Rapid Reaction: Broncos 34, Saints 14

October, 28, 2012
10/28/12
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DENVER -- A look at a solid 34-14 victory for the Denver Broncos:

What it means: This was Denver’s most complete, impressive game of the season. The Broncos put together a complete effort instead of just in the second half. Their reward is a 4-3 record and sole possession of first place in the AFC West.

Great defense: Denver’s defense was tremendous against Drew Brees and the Saints' offense. The Saints could not sustain many drives. This could have been a coming-out party for an improved Denver defense.

Mr. 300: This was Peyton Manning's fifth straight 300-yard passing game. It set a team record and it matches his personal best when he started the 2009 season with five straight 300-yard games. He completed 22 of 30 passes for 305 yards. Manning threw three touchdown passes and was not intercepted.

McGahee's milestone: Running back Willis McGahee rushed for 122 yards, his 33rd 100-yard game. It leads all active players.

Youngsters contribute: Rookie running back Ronnie Hillman and second-year tight end Virgil Green both had nice nights. Hillman, a third-round pick, had 86 yards on 14 rushes. Green had three catches for 44 yards. Expect both players to see their playing time increase as the season progresses. This could be an added boost for Denver.

What’s next: Denver plays at the Cincinnati Bengals next week as it tries to keep its hold on first place in the division.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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