Denver Broncos: Moving On

December, 3, 2012
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Here are some areas the Denver Broncos need to focus on after a 31-23 home win over Tampa Bay on Sunday:

Recap: The Broncos clinched the AFC West with a win over the solid Buccaneers. It is the first time Denver has won back-to-back division titles since 1986-87. The Broncos have won seven straight games, which is the longest current win streak in the NFL. Denver is 9-3 and tied with Baltimore and New England for the second best record in the AFC.

Biggest area to fix: First-half performance. Denver trailed 10-7 at halftime. The Broncos took over the game in the third quarter. But they have to start faster. Denver had issues in the first halves of games early in the season. That won’t fly in the playoffs.

Biggest area to build on: Run defense. The Broncos kept star Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin in check. He had 56 yards on 18 carries. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Martin did not have a single rush of at least 10 yards in a game. His 33 yards after contact were his lowest total since Week 6 against the Chiefs.

What to watch for: The Broncos go to Oakland on Thursday on a short week.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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