Good morning, Broncos Country!
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: The best path to success for the Denver Broncos is to run the football and try to limit the damage the running game does on defense.
If that sounds like a broken record, well, it is. This song has been so overplayed the vinyl has developed a scratch. All jokes aside, that’s the key today against Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.
In terms of the Denver defense, we all know the No Fly Zone and the Sack City defense will do its job. What will determine this game is how the Broncos do against LeGarrette Blount and Dion Lewis catching passes. If this game resembles that of the Atlanta Falcons, it won’t be pretty. If Denver mimics the second half against the Tennessee Titans, the Broncos have a great chance.
Then it comes down to the offense. Denver has to run it more than nine times. As I said on the Mile High Report Radio Podcast, that reminds me of "Ferris Bueller’s Day Off." "Nine times? Nine times." Whether that leads to success in the running game is thinking too big at this point. Let’s just start with running it more than nine times.
Justin Forsett will get the majority of the work today. Despite his fumble on his first carry, Gary Kubiak will turn to a player he knows he can trust in a big game. Forsett has now had a game and week of preparation. He knows the blockers in front of him better and he could play a big role in this game. Of course the bar isn’t exactly set high at this point, but he could have a good game.
For the Broncos to continue the trend of success at home against Brady, Belichick and New England, those two aspects have to happen.
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