DENVER -- The Denver Broncos played their first game of 2011 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Saturday, and while the game was a welcome home moment for old Broncos, the new players introduced themselves without hesitation.
The Bills took the early lead with a 40-yard field goal by Rian Lindell on their opening drive, but after the teams traded punts, the Broncos offense found a groove as McGahee scored two unanswered touchdowns on back-to-back drives to give Denver a lead it wouldn't relinquish.
McGahee used a 20-yard screen pass to set up his first touchdown, which came on a 1-yard carry at the beginning of the second quarter. He finished off his day by catching a swing pass and running 13 yards for his second score on the next drive.
"We did a lot of good things out there," quarterback
McGahee finished with 6 yards on five carries and two receptions for 22 yards to complement his two touchdowns. Fellow running back
Orton's biggest target was receiver
"We do a lot of stuff on the line now where I don't have to signal to him. I just have to go over and take a look at him, and he's got an idea of what I want to do," Orton said. "I've worked the longest with him and he's a special player. He's one of the best route-runners in the league and certainly everybody sees how he can go up and get the football and jump for the ball. He's a top-flight player."
With a running game stabilized by McGahee and Moreno and a passing game flourishing with Orton and Lloyd, the Broncos offense was difficult to stop.
"If you can do all three things -- if you can throw it, if you can run it and if you can be good in the screen-game, it's going to be really tough for defenses to say they're going to sit there and dial up a ton of blitzes and try to take away a specific part of your game, because you can just do too many things," Orton said.
While it was tough for the Bills to successfully blitz Orton and the first-team offense, the Broncos had little trouble. Miller blew by left tackle Demetrius Bell for his first NFL sack midway through the first quarter and defensive end
"It was great," Miller said about his sack. "I knew on the play that (Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen) had called, we were going to have great coverage on that play and we did. It was crunch time. We needed a play and I was able to get back there."
Miller also made a key tackle midway through the second quarter, standing up Bills running back C.J. Spiller in the open field and had another sack wiped away due to an offsides penalty.
"That guy has a get-off," Dumervil said. "I don't know, we may have to look at it on film because maybe he did time that ball (on the nullified sack). I don't know, his get off is that good. He has a really quick step and that's going to be great for us. It's good to have Von out here."
Miller helped the first-team defense hold Buffalo to just 90 total yards of offense and three points in the first half. The unit also had an interception from linebacker
The Bills scored their lone touchdown in the fourth quarter on the Broncos' third string defense, but the game was out of reach by then. Quarterback
"I was excited," Quinn said. "I obviously knew I'd get a chance to go in a little earlier. I knew I probably wouldn't be as stiff going into the game. It felt good."
The Broncos return home next week to play the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday, Aug. 27. The Broncos played well to beat the Bills but know there is still improvement to be made.
"It's just about growth," safety