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Broncos: High-noon Texas shootout, a look back

Published: October 7, 2013, 5:09 pm, by Paul Klee

To offset the government shutdown, Texas is doing its part, and Colorado chipped in.

Dallas and Denver shut down no one.

I like football most ways, but especially this way, with scores higher than Big Ten basketball games, where the last team with the ball wins. It doesn’t happen often in the NFL, and that’s probably good, because it’s even more memorable when it does happen.

Sunday at AT&T Stadium certainly was memorable.

I haven’t witnessed an NFL game quite like Broncos 51, Cowboys 48 (Final). Not in a stadium with as much sensory overload as AT&T Stadium, with two quarterbacks as needle-point precise as Peyton Manning and Tony Romo, or with two defenses that were entirely defense-less against them.

I do a lot of redfishing in Texas — John Fox tells me that he does his in North Carolina — and these quarterbacks against these defenses were a 38-inch bull red against a 5-weight fly rod. The ‘D’s got spooled.

When the score was 38-27, in favor of the Broncos, I looked at my notes and Manning was responsible for more touchdowns (five) than incompletions (four). At one point, the Broncos had the same number of touchdowns as third downs (four).

“He got out there and showed us some of those zoom-zooms,” Danny Trevathan said of Manning’s bootleg touchdown jog.

The most dominant player, at his position, was Dez Bryant, who might be as unstoppable as a player can be in the NFL. The Broncos won’t see a better wideout. Detroit isn’t on the schedule.

The Broncos are 3-0 in the NFC East. Who can beat these Broncos?

The Chiefs slipped past the Titans. The Colts beat Seattle, but Peyton won’t lose his return to Indy. The Pats scored six points on Sunday. The Saints, Seahawks and Niners look good, most of the time, but they wouldn’t present a problem until February. I was wrong, so far, about the Packers.

Can the Broncos keep up this scoring pace?

I think they will need to. Through little fault of its own, the defense is a shell of itself, with five key players missing the second half of Sunday’s game. Champ Bailey and Von Miller will return, but there’s no announced plan for Robert Ayers, Chris Harris and Wesley Woodyard. Good thing it’s the Jags and a 27.5-point spread next Sunday.

“I don’t look at point spreads,” John Fox said today at Dove Valley.

The Jaguars have scored 51 points in five games. The Broncos scored 51 points in four quarters. The Broncos would win with Zac Dysert, or Zac Efron, or, since I’m still in Texas, Zac Brown Band, at quarterback.

Who knows if we will see another high-noon Texas shootout like we saw Sunday.

Sure wouldn’t mind it, though.

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