Hello folks! Here is another week of "Unfinished Business". I will talk about the Monday night game and the upcoming match with the Eagles at home.
Well the Broncos are 3-0 with a 37-21 win over the Raiders. I thought Peyton Manning was his efficient, future hall of fame self going 32-37, 372 yards, 3 TDs and no picks. It was certainly a better outing compared to this time last year on MNF. I saw a solid effort by all of the Broncos receivers tonight. Defensively, the run D was stellar with shutting down Darren McFadden for most of the night. The only exceptions were the late TD run and the pass to Marcel Reece. There were some things that worried me during the game. The biggest one was the turnovers in the second half. One was a sack of Manning (looking at you on that one Chris Clark) that caused a fumble and the other one was the Montee Ball fumble late in the game when Denver was trying to run out the clock. Clark was decent, but not great. He should become stronger as the season goes on. Ball keeps going from the penthouse to the outhouse with those killer fumbles. One day this will bite him and the Broncos if it is not taken care of. Ronnie Hillman was running hard and got the message with the way he held the ball. Fortunately, while the turnovers led to 14 points, the game was still won. I thought the pass rush was poor at times and the secondary was not at its best giving up a ton of yardage. I don't know if it was from injuries or Jack Del Rio wanting to keep the coverage soft. As one that despises the conquered raider "nation", I never want to let up when winning against them and I hate seeing Denver give up scores. I hope the injuries are not too severe since we have a short week to prepare for the Eagles. Fortunately, the MNF game gave somewhat of a blueprint on how to stop them, but the turnovers need to end or this could be a challenging afternoon on Sunday. The scary thing for the league is Denver has not even come close to playing a perfect game yet. When that happens, watch out.
Now for next week's game against Philadelphia. The Eagles have had some extra rest since playing the Chiefs last Thursday. They could have won the game if it weren't for the five turnovers that gave the Chiefs easy scoring chances. If you give the other team chances like the Eagles did, you will get burned. This game looks like another test against the defense with the spread option. Michael Vick runs this offense well, but the key is keeping him from running out of the pocket and force some turnovers. LeSean McCoy is very dangerous and is able to take any carry the distance. With that kind of threat, the linebacking corps will need to be very speedy. On passing plays the defense must make sure to make Vick roll to his right instead if his left. His throws are not strong in that scenario. If the Denver D is not up for the task, this could be a wild west shootout. From what I saw from last week's Chief/Eagle game, the Broncos should be able to go man on pass coverage. Against the run, the D must keep their assignments and not bite on the fakes. If this doesn't happen, we will see too many long runs. On offense, the Broncos will need to again use the altitude to its advantage. Manning running the hurry up on Philly's D to get a lead will be to Denver's advantage. As far as special teams are concerned, it looks like Chip Kelly likes to throw in some trick plays that he used at Oregon. He tried the "swinging gate" on an extra point attempt against the Chiefs and failed miserably. In the NFL, you must get every point you can especially the sure thing extra point kick. If Denver keeps from making minimal mistakes should put this game in the win column.
On an different subject, I want to thank US Senator Mark Udall (CO) for helping ensure that the Broncos will be on in New Mexico and southwest Colorado every week during the regular season. Normally the Albuquerque TV market (which also serves Durango and Cortez, CO) would show all Dallas Cowboys games on the local Fox affiliate and the Broncos on the CBS station. In the event of a TV schedule conflict when the Cowboys and Broncos games being played at the same time on the same station, the game shown depended which network had the game. The good news is now we fans in the region don't have to worry about it anymore. It's going to be sweet to see the Cowboy fans here locally have a fit when their team is not on this Sunday. While I disagree with practically everything Senator Udall stands for, I can respect and thank him for his effort on this subject. That's it for now and GO BRONCOS!!!