Denver Broncos (7-0) 29, Green Bay Packers (6-1) 10
Sunday November 1st 2015 (at Denver)
GAME RECAP (UNITED PRESS)
(DENVER) - DENVER -- After plodding along for much of the season and having a stout defense carry the team, the Denver Broncos offense found its footing and roared to life. Ronnie Hillman ran for two touchdowns and C.J. Anderson had another, and the Broncos used a bruising rushing attack and picked their spots passing to down Green Bay 29-10 Sunday night, remaining unbeaten and handing the Packers their first loss of the season. With their running game clicking and helping to open up passing lanes, Peyton Manning threw for 340 yards. It was his 186th career regular-season win, tying Brett Favre for most victories by a starting quarterback in NFL history. Demaryius Thomas was his favorite target, with eight receptions for 168 yards, his team-record-tying 31st game with at least 100 yards receiving. "Everybody on offense has been working hard to try to improve and play better and I thought we did that tonight," Manning said. "It proves when we do execute we are capable of making some big plays but you've got to do it every week." The Broncos improved to 7-0 to start a season for just the second time in their history. They got off to a 13-0 start in 1998. Green Bay fell to 6-1, snapping an eight-game regular-season winning streak dating to last year. "They took advantage of us in the run game and the pass game," Packers cornerback Casey Hayward said. "(Manning) had some turnovers in the previous games but he was still Manning. He commanded their offense tonight. They were coming off a bye, just like we were, and they were prepared." Added Packers coach Mike McCarthy: "That was a humbling loss. I haven't had my butt kicked like that in a long time." Denver's defense frustrated the Packers' high-powered offense, limiting Aaron Rodgers to 77 yards on 14 of 22 passing. He was sacked by DeMarcus Ware and fumbled early in the fourth quarter and in the scramble for the ball, it rolled into the end zone, where it was recovered by tight end Richard Rodgers for a safety. The Packers played much of the game without two of their top cornerbacks. Sam Shields was lost to a shoulder injury in the first quarter and his backup, Quinten Rollins, was knocked out with a shoulder injury as well during the second quarter. Trailing 17-7 at the half, Green Bay (6-1) pulled to within a touchdown on Mason Crosby's 56-yard field goal with 9:07 left in the third quarter. But Denver regained separation behind their resurgent running game, which scored more rushing touchdowns against the Packers than it had in the previous six games (two). Anderson burst through a hole in the middle of the line and accelerated into the clear en route to a 28-yard touchdown and a 24-10 lead. "We went out there wanting to make a statement," Broncos tight end Virgil Green said. "I feel like towards the end, we just had them. We were manhandling them and I felt good about our execution." Brandon McManus kicked his second field goal for the Broncos, a 24-yarder, with 12:25 remaining. Denver bolted to a 17-0 lead -- its biggest in a game this season -- before a penalty-aided Packers drive culminated in running back Eddie Lacy's 2-yard touchdown run with 2:58 remaining in the second quarter to pull Green Bay to within 10 at the half. The Packers benefited from two defensive penalties during the 80-yard scoring drive, including a roughing-the-passer call against blitzing safety David Bruton Jr., who leveled Rodgers an instant after he released a pass. Key completions by Manning helped set up Hillman's second scoring run. His 47-yard pass to Thomas set up a 15-yard scoring run by Hillman early in the second quarter and Thomas' 30-yard catch preceded Hillman's first TD run, covering 1 yard in the first quarter. McManus kicked a 50-yard field goal midway through the second quarter.
NOTES: Green Bay went without a sack for the first time in 43 regular-season games, snapping a team record and what was the longest active streak in the NFL. ... The Packers defense had not given up more than 13 first-half points this season before being tagged for 17 against Denver. ... Denver has yet to give up any points to the opposition in the first quarter this season. ... The teams each entered with 6-0 records, marking just the fourth time in NFL history two unbeaten teams had met this late in a season. ... Pat Bowlen, whose Broncos have gone to the Super Bowl five times and won two titles in his 32 years of ownership, was inducted into the team's Ring of Fame during halftime ceremonies. More than 40 members of the Broncos' first Super Bowl winning team in 1997, along with Bowlen's family, were on hand in a show of support for Bowlen, who is battling Alzheimer's disease and was not in attendance.
