Videos: Peyton Manning tells Broncos fans when to worship him in seventh straight win
The funniest moment in the broadcast of Denver's 31-23 victory over Tampa Bay took place after Peyton Manning waved his hands to quiet the ecstatic Mile High Stadium throng prior to a play. Cut to the crowd a few seconds later and everyone in the shot was sitting quietly, like chastised grade schoolers afraid of losing recess. That image spoke volumes about how the Broncos have changed since Peyton's arrival, and why the team keeps winning.
Once again, the Broncos correctly called the pre-game coin flip, and once again, they deferred in order to take the ball at the start of the second half -- an indication of the faith the coaching staff has in the rapidly maturing defensive unit, as well as an understanding that the O takes a while to get rolling.
And so it went on Sunday. While Denver scored a touchdown on its first drive, there were numerous sputters along the way -- a couple of negligible Knowshon Moreno runs before he cracked off a twelve yarder, incompletions to Demaryius Thomas and Joel Dreessen, and a misfire to Matthew Willis that turned into positive yards thanks to a Tampa Bay penalty. And after that TD, to unlikely target Mitch Unrein, the Broncos failed to rack up any more points during the first half, despite Manning's typically strong play and ability to improvise, including a first-down-gaining toss to Moreno while the latter was flat on his back -- a moment that was as amusing as it was effective.
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In the meantime, Tampa Bay registered ten points thanks to the combination of quarterback Josh Freeman, a young signal caller who's getting better by the week, and running back Doug Martin, whose nickname, "Muscle Hamster," suggests an Onion-approved slang term for an erect penis. ("And now, feast your eyes on my Muscle Hamster!") Due to a few lapses on the part of the Broncos' D, exemplified by a forty-yard strike to Mike Williams, and Denver went into halftime at a 10-7 deficit.
Which appeared to make Peyton Manning angry. And opponents don't like Peyton when he's angry.
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