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Monday, December 12, 2011
Denver Broncos: Moving On

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Here are some areas the Denver Broncos need to focus on after a 13-10 overtime win over visiting Chicago on Sunday:

Recap: The Broncos’ amazing run continues. Denver scored all of its points after the 57 minutes, 45-minute mark. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Denver became the second team in NFL history to win four straight games after trailing in the fourth quarter. The Broncos join the 2009 Colts who ended up in the Super Bowl. Denver is 7-1 with Tim Tebow as its quarterback and has won six straight games. The Broncos are now 8-5 and have a one-game lead in the AFC West over 7-6 Oakland. If Denver beats Kansas City at home in Week 17, the Raiders will have to finish with a better record than the Broncos to win the division because of tiebreaker reasons.

Biggest area to fix: Denver receivers dropped six passes in the first three quarters, including a sure touchdown by Demaryius Thomas. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Denver averaged a drop every 3.8 pass attempts in the first three quarters. However, the receivers performed much better in the fourth quarter and in overtime as Tebow completed 18 of his 21 completions in that time frame.

Biggest area to build on: Denver kicker Matt Prater deserves major kudos. He kicked a 59-yard field goal in the final seconds to send the game to overtime and he kicked a 51-yarder to win the game in overtime. It is another example of Denver playing complete team football.

What to watch for: Bill Belichick is the defensive master of the NFL. He gets his crack at Tebow on Sunday as New England comes to Denver in a possible preview of a January matchup.