                         GREEN BAY        DENVER
First downs                     14            24
Rushes-yards                 21-90        34-160
Net Passing yards               50           340
Passing (Att-Comp-Int)     22-14-0       29-21-1
Sacked-Yards Lost             3-27           0-0
Punts-Average               5-46.2        3-40.0
Fumbles                        3-0           0-0
Penalties-Yards               2-15         11-93
Time of Possession           26:33         33:27
GREEN BAY -  0   7   3   0  - 10
DENVER    -  7  10   7   5  - 29
1st - DEN - Ronnie Hillman, 1-yard run (Brandon McManus kick) DENVER 7-0
2nd - DEN - Hillman, 15-yard run (McManus kick) DENVER 14-0
2nd - DEN - McManus, 50-yard field goal DENVER 17-0
2nd - GB - Eddie Lacy, 2-yard run (Mason Crosby kick) DENVER 17-7
3rd - GB - Crosby, 56-yard field goal DENVER 17-10
3rd - DEN - C.J. Anderson, 28-yard run (McManus kick) DENVER 24-10
4th - DEN - McManus, 24-yard field goal DENVER 27-10
4th - DEN - Safety, Aaron Rodgers fumbled and Richard Rodgers recovered in end zone DENVER 29-10
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Eddie Lacy 11-38 1 TD, Aaron Rodgers 2-31, Randall Cobb 1-10, James Starks 5-9, Alonzo Harris 2-2
DENVER - C.J. Anderson 14-101 1 TD, Ronnie Hillman 19-60 2 TD, Juwan Thompson 1-(-1)
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 22-14-77
DENVER - Peyton Manning 29-21-340 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Randall Cobb 6-27, Richard Rodgers 2-16, James Starks 2-9, Eddie Lacy 1-9, Davante Adams 1-8, Justin Perillo 1-6, James Jones 1-2
DENVER - Demaryius Thomas 8-168, Virgil Green 3-61, Owen Daniels 3-44, Bennie Fowler 2-21, Emmanuel Sanders 2-22, Andre Caldwell 1-24, C.J. Anderson 1-5, Ronnie Hillman 1-(-5)
Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (22) scores a touchdown in the second half. - Image credit: Rick Wood
Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (22) scores a touchdown in the second half. - Image credit: Rick Wood
NFC NORTH DIVISION STANDINGS
GREEN BAY    6   1   0   .857   174  130
Minnesota    5   2   0   .714   147  122
Chicago      2   5   0   .286   140  202
Detroit      1   7   0   .125   149  245
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
Sunday October 25th
Minnesota 28, DETROIT 19 - Teddy Bridgewater threw for a season-high 316 yards and two touchdowns, and the Minnesota Vikings beat the Detroit Lions 28-19 on Sunday. Adrian Peterson rushed for 98 yards as the Vikings (4-2) won an NFC North game on the road for the first time in three years. The Lions (1-6) had an 11-point lead after Matthew Stafford threw TDs on their first two drives, but they blew it because they couldn't protect the quarterback. Minnesota had a season-high seven sacks, which also was a season worst for Detroit. Vikings rookie Stefon Diggs had six receptions for 108 yards, including a go-ahead, 36-yard score on which he leaped from just inside the 5 and landed in the end zone in the third quarter. Peterson had a season-long 75-yard run on the Vikings' next drive, but they stalled and settled for one of Blair Walsh's five field goals.
BYES - Green Bay, Chicago

Sunday November 1st
Kansas City 45, Detroit 10 (at London) - Alex Smith threw for 145 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for 78 yards and a touchdown to lead the Kansas City Chiefs over the Detroit Lions 45-10 Sunday at Wembley Stadium. Smith scrambled his way through the Detroit defense for some big plays, including a career-high 49-yard run in the second quarter that set up his 12-yard touchdown run. The Chiefs (3-5) were playing at Wembley for the first time, while the Lions (1-7) played in London for the second straight season. De'Anthony Thomas, Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware also rushed for touchdowns for the Chiefs. Thomas ended up with 100 total yards, while West ran for 97. Travis Kelce and Jeremy Maclin caught TD passes in the second half.
Minnesota 23, CHICAGO 20 - Adrian Peterson ran for 103 yards and Blair Walsh kicked a 36-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Minnesota Vikings to a 23-20 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday. The Vikings had dropped seven straight at Soldier Field, and it looked like the streak would reach eight when Jay Cutler rolled to his right and plowed over safety Harrison Smith for a 4-yard touchdown with just under five minutes remaining. But two late scores lifted Minnesota (5-2) to its third straight win. Stefon Diggs turned a short pass into a 40-yard TD when he spun around Sherrick McManis and went up the left side, tying it with 1:49 left. After Chicago (2-5) punted, Teddy Bridgewater hit a leaping Charles Johnson for a 35-yard pass that put the ball on the 27. Two plays later Walsh booted the winner, pumping his right arm as the ball went through the uprights.