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NFL roundup: Broncos back on track

Denver, Dallas, Green Bay roll

November 27, 2009

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Broncos 26, Giants 6

Denver — Kyle Orton drove Denver on six scoring drives, Matt Prater kicked four field goals, and safety Brian Dawkins led a ferocious defense 48 hours after calling a players-only meeting, and the Broncos beat the New York Giants on Thursday night.

Elvis Dumervil dumped Eli Manning twice, extending his NFL-leading sack total to 14. Dumervil’s second one came in the fourth quarter and resulted in a fumble that sealed Denver’s first win since Oct. 19.

Hosting their first Thanksgiving game since 1963 in the AFL, the Broncos returned to the physical style of play that marked their 6-0 start and ditched the sieve that was their defense during their four-game skid.

The Broncos outgained the Giants 213-38 in the first half but settled for field goals on three drives, including their first two trips inside the Giants 10-yard line as they continued their monthlong red zone struggles.

That led to an embarrassing mistake by the NFL Network, which accidentally aired a profanity from Broncos coach Josh McDaniels.

Cowboys 24, Raiders 7

Arlington, Texas — Miles Austin couldn’t stop smiling, soaking up the cheers as he stared at himself on the giant video screens over the field. Then Tony Romo really soaked him, splashing a cup of water in his face.

All part of the fun for the Dallas Cowboys in their Thanksgiving rout of Oakland. Romo snapped the Cowboys from their offensive slumber by leading them to a season-high 494 yards, with Austin delivering 145 yards and a touchdown.

Packers 34, Lions 12

Detroit — Aaron Rodgers matched a career high with three touchdown passes, and Green Bay beat Detroit.

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