Thursday, November 26, 2009
Halftime notes from Denver
By Bill Williamson
DENVER -- Notes from halftime where Denver leads the Giants, 16-0.
- Denver quarterback Kyle Orton looks very good. He completed 12 of 19 passes for 159 yards in the first half.
- Denver is playing very aggressively. It went for it on fourth-and-5 from New York’s 29. On the play, Orton hit tight end Tony Scheffler for a 22-yard catch to the 7.
- Denver running Knowshon Moreno has 40 yards on nine carries. He is running with great purpose.
- Denver receiver Jabar Gaffney made great catch in the first quarter for 28 yards, but he dropped a pass for what would have been a big pass play early in the second quarter.
- Denver star cornerback Champ Bailey is working on kick coverage and the punt return unit.
- Denver safety Brian Dawkins started despite having a neck injury. He had a very good first half. He made several hard hits.
- New Denver punter Mitch Berger continued to improve. He is in his fifth game with Denver.
- Denver linebacker Elvis Dumervil got his 13th sack of the season. He leads the NFL in sacks. It is a career high for the four-year veteran.
- Denver receiver Eddie Royal is out with a thigh injury. He is questionable to return.
- Denver receiver Brandon Marshall had a great, I mean, great leaping, one-handed catch at the Giants’ 10 in the second quarter. After the play, Marshall ran over to Denver coach Josh McDaniels and celebrated with him before running back to the huddle.
- The NFL Network apologized for an expletive McDaniels said on the air Thursday night. He was wearing a microphone.