The Denver Broncos defense is once again bearing the burden for the team, while the offense continues to struggle to put points on the board.

The offense was once again held without a touchdown in the first quarter, failing to convert in the red zone again and settling for a Brandon McManus field goal on the Broncos’ second possession of the day. Peyton Manning was intercepted to open the game.

Denver was just 2-for-7 on third downs and had just 70 yards passing in the first half. Manning was 11-for-17 and his passes resulted in just 4.1 yards per pass.

Aqib Talib, however, gave Denver a huge boost with a 63-yard interception returned for touchdown, giving the Broncos the 10-0 lead they would take into halftime.

Brandon McManus missed a 51-yard field goal with less than 30 seconds left in the half.

The real story, though, was the Broncos’ continued offensive struggles, who have now gone more than six quarters without an offensive touchdown and repeatedly failed to convert in the red zone. Manning’s interception meant the Hall of Famer has two more picks than touchdowns through five and a half games. And worse yet, it appears that Manning’s teammates are growing frustrated with the inconsistent play of their leader.

As the first half in Cleveland unfolded, here’s how the Denver media weighed in on those three disturbing issues with the Broncos offense.

On the red zone offense…

On Manning’s turnover…

On Manning’s relationship with the offense…