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In Sunday's game against the Packers, rookie linebacker Von Miller quietly continued his solid season. Amidst the failure of the team to cover any receiver, Miller was able to pressure Aaron Rodgers during the game, picking up two more sacks. Miller dropped Rodgers for a total of 12 lost yards. Miller now has four sacks.
Miller has recorded at least one sack in his last three games after having zero against the Oakland Raiders to start the season. He had the first two in games that Elvis Dumervil was not on field with him, while the other two came with Dumervil back on the defensive line. It seems as though we should expect more of the latter should Dumervil and Miller continue to team up.
ESPN's Bill Williamson is already wondering if Miller could break Jevon Kearse's rookie record of 14.5 sacks in 1998. That certainly seems like a possibility if Miller's recent performance trend continues.
Before Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos head coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy planned on using the "Tebow Package" to ignite a running game that has been stagnant for the most part of the season.
We saw the Tebow package used in the first quarter. Kyle Orton stepped off the field, Tim Tebow came on. Tebow ran for a loss of one yard and then we didn't see him again in the game. That seemed fine when Orton threw two touchdowns to Eric Decker in the first half and brought the Broncos back into the game, 21-17. But the Packers just kept putting points on the board while the Broncos didn't get anything on offense.
Wouldn't a play from the Tebow package have helped create some life in the second half? It seems John Fox is falling into the same situation Josh McDaniels created with Tim Tebow: shying away from using the Tebow package.
The Denver Broncos fell to 1-3 following their 49-23 defeat at the arms and legs of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Broncos were down, 21-17, late in the second quarter before Aaron Rodgers found a wide-open Greg Jennings for the touchdown and 28-17 lead. it only got worse in the second half.
Aaron Rodgers directed the Packers to 21 straight points in the second half before Denver scored again. He ran for a touchdown and threw for two more. He finished the game 29-of-38 for 408 yards and four touchdown passes. His first interception proved of little consequence as Kyle Orton threw his second interception of the game on the following drive. Orton attempted to chuck one to Brandon Lloyd, but he horribly underthrew his receiver. Rodgers' second also proved similar, as Rahim Moore picked him off before Orton threw another interception.
Orton's second interception came on a desperation throw, but his first was a 30-yard return by Charles Woodson. Orton had looked good after that by throwing two touchdown passes to Eric Decker, but then he went silent until he hit Daniel Fells for a touchdown late in the game. Orton finished the game at 22-of-32 passing for 273 yards.
Willis McGahee broke 100 yards for the second time this season with 103 on 15 carries. Brandon Lloyd's role in this offense increased with eight receptions for 136 yards. Decker caught six passes for 56 yards. Rookie Von Miller had two sacks, his first two-sack game, and now has four on the season.
The Broncos return to Mile High next week to host the San Diego Chargers.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is doing it all today. He's passed for three touchdowns and rushed for two, as well. Now, if he had an interception return for a touchdown or recovered an onside kick, I'd be even more impresses. As it stands, the Packers had both of those plays happen with other guys on the field.
Rodgers is 24-of-30 for 375 yards and was at one point the team's leading rusher. His 31 yards is second to James Starks' 32 for the game. Rodgers used almost 10 minutes of the third quarter to direct those scoring drives. He was aided by a Denver Broncos turnover near the Green Bay goal line.
Daniel Fells caught a Kyle Orton pass and then fumbled it around the Packers' five-yard line. That was the best chance the Broncos have had so far to stay in this game, but they failed. They are losing, 42-17, in the final quarter.
After going down 21-3 to start the game, the Denver Broncos are playing in a completely different game. Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton had a costly interception for a pick-six by Charles Woodson, but the embattled Orton has looked completely different since then. Orton had gone 6-of-6 for 120 yards, two touchdown passes and a 158.3 quarterback rating at the end of those two touchdown drives.
Eric Decker came up with both touchdown receptions. His second one was an impressive 33-yard reception. He has three catches for 39 yards. Brandon Lloyd has looked like the 2010 version we expected at the start of the season. He has six catches for 97 yards. His longest was a 44-yard gain on a flea flicker play that set up Decker's first touchdown score.
Right after the Green Bay Packers went up, 14-3, Mason Crosby caught the Denver Broncos unaware when he performed an onside kick. Jordy Nelson, who had the 50-yard touchdown reception early came up with the ball. Aaron Rodgers completed that drive by finding Randall Cobb for 14 yards from Denver's 25-yard and then an 11-yard run for the quarterback.
