Here we are, going into week four with a tough win and two heartbreaking losses on the books. I know 1-2 is not an enviable position for any team, especially going into the hardest part of the schedule. In order to remain in a respectable situation as far as records go, we're going to have to steal some games that most "experts" will undoubtedly pick the other team to win. This team can and will steal a few games down the stretch. Follow me after the jump to find out how!Generally, the month of September is a rough time for offenses in the league, especially when implementing new personnel and philosophies. It takes a little time to get those things down, especially if you are a player coming into a new system. A team has to be able to walk before they can run, so to speak. It is a problem that has an effect on both sides of the ball, but the complex nature of NFL offenses can put them at an even bigger disadvantage. This year, that problem has been exacerbated by the lockout shortened offseason. Teams that have continuity in their schemes and personnel are at a distinct advantage. The Denver Broncos started this season behind the 8-ball but the offense has and will continue to improve. The team will be capable of running more complex plays as the season progresses. Look for even more offensive improvement this week against a tough, defending champion Green Bay Packers team.
Yes, the Packers are the defending champs and they are 3-0, but they have a weakness and it is something the Broncos can exploit. The Pack are currently ranked 31st. against the pass. This could be a little misleading, because they are also ranked 1st against the run. Teams have had success throwing the ball on them and that is clear. To exploit this weakness, we need to pass the ball and have enough of a running threat to keep the defense honest. With Knowshon a full participant in yesterday's practice, we have a better shot at this proposition. Look for Decker and Lloyd to have a big part in the game plan. The Pack scouting report claims the Broncos have no deep receiving threat, I am sure Lloyd has something to say about that. We need the offense to put together a mistake free game. Execution problems need to be eliminated and penalties are a major no no. The Broncos as a team did a great job at limiting penalties last week. If we can couple that with better execution this week, we will see a vast improvement on the offensive side of the ball.
The Packers offense is ranked in the top ten in both passing and rushing, which represents the biggest challenge for the Broncos. Denver's defense needs to continue to play solid. Both Doom and Champ practiced yesterday on a limited basis. DJ was a full participant in practice. If we get all these guys back this week, all of a sudden we have that scary nickel package working for us. We should finally be able to generate the kind of pressure we seen in the preseason. This is sure to alter the Pack's game plan. If we can get Marcus Thomas back in the line up, our suddenly stout run D will get a lift as well. The key for this game will be the Broncos D making the Packers earn every yard gained. Limit the big plays and put some pressure on Mr. Rodgers with Von-Doom.
I have been blasted by people for claiming the Broncos have a chance at getting a win this week. Maybe I have been hitting the Kool-Aide a little hard, but I think this team does have a chance at Lambeau on Sunday. I will never count the Broncos out. If they have a game to play, they have a chance for a W. My glass is always half full, be it Kool-Aide or something a little stiffer. If this team continues to improve, week in and week out, their worst football will always be behind them and that is the best way to rebuild a team. That improvement will lead to wins where they aren't expected. Nobody ever said it was going to be easy, but this team is on their way back to respectability, even if their record doesn't quite reflect it right now.