DENVER – Whatever adjustments Head Coach John Fox and his coaching staff have made in the Broncos locker room at halftime this season seem to be working.
Denver is outscoring opponents 59-14 in the third quarter and 76-38 in the second half this season with those 76 points tops in the league by a wide margin.
The Broncos’ 26.8 second-half points per game this year are more than 25 teams entered Week 4 averaging for an entire game.
“I thought we made good adjustments at halftime and I thought our guys responded with those adjustments in the second half,” Fox said after Sunday’s 52-20 win against Philadelphia.
The Broncos didn’t waste any opportunities in the third quarter, with all three of the team’s drives ending with touchdowns.
Denver gained 214 yards on offense and picked up 18 first downs without even having to attempt a single third down in the quarter.
“Guys are doing a good job,” quarterback
Manning had a nearly perfect quarter throwing the ball, as he completed 15-of-16 passes for 158 yards and three touchdowns for a passer rating of 147.4.
Two of those touchdown passes went to wide receiver
“I really don’t know what it is. We come out in the second half, score fast and we put up points,” Thomas said. “I don’t know what it is. A spark or something. I have no idea.”
Manning’s success through the air helped open lanes in the run game and the team’s ability to move the ball on the ground kept the Eagles defense off balance.
“The running game was really solid in the second half,” Manning said. “You can go from first-and-10 to second-and-3. That makes for pretty good offensive execution and allows you do to do different things in the passing game and the running game.”
Nobody besides the coaches and players know what is said during halftime, but whatever it is has led to the Broncos being able to put the game out of reach in the second half.
“I think you make a few adjustments, I think we find our second wind – and that’s something we train for, to be able to play 60 minutes and to be able to finish in the second half,” wide receiver