Down 21-3, the Broncos needed a scoring play of more than three points. As it turned out, Kyle Orton found Eric Decker for a five-yard touchdown and the 21-10 score. On the play before that, the Broncos performed a flea flicker, successfully performed thanks to Knowshon Moreno's ability to fake the run. Orton hurled a deep but underthrown ball to Brandon Lloyd for a 44-yard gain. Just a bit better on the throw, Orton could have found Lloyd for the touchdown.
The Broncos are down, 21-10, in the second quarter.
The Denver Broncos' 3-0 lead lasted just a little over three minutes in the first quarter. Aaron Rodgers felt plenty of pressure from Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller on the drive, but all he needed was one good play. After running back James Starks picked up a 16-yard gain on the ground to reach the 50-yard line, Rodgers threw a home run pass to Jordy Nelson, who caught the pass for a touchdown amidst three Broncos defenders. Rookie safety Rahim Moore was turned around the play, allowing Nelson to get to the end zone.
With the 7-3 lead, the Packers didn't waste much time to add more points. Kyle Orton threw a pass intended for Eric Decker, but Charles Woodson found it and put it into the end zone 30 yards later. The Packers now lead, 14-3. That was Orton's fourth interception of the season. Woodson now has 50 career interceptions.
The Packers recovered an onside kick.
The Denver Broncos still have the injury bug hitting them. During the Broncos' second drive of the game, starting tight end Daniel Fells left the game with a knee injury. The team had said that Fells is questionable to return, but he was later upgraded for a probable return. He did, however, walk to the locker room under his own power.
Fells is the second injured Broncos tight end this season. Julius Thomas hurt his ankle during the Week 2 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. The Broncos re-signed Dante Rosario to make up for that injury. Rookie Virgil Green is also on the roster. However, with Fells likely to return the team won't need to go looking for another tight end.
The Denver Broncos took a 3-0 lead against the Green Bay Packers in the first quarter. After punting on their first drive, the Broncos stopped the Packers in the red zone on their own 12-yard line. Running back James Starks was stuffed at the line of scrimmage on a 4th-and-1 play.
On the ensuing drive, the Broncos did put Tim Tebow into the game. He replaced Kyle Orton and ran for a loss of one yard. But, by far, the bigger play came from Willis McGahee when he had a 28-yard rush. It was the longest rushing play by the Broncos so far this season.
The drive reached the nine-yard line and stalled. Matt Prater wound up kicking a 27-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead. McGahee has four rushes for 42 yards while Knowshon Moreno has made appearances on third down.
The Denver Broncos announced their seven inactives for Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers and cornerback Champ Bailey will miss his third straight game. Bailey injured his hamstring in the second half of the opening game loss to the Oakland Raiders on Sept. 12. The Broncos are lacking quality and depth at cornerback with Bailey's continued absence, but it doesn't make sense for him to come back until he is fully healthy.
The Broncos' will be tested by Aaron Rodgers all day long, and it may not be pretty for the Broncos at the end of the day.
Defensive end Elvis Dumervil was questionable for the game, but he is active and will play. But will his shoulder hold up?
Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Marcus Thomas and Eddie Royal are all inactive for this game. They were declared out earlier in the week. Manny Ramirez and Tony Hills were also declared inactive for the game.
The last time we saw Tim Tebow on the field was the Denver Broncos' emergency wide receiver during Week 2's victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. He lined up in the slot because Eddie Royal was injured and the team had only Eric Decker and Matthew Willis remaining at receiver. Tebow did not catch a pass.
Against the Packers, Tim Tebow is expected to play--just not as a receiver. He'll stick on the field as either quarterback or he'll shift to being a running back. The "Tebow Package" is back in play. This does not mean that Kyle Orton will be coming out of the game to take a breather. Rather, we could see Orton line up as a wide receiver while Tebow takes a snap from the center.
Or we could see Tebow line up behind or to the side of Orton for a hand off. The Broncos do want to spark a running game that is averaging just 76 yards per game. Knowshon Moreno and Willis McGahee have struggled or dealt with injuries so far this season.
Not counting the Super Bowl victory over the Green Bay Packers, the Denver Broncos are just 6-5-1 against them all-time. The record is even worse when the Broncos visit Lambeau Field, where Sunday's game will be played. Denver is 0-4 there. The last time they visited Wisconsin, the Broncos lost to the Packers, 31-3, on Dec. 28.
Twice in the 1990s did the Broncos lose at Lambeau. In 1996, they went down in defeat, 41-6, but three years earlier it was only a 30-27 loss. The teams tied, 17-17, in 1987, while the first loss at Lambeau Field was the first game the two teams every played against each other. The Packers won on Sept. 26, 1971, 34-13.
