Broncos Notes: Special teams struggle continues as Denver holds on to win in Philadelphia

Broncos Sports Briefs: Broncos-Eagles coverage We’ll have up-to-the-minute Broncos and NFL news on Sunday afternoon on Fox Sports 4. With the Broncos’ powerful special teams corps in question, the unit had a rocky day…

Broncos Notes: Special teams struggle continues as Denver holds on to win in Philadelphia

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With the Broncos’ powerful special teams corps in question, the unit had a rocky day in their 22-10 loss to the Eagles.

Before kickoff, the Broncos’ special teams battled back from a 10-7 deficit on a 48-yard field goal by Brandon McManus with 1:47 left in the second quarter to give Denver a 16-10 lead.

It took the Birds an additional three plays to score the game-tying point on a 1-yard run by Corey Clement on a read option.

After the Eagles scored, All-Pro punter Britton Colquitt helped to the start of a six-play, 64-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard touchdown run by LeGarrette Blount.

The Broncos couldn’t get it done after that as they allowed six field goals in the second half.

McManus also missed a 47-yard field goal at the end of the third quarter as well as a 30-yarder with 8:31 left in the game.

Getting back on track

Speaking of special teams struggles, the Broncos defense was able to get back on track after giving up nearly 500 yards of offense in their previous two games.

The Chargers and Raiders combined for 112 rushing yards in that span, but the Broncos defense held the Eagles to 39 yards on 20 carries.

Denver did allow Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz to throw for 229 yards, but the Broncos defense forced two turnovers and made just enough stops to claim the victory.

The Broncos sacked Wentz five times.

Now, they’ll get a much-needed bye week to improve their ailing secondary that has struggled through much of the season.

Run, run, run

The Broncos ran the ball with offense from the opening kickoff and finished with 131 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries.

Key play

The Broncos’ defense held strong against the Eagles’ running game in the second half. After the Eagles scored on their second drive of the third quarter to pull within 16-10, McManus hit a game-tying 48-yard field goal with 1:47 left in the second quarter.

Then it happened again. The Birds, led by big-play tight end Zach Ertz, drove 58 yards on the first possession of the second half, and scored on a 1-yard run by Clement to pull within 16-10.

On the ensuing possession, McManus hit a 48-yard field goal to give the Broncos a 16-10 lead.

Up next

The Broncos will have two weeks to prepare for a rematch with the Panthers in Carolina as they close out their season.

Ryan Clady, who was released last week, signed with the Broncos today.

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