Sean Payton Aug 26, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos head coach Sean Payton following the preseason win over the Los Angeles Rams at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos won their fourth consecutive game this week after noticing a comeback win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night. And head coach Sean Payton thinks there’s one big reason why his team was able to get the win: they protected the ball.

Even though the Broncos weren’t particularly dominant on Sunday night, particularly on offense, the Broncos won the turnover battle by forcing three Vikings turnovers and not turning it over themselves. Payton thinks that was the key to victory.

“If you just looked at the stat line you would see Minnesota did a lot of things better than us. We really struggled offensively, especially on third down,” Payton said. “The one thing we did, we took the ball away three times and we didn’t turn it over, so that becomes the trump card in a game like this.”

Payton acknowledged that it wasn’t necessarily the cleanest game from his team, but winning the turnover battle proved to be the difference.

“We were fortunate to win. I’m proud of our fight. There’s still a lot we need to clean up, but the turnovers and the takeaways can do that for you when you’re not playing how you want to,” Payton said.

[Pro Football Talk]