We always hear this team is gritty, resiliant, that was for sure that type of game...was not pretty, but in the end, we had 3 more points than they did, the broncos were not at full strength last week, but the bottom line is this team has won 2 games now vs very good teams and regardless of the circumstance...that is a positive. The schedule the rest of the way is filled with win-able games.
Defense: wanted to start with the defense this week, because they were the difference in the game, maybe not great, not dominant, but a very impressive effort-across the board. Starting with D.Jackson who had a monster game....7 tackles...with a big time pick six and sack in crunch time....awesome game!!! The LB's group as a whole really played well-Freemen led the way with 10 tackles, Walden added 4 along with a forced fumble.....the patchwork D-line held up......the DB's were good, Geathers ( 8 tackles) had a nice game filling in for Adams. The pass rush has been a tad better, but really needs to be much better, going forward. With more of the same....short fields, key players out, they really stepped up........and played a very solid game...the big key, as usual.............4 turnovers.
Offense: really didn't do much stat wise...efficiant comes to mind. Hasselback was 23-32-213-2 TD's and 2 int.., Gore and Bradshaw combined for 23-66 rushing...... Gore added 5-46 as the top receiver and Bradshaw added 2 TD's. 276 total yds and 3 turnovers. The O-line, like the rest of this group....adequate
Special teams: another very good game for the kickers...Adam has now hit his last 12 field goals, including the game winner and McAfee (copy and paste) excelled. Bray has looked very good, had big return called back
Summary: that was a very good team we faced today, they didn't play their A-game......with the way things have gone this year, you take them anyway you can get them and just try to keep piling up wins, just need to keep playing gritty and keep finding ways to win games. There is still plenty of room for improvement, plenty of time to try to get things better.......in the last 5 games we have a 7 point loss to new england....6 point loss to the saints....3 point loss to the panthers and back to back 3 point wins over the broncos and falcons.... we are not there...but it does seem like we are trending up.