The theme of the first half of Sunday Night Football has been turnovers and defense; turnovers by the Patriots forced by Broncos defenders have led to 17 Denver points.
Peyton Manning and the Broncos’ offense engineered an 11 play, 80 yard drive to open up the second quarter and assert themselves on that side of the ball as well.
Manning completed this 31 yard pass to running back Montee Ball down to the New England 36 yard line that helped setup an ensuing 10-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jacob Tamme.
The Ball reception:
And the ensuing touchdown pass to Tamme from Manning:
Manning has completed 8-of-12 passes for just 61 yards in the first half, but obviously the Broncos haven’t needed a great deal of production out of the quarterback spot to this point.
Tom Brady has gone 10-of-17 for 81 yards – in other words not much different than Manning – and Denver’s Knowshon Moreno leads all rushers with 18 carries for 107 yards and a 2-yard touchdown run.
Denver is 9-1 on the season and in first place in the AFC West, a half game up on the Kansas City Chiefs. New England is 7-3 and 2.5 games ahead of the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins.