Moving on: Denver Broncos

October, 4, 2010
10/04/10
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Here are some areas Denver needs to focus on after a 26-20 win at Tennessee:

Recap: This was a big win for the Broncos. They came back and made some big plays to pull out the victory. Denver is still a work in progress, but it has showed in the first quarter of the season that it is a competitive team.

Biggest area to fix: The run game. It’s starting to be dire. The Broncos entered Week 4 with this being a huge problem area and now it is an enormous issue. The Broncos had 19 yards on 20 carries against the Titans. Denver has the worst rushing game in the NFL, averaging a silly-bad 2.2 yards per carry and 55 yards per game. Denver needs starter Knowshon Moreno to get healthy now. He’s been out of the past two games with a hamstring injury. The trade of Peyton Hillis to Cleveland in the Brady Quinn deal looks like a bigger mistake with each passing week.

Biggest area to build on: The passing offense. Quarterback Kyle Orton and his receivers are saving this offense. Denver has the No. 1-ranked passing game in the NFL, averaging 339 yards passing a game. But Denver needs balance. Even though the passing game has been wonderful, how long can it last without any help from the running game?

What to watch for: Denver’s tough stretch continues as it goes to Baltimore in Week 5. The Broncos have bad memories of Baltimore. It went to Baltimore with a 6-0 record last October. Denver was crushed by the Ravens and ended the season with two wins in its final 10 games.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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