The Broncos knew they were in for a rough night against the powerful Packers. If they were worried, it didn't show.
Their 29-10 victory in this highly-anticipated clash put an end to the talk that their offense needed work. If anything, it proved that they were capable of learning from past transgressions and rise above the negativity that surrounded them from Week 1, despite being undefeated this season.
The biggest treat for Denver fans? A glimpse of vintage Peyton Manning. The public needed a reminder of the Manning of old. And he gave it. The critics said Manning couldn't throw deep. But he did. He threw for 340 yards and led three touchdown drives in what many are saying was his best performance of the season.
The Broncos can no longer be considered the league’s worst undefeated team. Why? They finally achieved balance.
The team showed they were a force to be reckoned with, jumping to a 17-0 lead in the first half. It was the type of offense Gary Kubiak had been dreaming about for so long.
The Broncos developed a running game, with two touchdowns from Ronnie Hillman and 101 rushing yards from C.J. Anderson. The offensive line provided Manning ample time to establish a downfield passing game. All this had been missing before the bye week.
A couple of weeks ago, word was that the Broncos kept winning despite their offense. This time, they won because of it. And as we’ve come to expect, defense was top-notch, holding the Packers to just 10 points and holding Rodgers to an uncharacteristic 77 passing yards. He was sacked three times, while his receivers couldn't separate themselves from Denver’s unforgiving defensive backs. It was the first time this season Rodgers didn't throw a touchdown pass. That's something. A relieved Manning said, "I felt we beat a good football team tonight. It took the whole team. Great job by the defense".
The Broncos can enjoy their post-game meal, and Manning won't have to leave the room while the overhead TVs blare out his ‘woes’. Tonight, there were none.