab those balls. Prater came up with a 24-yard field goal.

Dallas countered with its own field goal after a nearly five-minute drive. Felix Jones was key on the ground and through the air for 23 yards on the ground and 16 yards on a reception

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Denver Broncos Vs. Dallas Cowboys: Injury Updates

The Denver Broncos will kick off the 2011 preseason in just a few hours as they take on the Dallas Cowboys on the road. With the NFL being locked out until just recently, injuries have taken a much larger role as the league begins it's four week preseason schedule. 

The Broncos have remained relatively injury free during the first two weeks of camp, losing the only linebacker D.J. Williams to a hamstring injury. Williams has missed most of camp to date but has returned to full speed workouts and should be back with the team by next week. Wide receiver Damaryius Thomas, who tore his Achilles last year, still has not returned to practice, but has started jogging lightly again and will mostly likely rejoin the team after the regular seaon begins.

The Cowboys have a much longer list than Denver does. Linebackers Keith Brooking and Bruce Carter are out two and four weeks respectively with leg injuries. Cornerback Terrance Newman is out with a groin injury and likely won't return until the beginning of the regular season. Center Andre Gurode will miss two to four weeks as he continues to rehab after his knee surgery. Finally, while the Broncos will get their first look at first round draft pick Von Miller tonight, Cowboys fans aren't so lucky as second round draft pick DeMarco Murray is out for two weeks due to a hamstring injury.

For more on the Broncos, visit Mile High Report.

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Denver Broncos Vs. Dallas Cowboys: Kyle Orton Leads 1st Team Offense

The Denver Broncos kickoff the 2011 preseason against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday evening.

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