With all the excitement over the big stimulus package that was the debut of Brady Quinn and the return of Kellen Winslow — turns out they're real, and they're fantastic — we all ignored the real issues: Jay Cutler and Brandon McDonald. The shy, self-effacing Broncos quarterback threw for 447 yards and three touchdowns, two of those over the mannequin-like McDonald, who also dropped two interceptions. And there you have it, folks: 34-30, Broncos; just like the old days. Some key Thursday Night Football observations: • Cutler owned McDonald, including beating him on TD passes of 93 yards to Eddie Royal and the 11-yard winner to Brandon Marshall with 1:14 remaining. Which is quite ironic considering this . • Speaking of Marshall, he was all prepared to make his big salute to Barack Obama after the winning touchdown, planning to pull out a black-and-white glove and give a stirring upraised-fist salute to the world. But then teammates reminded him that it might draw a penalty , which could lose them the game. And what good is world peace if you begin each day by being beaten to a fine paste and hung on a coat hook in your locker? • Quinn was 23-of-35 for 239 yards and 2 TDs, both to Winslow, who, presumably, went home after the game to shower .