Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Broncos take battle of unbeatens

Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman scores on a 15-yard run in the second quarter,  outracing Packers safety Micah Hyde to give Denver a 14-0 lead.

Getty Images

Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman scores on a 15-yard run in the second quarter, outracing Packers safety Micah Hyde to give Denver a 14-0 lead.

DENVER — In only the fourth meeting of teams 6-0 or better, Peyton Manning tied Brett Favre's NFL record with his 186th regular-season win and Denver's defense rattled Aaron Rodgers into one of the worst games of his career in the Broncos' 29-10 victory over the Packers on Sunday night.

Wearing the blue jerseys they did in beating the Packers for their first Super Bowl win in 1997, the Broncos piled it on in the fourth quarter, when defensive end DeMarcus Ware sacked Rodgers and the ball ended up in the end zone for a safety.

The Broncos improved to 7-0 for the first time since 1998, when they won the Super Bowl after finishing 14-2.

Rodgers of 14 of 22 for just 77 yards for the Packers — the lowest of his career in a game where he wasn't knocked out by injury. Rodgers was sacked three times and the Packers had just 140 yards of offense to Denver's 500.

Though neither quarterback threw for a touchdown, Manning threw for 340 yards on 21 of 29 passing.

Any more questions about the Broncos' worthiness as a contender or even an unbeaten?

Hillman ran for two touchdowns and when he was on the sideline with a sore thigh, Anderson ran through a defense missing Clay Matthews for a 28-yard score, his first of the season, to put Denver up by two touchdowns late in the third quarter.

Both Matthews and Hillman returned the next series.

Anderson ran for 101 yards and Hillman 60, and Demaryius Thomas caught eight passes for 168 yards.

Also making a sudden appearance in Denver's offense were the tight ends — as targets. Freed up from blocking with the offensive line meshing like it hadn't all season.

Virgil Green caught three passes for 61 yards and Owen Daniels had three for 44.

At halftime, the Broncos inducted ailing owner Pat Bowlen into their ring of fame. Bowlen, 71, stepped down from his daily duties running the team 15 months ago to fight Alzheimer's and did not attend.

"I am so honored to accept this honor for my husband," said Bowlen's wife, Annabel. "… I think we can all agree that Pat's next stop should be the Pro Football Hall of Fame."

Broncos7107529
Packers073010

Broncos take battle of unbeatens 11/01/15 [Last modified: Sunday, November 1, 2015 11:47pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Buccaneers-Vikings Turning Point, Week 3: Overreaction vs. reality

    Bucs

    "None of us really know how this group of 53 guys is going to come together and how we're going to play this season."

    Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs torched a porous Bucs secondary Sunday with eight catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns. [Getty Images]
  2. Jake Dotchin on rule violation: 'It's hurting me'

    Blogs

    While defenseman Jake Dotchin continues to practice with the Lightning, it's uncertain when - or if - he'll get any preseason action.

    Jake Dotchin violated an unspecified team rule, which is why he hasn't played in the first four games.
  3. PolitiFact: Trump's Mostly False claim that NFL ratings are 'way down'

    Bucs

    The statement

    "NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country."

    Quarterback Jameis Winston is sacked during the first half of the Bucs' 34-17 loss to the Vikings on Sunday. (LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times)
  4. Bucs couldn't connect on or stop deep passes in loss to Vikings

    Bucs

    If two things were established as storylines entering Sunday's Bucs-Vikings game, it was that Tampa Bay was still struggling to establish the deep passes that were missing from its offense last year, and that …

    Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) gets into the end zone for a long touchdown reception as Bucs free safety Chris Conte (23) cannot stop him during the second half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  5. Nine Gators, including Antonio Callaway and Jordan Scarlett, face felony fraud accusations

    Blogs

    Nine Florida Gators face at least 62 potential felony charges on accusations of credit card fraud. 

    Star receiver Antonio Callaway is among at least four Florida Gators who face potential felony charges on accusations of fraud.