This game should be a real test for the Denver defense. Consider: - Cleveland and Oakland are historically bad offenses. So bad that you really have to throw out those games when discussing the Denver D (not Denver's fault, but can't draw conclusions from those efforts). - Cincy got into Denver territory on every 1st half drive. 5 for 5. No points. --- 1st and 10 at DEN 43...Holding penalty --- 3rd and 3 at DEN 11...Short on rush and then high snap on FG --- 1st and 10 at DEN 34...Sack --- 3rd and 6 at DEN 27...Interception on tipped pass --- 3rd and 4 at DEN 49...Incomplete short pass - Cowboys 1st quarter drives totaled 119 yards, 9 first downs and 10 points. In fact, Dallas only had 1 drive in the whole game without a first down. - The Denver D played much better coming out of halftime, effectively giving up little in the first 4 drives after half against both the Boys and Bengals. Denver adjusted well. Boys/Bengals...not so much. - However, the D gave up huge late drives in both games (11 play 91 yd against Cincy, 10 play 78 yd against Dallas). None of these areas trend well for the Broncos this week. If Brady stays upright and the Pats offense doesn't commit bonehead penalties, this game could turn really bad really fast for the home team.