The Broncos are on a two-game losing streak overall against the Packers, having lost in Denver on Oct. 29, 2007. John Fox will look to snap both losing streaks by picking up his first road victory as the Broncos' head coach. Can Kyle Orton and Co. lead the way to the win?
Game Date/Time: Sunday, Oct. 2; 2:15 p.m. MT
Location: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
TV Distribution Map: The506.com
Packers: WTMJ, Statewide Radio Network
Broncos: AM 850 KOA, KJMA 92.1, KMXA 1090
It's Sunday and time to make those last minute roster changes to lead your team to victory. Injuries, of course, always factor into a game. Let's break down how the major injuries affect Sunday's Broncos vs. Packers game.
Running back: The Packers' Ryan Grant is out for the game with a bruised kidney, so he should SIT. However, his replacement, James Starks, is a START.
As for the Broncos, Knowshon Moreno is probable for this game and should receive carries when Willis McGahee needs to leave the game. For this week Moreno is a SIT while McGahee is a START since he will likely still receive the goal line carries.
Wide receiver: Brandon Lloyd returned from a groin injury last week, but had just 48 yards. That wasn't due to injury, but rather the offense John Fox runs. He and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy want to get him more involved and the Packers' secondary is leaky. START Lloyd
The Green Bay Packers will be without the services of running back Ryan Grant on Sunday when they face the Denver Broncos. Grant did not practice at all this week and was ruled out. In his place, James Starks and John Kuhn will take his place. The former, though, will start and receive the majority of starts.
Grant suffered a bruised kidney in Sunday's game while 11 minutes remained on the clock.
Safety Nick Collins has not been placed on injured reserve this season, but his recent neck surgery to repair a herniated disc could be career-threatening. Cornerbacks Tramon Williams and Charles Woodson are probable and could keep Kyle Orton underperforming.
Tight end Jermichael Finley was limited in practice all week, but he is probable and ready to go on Sunday. He could cause plenty of problems for the Broncos, specially if Champ Bailey is unable to play.
Here is the complete Packers injury report:
The Denver Broncos will need to wait until game time on Sunday to determine if cornerback Champ Bailey and defensive end Elvis Dumervil are ready to play the Green Bay Packers. Though both practiced on Friday, the team has ruled the two players questionable for the game. Marcus Thomas' groin injury also has him questionable for the game.
The Broncos need their best defensive players on the field if they hope to stop Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, but if Bailey, Dumervil and Thomas aren't 100 percent recovered from their injuries, there shouldn't be any reason to have the risk further injury by aggravating their maladies during the game. Fox and the players will have tough decision come Sunday afternoon.
Running back Knowshon Moreno and linebacker D.J. Williams are listed as probable for the game. Both were available in emergencies last week, but did not play. This week Moreno is likely to split carries with Willis McGahee, as expected, and Williams will return to the starting lineup.
The Denver Broncos had no change on the injury front during Thursday's practice. Champ Bailey, Elvis Dumervil and Marcus Thomas were all at practice again, but they were limited participants again. While their status for Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers is still undetermined, Knowshon Moreno and D.J. Williams had a full practice for the second straight day. Both were available against the Titans in an emergency situation and did not receive any playing time.
The Broncos need all three defensive starters back. Bailey's absence has led to large gains by the opposition, and Dumervil has had little time to work with Von Miller on the gridiron. Thomas' return would help shore up a run defense that has done quite well so far this season.
For the Packers, running back Ryan Grant leads a list of four players who did not practice on Thursday. Grant suffered a kidney injury last week.
Here is the Broncos' injury report for Thursday:
While the Denver Broncos will likely have Champ Bailey and Elvis Dumervil back on defense this week, the Green Bay Packers are likely to miss several starters on either side of the ball. On Wednesday, right tackle Bryan Bulaga and running back Ryan Grant were the two main players not to practice. Both were injured last week and look highly doubtful to play this Sunday.
Tight end Jermichael Finley was limited in practice with an ankle injury. He hauled in seven passes for 85 yards last week and could haunt the Broncos if Champ Bailey isn't in the game.
Nick Collins, Pat Lee, Tramon Williams and Charles Woodson are either out, failed to practice or were limited on Wednesday. The secondary is hurting and opposing quarterbacks have been able to throw all over them in the first three weeks of the season. Kyle Orton could have the game that he needs to turn things around.
Here is the Wednesday injury report:
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The Denver Broncos need their star players back on the field against the Green Bay Packers this week. An early encouraging sign is having Champ Bailey and Elvis Dumervil on the practice field.
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