October 15, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) turns to hand the ball off during the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
The New Orleans Saints rode the guardrail to a victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday but will have to do more than that against a Denver Broncos offense led by Peyton Manning.
After the Buccaneers game defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said that the Saints made ” just enough plays to win the game.” That was obvious as the Saints were required to do a literal last second stand where a Buccaneers touchdown was negated by an illegal touching penalty.
The Broncos will make no so much mistakes as they have displayed nothing but the ability to lure an opposing team into a sense of security and then coming from behind to seal the deal. Just ask the San Diego Chargers who blew a 24 point lead going into the second half against them a few weeks ago.
One thing the Broncos has been doing effectively, as has the New England Patriots, is going with a no-huddle offense which tends to widdle down a defense with the frantic pace and hardly any chances to make substitutions when necessary.
Interim head coach Joe Vitt said that he expects to see the Broncos run their no-huddle offense for a majority of the game and that in order to counter that they will have to be “patient and disciplined.”