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Broncos postgame thoughts

11/7/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Here are some postgame thoughts about the Broncos in their 34-30 victory over the Browns.

The Broncos were a passing team Thursday night. Rookie running back Ryan Torain was hurt early in the game and he could have a fairly serious knee injury. More information is expected Friday.

With backup Selvin Young dealing with a groin injury, rookie fullback Peyton Hillis took over as the tailback. He did a fine job gritting out a second-effort first down on fourth-and-1 on Denver's game-winning drive.

The seventh-round pick is a fullback, but right now he might be Denver's only running back option as the Broncos head to their Nov. 16 game at Atlanta.

Quarterback Jay Cutler looked much better Thursday night. Running a spread offense, Cutler used his great savvy and athletic ability to tear through Cleveland's defense. Cutler threw one interception but it wasn't his fault -- receiver Brandon Marshall made a mistake on the play. If Denver is going to win this division, Cutler will have to continue to play this well.

Denver receiver Brandon Stokley saved Marshall a lot of money. After Marshall scored on the game-winning touchdown with just over a minute left, he pulled something out of his pants. ESPN reported that Marshall said it was a half-black, half-white glove to honor United States President elect Barack Obama. Stokley came charging over and stopped him from showing it. He surely would've been fined had he displayed the glove.