Sep 29, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (27) runs the ball during the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
KUSA - Having scored a team-record 52 points in the latest win and 179 points in four games, Denver Broncos coach John Fox still sees room from improvement.
After taking an early look at this week's opponent the Dallas Cowboys, Fox said Monday afternoon the Broncos need to continue to improve their running game, play smart and not sit back late in the game.
"I expect us to get better in a lot of areas," Fox told reporters at Dove Valley. "We can be more consistent running the ball. We left points on the board, that personal foul penalty (on Knowshon Moreno late in the second quarter) knocked us out of field-goal range."
With Peyton Manning's record start, the Broncos' offense leads the league in points (44.8), total yards (483) and passing yards (363.8). The running game is coming around with 305 yards combined in the past two games after just 172 in the first two. Denver is averaging 119.2 yards rushing per game (15th in league).
The Cowboys' defense has allowed 400-yard passing games this season to San Diego's Philip Rivers on Sunday and the Giants' Eli Manning in Week 1.
"We're doing it pretty well as a team right now, and we need to keep that going," Fox said, "but if we spend time breaking our arms patting ourselves on the back it won't happen."
Peyton Manning, who has set an NFL record each week this season, is averaging 367.5 yards per game with an NFL-record 16 touchdowns and no interceptions in the first four games. He's completed 75 percent of his passes (117-of-156).
We want to be playing our best football in February," Fox said. "We're just in the race right now, but our goals are high, make no mistake about it. We felt like we had an opportunity a year ago and let it slip through our hands. There should be a fire in everybody's belly."
Fox said defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio did not go to Los Angeles after Sunday's game, despite reports circulating postgame that he was interviewing for the head-coach job at the University of Southern California.
"Everybody's a candidate. He's definitely qualified," Fox said. "I know Jack is focused on Dallas. ... I've seen plenty of job openings in my life in football. There are always 8,000 candidates."
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