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Monday, November 5, 2012
Moving on: Denver Broncos

By Bill Williamson

Here are some areas the Denver Broncos need to focus on after a 31-23 win at the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday:

Recap: The Broncos improved to 5-3 and stayed in first place by themselves with the road win. Denver saw a 17-3 lead early in the third quarter become a 20-17 deficit early in the fourth quarter. Denver came roaring back with two fourth quarter scores to seal the win.

Biggest area to fix: Running game. Denver had just 68 yards on 26 carries. Peyton Manning is tremendous, but he needs help. Denver can’t afford to be one dimensional on offense.

Biggest area to build on: Manning was perfect on his underneath throws, according to ESPNs Stat & Information. He completed all 18 attempts thrown within five yards of the line of scrimmage. Only Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers (Week 4 of this season) was perfect on underneath passes with at least 18 attempts in the past five seasons.

 What to watch for: Denver coach John Fox brings his team to Carolina, where he was the head coach for nine seasons. Carolina fired him after the 2010 season and he was hired by the Broncos shortly later.