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Scoring not a strong point for Broncos

Jeff Legwold
The Denver Post

Josh McDaniels once called plays for the highest-scoring offense in NFL history – the 2007 New England Patriots, who set a season record with 589 points. His chief problem was sifting through plays Tom Brady could use to score touchdowns.

Now on the doorstep to his first season as the Broncos’ coach, McDaniels still has decisions to make. It’s just a different set of problems on offense.

“We’ve got to fix some things,” McDaniels said after the Broncos’ 27-17 loss Sunday night to Chicago dropped them to 0-3 in the preseason. “We have a lot of work to do.”

The numbers aren’t pretty. Denver’s offense, with the majority of the expected starters on the field, has thrown more than twice as many interceptions (five) as it has constructed touchdown drives (two).

Only one of those touchdown drives has come with starter Kyle Orton at quarterback. Couple that with the Broncos losing a fumble and collecting a bevy of penalty flags, and the Sept. 13 season opener at Cincinnati doesn’t seem far away with a long to-do list remaining.

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