September 27, 2009
If Knowshon Moreno’s groin hurt that bad, it didn’t show.
The Denver Broncos rookie running back, who was a late addition on the injury report Friday, said he was never worried about missing the game, even though he was listed as questionable. And for the second straight game, Moreno got more carries than starter Correll Buckhalter. Moreno got 90 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. Buckhalter picked up 108 yards on 14 carries.
“It’s a long season and we’re trying to stay healthy,” Moreno said of the rotation.
The Broncos are having good success rotating their backs, and will continue doing that.
“We try to keep a fresh back in the game most of the time,” Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said. “We don’t have a planned formula, we don’t set it up for certain carries.”
Receiver Brandon Marshall played his best game of the season. With the Broncos attacking the middle of Oakland’s defense instead of testing the cornerbacks on the perimeter, Marshall caught five passes for 67 yards and a touchdown.
“Brandon had a great week of practice, which translated into a great game,” quarterback Kyle Orton said.
Head’s up play
When Raiders running back Darren McFadden fumbled in the third quarter, safety Brian Dawkins was out of bounds. Dawkins smartly jumped in bounds, reestablished himself in the field of play and then recovered the fumble.
“I’ve watched the game long enough and played long enough to know that like a receiver, you need to have your two feet in bounds and establish yourself back on the field of play before you recover the ball,” Dawkins said.
Odds and ends
Cornerback Alphonso Smith left the game in the first half with an ankle injury. He was replaced at nickel cornerback by Jack Williams. … Although he missed two practices this week and was listed as questionable, receiver Brandon Stokley was active. He didn’t play much, however, and didn’t catch a pass.