The Denver Broncos failed in their comeback attempt on Sunday, losing 31-25 to Matt Schaub and the Houston Texans. Peyton Manning and the Broncos at one point trailed 31-11 before falling to 1-2 for the season.
The score shows that the Broncos had an opportunity to win the game, but simply couldn't come up with big plays, either offensive or defensive, when they needed to.
Mile High Report, SB Nation's Broncos blog, notes some of the missed opportunities by Denver:
Nevertheless, the stat line shows that there were numerous dropped passes. Demaryius Thomas was targeted 12 times, finishing with four catches for 36 yards. Jacob Tamme was targeted 10 times. He made three catches for 31 yards. Now Peyton Manning was 26/52. The stats say he targeted his receivers 50 of those times, so they must be counting two throwaways. The Houston defense is credited with 10 Pass Break Ups so that makes 14 dropped balls. You can factor that into the next category.
The Broncos were 6 for 17 (35.2%) on third down today. Those 14 drops might have had something to do with that. Then again, the Texans defense should get some of the credit too.
The Broncos will look to even up their record at 2-2 next week, when they play host to the Oakland Raiders.
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