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Friday, December 7, 2012
Denver Broncos: Moving On

By Bill Williamson

Here are some areas the Denver Broncos need to focus on after a 26-13 win at Oakland on Thursday:

Recap: The Broncos dominated Oakland and this game was never truly close. The Broncos failed to capitalize on several drives, but this game was never in danger for the Broncos, who won their eighth straight game and improved to 10-3. The Broncos now have a half-game lead over Baltimore and New England, both 9-3, in the quest for the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Biggest area to fix: Red zone offense. Denver was just 2-of-7 in the red zone. That has change in the playoffs. Denver moved up and down the field, but it was not crisp inside Oakland’s 20-yard line. After the game, Denver quarterback Peyton Manning lamented the team’s red zone woes, but he vowed to fix the issue.

Biggest area to build on: Knowshon Moreno. He had a terrific game. Moreno had 119 yards rushing on 32 carries and he added 48 yards on four catches. Manning seems to trust Moreno and it is evident Denver is trying to establish Moreno for the next month or so. He will be the team’s starter until the AFC title game (if the Broncos make it) when Willis McGahee is set to come back from a knee injury. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Moreno (who was inactive for eight straight games this season) had a career-best 69 yards after contact, which is the second most by a Denver running back in the past four seasons.

What to watch for: The Broncos have a huge game in Week 15 at Baltimore. This game will have major implications in the AFC playoff race and will be a strong message game for both teams.