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September 25, 2013

Broncos find a few small flaws among the touchdowns

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Yes, there were a few flaws among all those touchdowns.

Because they’re facing a short work week, the Broncos will only receive a small “corrections reel” that details mistakes they made in their latest runaway win over Oakland.

And really, that’s probably all they’ll need.

Denver’s 37-21 victory over the Raiders was yet another near-perfect performance from Peyton Manning and an offense that essentially only gets stopped when it stops itself.

That happened in a few instances Monday night, giving Manning and coach John Fox just enough material to remind themselves that there’s work to be done.

“It’s still only Game 3. We’re not even a quarter of the way into the season,” Fox said Tuesday. “I hope we do a lot of improving.”

While there isn’t much room for Manning to improve after a 32-for-37, three-touchdown night that gave him a record 12 scoring passes through three games, there are areas around him that could use some shoring up.

Rookie running back Montee Ball lost his second fumble in two weeks. This one came when the Broncos were trying to run out the clock while leading by 23. It was a perfect, no-pressure opportunity to work on the so-called “4 minute drill” that the Broncos could not execute in their playoff loss to Baltimore last year, which, in turn, played a role in drafting Ball in the second round.

“It’s something we obviously need to get cleaned up,” Fox said. “We need to work at it very hard but he’s still going to play a lot of football for us.”

As will left tackle Chris Clark, whose overall solid night was marred by the blindside sack and fumble he gave up to Lamarr Houston in the third quarter. It was a play the Broncos could shrug off because they won big and nobody got hurt. Of course, not all blindside crushings of quarterbacks come without consequences.

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