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Monday, December 13, 2010
Moving on: Denver Broncos

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Here are some areas the Denver Broncos need to focus on after a 43-13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals:

Recap: Denver’s miserable season continued with a convincing loss to the Cardinals, who entered the game 3-9. Denver is now 3-10. It was not a good start to the post-Josh McDaniels era. Interim coach Eric Studesville was unable to give Denver any spark. This lost season just got a tad worse. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Denver is now on pace to receive the No. 3 overall pick.

Biggest area to fix: points allowed: The Broncos’ defense was a sieve again. Prior to giving up 10 points to Kansas City last week, the Broncos allowed 100 points in its three previous games. Allowing a weak offense like Arizona -- which started rookie John Skelton at quarterback -- 43 points is inexcusable. Denver has allowed 376 points this season -- the most in the NFL.

Biggest area to build on: run offense. Denver, which was at the bottom of the NFL in rushing for much of the season, is performing better. Denver had 132 yards on the ground. Starter Knowshon Moreno had 81 yards rushing.

What to watch for: Denver visits Oakland on Sunday. The Raiders hammered the Broncos, 59-14, in Denver in October. The Raiders still have slim playoff hopes and their offense is playing well. I could see another blowout in the works.