DENVER – Finding that balance between the pass and rush on offense has been a priority for Broncos Head Coach Gary Kubiak and Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison since their arrival in Denver.
While the Broncos continued to make strides through the air, their run game sputtered and failed to make the impact the team hoped for in previous games.
But against the Packers, Denver found its footing as running back Ronnie Hillman punched in a pair of scores to put the Broncos up two scores on the Packers in the first half.
At intermission, the Broncos accrued 83 rushing yards on 16 carries for an average of 5.2 yards per rush. Heading into the game, the Broncos averaged 85 yards per game and just 3.6 yards per carry.
Here's how the touchdowns happened:
1. From one yard out
The Broncos and quarterback Peyton Manning orchestrated on of the most proficient drives of the season on their second possession. Marching from their own 17, Hillman punched in the opening touchdown from one yard out, the first Denver touchdown in the first quarter this season:
2. Second time's the charm
After wide receiver Andre Caldwell's touchdown was called back early in the second quarter, the Broncos gave it one more try. From 15 yards out, Hillman squeaked by the Packers defense to put the Broncos up, 14-0: