The Denver Broncos made a statement on Sunday night at home, beating the New Orleans Saints 34-14 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Denver moved to 4-3 with the win, as Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense surged against the Saints, producing more than 500 total yards of offense thanks to a balanced aerial and rushing attack.
Denver pulled away from New Orleans beginning in the second quarter, after the Saints had tied the game 7-7 with a Darren Sproles 29-yard scramble early in the quarter. The Saints would make a controversial decision to go for it on fourth down at the Denver 47, with Drew Brees' intercepted pass giving the Broncos prime field position late in the half.
Leading 17-7 coming out of halftime, Manning would lead Denver on an 92-yard touchdown drive on the opening possession of the half, as the Saints mustered just 31 yards of total offense in the third quarter. The Broncos added ten more points in the fourth quarter before Brees connected with Jimmy Graham on an 18-yard pass as regulation wound down.
The Saints managed just 252 yards of total offense in the game as the Denver defense stifled New Orleans for the majority of the game.
Fantasy studs and duds
Peyton Manning was masterful in the game, throwing for 305 yards and three touchdowns on 22-of-30 passing. Broncos running back Willis McGahee provided balance for the offense, rushing for 122 yards and once touchdown on 23 carries. Receiver Demaryius Thomas had another big game, with 137 yards receiving and one touchdown on seven receptions.
Drew Brees and the Saints offense stumbled, with Brees passing for just 213 yards, two touchdowns and one interception while completing 22-of-42 in the game.
Saints safety Roman Harper was injured early in the third quarter, but returned later in the game.
Did they cover?
The Denver Broncos easily covered the 6-1/2 point spread as the home favorites.
Sunday, Nov. 4, 1 p.m. ET: Denver at Cincinnati
Monday, Nov. 5, 8:30 p.m. ET: Philadelphia vs. New Orleans