Good morning, Broncos Country!
Another week, another game of repeat when it comes to the Denver Broncos.
"Is this the game the offense runs the football?" "Will Gary Kubiak and the coaches stick with the running game?" "Will running plays actually be called? Especially on the first possession of the game?" Given that Kubiak said earlier this week he and the offense won’t change anything when it comes to that aspect of the game, that doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.
Yet those questions hold the key to whether the Broncos leave New Orleans with a win. It’s painfully obvious the current quarterback is incapable of just about anything in the NFL and needs a ton of help. As Adam Malnati and I talked about on the Mile High Report Radio podcast, the offense’s success starts and finishes with the running game.
At this point, the offense doesn’t need to score points. Let’s start small and work up. Denver’s offense needs to hold the ball for more than three plays per possession. At least get six or nine out of drives to ensure the defense doesn’t spend another 40 minutes on the field. Even if you don’t pick up a ton of yards, at least the clock doesn’t stop when you call a running play. Plus you limit the amount of time the quarterback has the ball in his hands, which at this point is a major win.
If the Broncos can do more than three-and-out, they have a puncher’s chance because the defense isn’t on the field. The defense needs all the help it can get in this steep challenge that is Drew Brees and this Saints offense. Any hope Denver’s offense can keep pace with the New Orleans machine just vanished quicker than beads at Mardi Gras.
The best way for the Broncos offense to help the defense is to keep Brees on the sideline as long as possible. That means run the football. I don’t care if it’s three straight running plays, at least the clock doesn’t stop. You never know: Denver did beat the Kansas City Chiefs when it threw the ball two times.
Use that as the model. Even if it’s not consistent, stick with it.
View it another way: A prevent offense. It may not lead the Broncos to a win, but at least it limits the pounding the defense takes.
If the trend continues that Denver cannot or does not run the football, the results will remain the same. In the last five games, the Broncos have lost three. With it, any chance at the playoffs gets even further out of reach.
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