Posted by: Jeremy | October 20, 2009

Orton, Broncos keep rolling


Eddie Royal takes it home

Eddie Royal takes it home

Remember when the Broncos snuck by the Bengals in Week 1 on that fluke tipped passed in the final minute, and how just about everyone (with seemingly good reason) dubbed it a battle of the league’s two worst teams? Well, Cincinnati bounced back, winning four of five before losing at home Sunday to the Texans. The Broncos, meanwhile, stayed undefeated tonight with 34-23 road win in San Diego, matching Minnesota’s 6-0 record atop the NFL.

A pair of return toucdowns by Eddie Royal kept Denver in it at halftime, and a second half light show by the great Kyle Orton was enough to erase a three-point deficit en route to the win. The quarterback, previously famous for his wild partying habits and neck beard, threw for 146 yards and two touchdowns in the second half. Tight end Tony Scheffler caught the first of Orton’s scores — a 19-yarder in the third quarter — and raced 52 yards to set up a late Brandon Stokley score to put the game out of reach.

The Broncos’ defense, which came in having given up a league-low 43 points in five games, kept the Chargers out of the end zone after halftime, surrendering just a Nate Kaeding field goal midway through the third. Philip Rivers was sacked four times in the second half alone, including twice by Elvis Dubervil, giving him a league-best 10 through six games.

After a Week 7 bye, things get interesting for the Broncos — a road date with the Ravens, followed by a Monday nighter at home against the Steelers.

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