Executive vice president of football operations John Elway says the Denver Broncos 51-48 win against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday was a “confidence builder.”
The win was the narrowest margin of victory so far this season for the 5-0 Broncos.
“If you look at the first four games compared to the last game, obviously we weren’t in a dog fight in the first four,” Elway said to Broncos TV. “We started out that way but we kind of ran away from everybody in the second half. This one was a dog fight. We didn’t have our best, our ‘A’ game. And even though offensively we played well, we slowed down in the second half and defensively struggled a little bit. But a lot of that credit goes to Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys offense and the fact that the played very well. They made a bunch of big plays. They kept battling. So it was a good win for us.”
The defense, which struggled for most of Sunday’s game, made the biggest play of the game with an interception late in the fourth quarter deep in Cowboys territory. Elway noted that the game provided a good experience for some of the younger players, who had to step up because of injuries on defense.
“We made a lot of mistakes on both sides of the ball and so hopefully we’ll get that cleared up,” he said. “It was good for the young guys. We had three guys go down. (Wesley) Woodyard went down. (Robert) Ayers went down and Chris Harris all went down so we had to have guys come off the bench and step in. It was a wake-up call for them also in the fact that it can happen at any point in time and when it does happen they have to be ready to play.”
Elway isn’t sure on the status of those injured players for the Broncos Week 6 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars.