The Denver Broncos looked to start the season unbeaten and they did just that with a close three-point victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
The Denver Broncos have had to prove all doubters wrong this season despite having two deep playoff runs over the past couple of years. Peyton Manning will always be Peyton Manning, but his arm just doesn’t have the same power as it used to. He struggled in this one against the Minnesota Vikings, finishing 17-of-27 for 213 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions.
Ronnie Hillman got the offense going a little bit in the first half with a 72-yard touchdown scamper, possibly proving he deserves the starting running back job over the reeling C.J. Anderson. Hillman rushed the ball just 11 times, but picked up 103 yards and that long score.
After being held without a touchdown through the first two weeks of the season, Vikings’ star running back Adrian Peterson scored on a 48-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to pull Minnesota within three before later tying it, 20-20. It seems as if Peterson is still one of the best in the league.
Going up against Peyton Manning can be a bit daunting for an opposing quarterback, especially a second-year player like Teddy Bridgewater, but he rose to the occasion, passing for 269 yards and a touchdown on 27-of-41 completions.
Ronnie Hillman was the leading rusher of the game as the Broncos’ electric back finished with 103 yards on 11 carries, including a 72-yard score.
Adrian Peterson had to be selected from the Vikings as he really kept this team in the game with a 48-yard dash to the end zone. He finished with 81 yards and that touchdown on the day.
Demaryius Thomas had a solid day even when Peyton struggled to really get things going. He caught nine passes for 93 yards, leading all receivers.
Denver was a seven-point favorite coming into this one and the over/under was 43.5, so if you picked the Vikings to cover, you’re smarter than you think. Also, the under was successful with a total of 43 points scored.
The Broncos will be taking on the Oakland Raiders next week in an AFC West divisional battle. The Raiders are in second place in the division with a 2-2 record and the Broncos are on top with a 4-0 record.
Minnesota has a bye next week, but will battle the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Oct. 18. Currently, the Vikings are in second place in the NFC North with a 2-2 record and hoping to make up ground soon.
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