After the Broncos marched 98 and 93 yards for touchdowns, the Saints must have been asking: "Who that?" When the Broncos scored in the third quarter for a commanding 31-7 cushion — yes, those Broncos were playing from way ahead for a change in the fourth quarter — they'd had 31 running plays for 153 yards and a 5.0-yard average. The Broncos finished with 225 yards on the ground on 41 runs.
Manning provided his usual exceptional effort — throwing for 305 yards and, for the fourth straight game, three touchdowns. Drew Brees was reduced to a light breeze. He extended his consecutive touchdown streak, but was as ineffective as the rest of the Saints.
Get this: The Saints were 1-of-12 on third downs. They seemed like the old Aints. The Broncos accumulated 531 yards, and the Saints, supposedly the No. 1 overall offensive team in the NFL, were held to a miserable 252. For the past six quarters the Broncos' defense has been the best in the NFL. And, like a two-by-four in the head, the Broncos have gotten the league's attention. The Broncos have outscored opponents 89-6 in the fourth quarter. But, for once, they outscored an opponent 17-7 in the first half, despite the Saints coach saying his team was right where it wanted to be at that point. Who dat?