Broncos edge Saints in shootout

Brandon MarshallThe red-hot Broncos earned their third win of the year, edging out the New Orleans Saints in a wild 34-32 shootout in Denver on Sunday. Saints’ kicker Martin Gramatica missed a 43-yard field goal that would have given New Orleans a 35-34 lead late in the fourth quarter.

Both quarterbacks put on an aerial show, with Drew Brees throwing for 421 yards and a touchdown and Jay Cutler finishing with 264 yards and two scores. Reggie Bush had another monster game, catching 11 passes for 75 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for 73 yards and a score. And Denver WR Brandon Marshall was sick again, hauling in six passes for 155 yards and a touchdown. (How do you not triple cover that guy if you’re a defensive coordinator? He’s phenomenal.)

The Broncos look great. Their defense hasn’t played as well as people expected them to, but Cutler and the offense is playing with a ton of confidence and they’re shredding defenses through the air. They play at Kansas City next week, then return home to play Tampa and Jacksonville in Weeks 5 and 6. It’ll be interesting to see how good Denver’s offense can be against two of the better defenses in the league.

I really thought the Saints could be potential Super Bowl contenders this year and they still might be. But after all of the offseason additions, the defense still looks shaky. New Orleans still has issues in the secondary and especially in getting off the field on third downs. When your offense puts up 20-plus points a week, you should win more games than you lose.

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