2. The Broncos found out just how important Wes Welker is to their offense. Welker missed the game after suffering his second concussion in four weeks, and the Broncos missed his play-making presence as a slot receiver. Denver leans on Welker, especially on third down, and it was no coincidence that the offense struggled to move the ball in his absence. In the second quarter, the Broncos didn't make a first down, and they finished the quarter with three consecutive three-and-outs.
"Players need to step up and make plays, and we will," Broncos running back Montee Ball vowed.