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Emmanuel Sanders has the potential to have a huge game. With all of the focus on the hip of Demaryius Thomas and the beat up Indianapolis Colts secondary, Sanders is primed to make this his day.
Add to that the way the Denver Broncos should run the football, and you see why Sanders is the player to watch on offense. Even if Thomas does play, that’s still the case. If Thomas suits up, how effective he will be is a huge question. I don’t think it’s worth the risk, but Gary Kubiak and the training staff know better than me.
Since both Vontae Davis and Patrick Robinson are out for the Colts, the ability to test the field gets more appealing. The question then becomes will Trevor Siemian abide or will he continue to play it safe? Now is the game to open it up. The pieces are there, it’s just a matter of putting it all together.
The success of the Broncos running game will allow for big plays to happen. Siemian has to remain sharp and not commit turnovers, but those plays to Sanders will be there.
Denver has to take advantage of this opportunity on offense. In the Mile High Report Radio Podcast that Adam Malnati and I did, my bold prediction was C.J. Anderson and the Broncos would rush for over 200 yards.
One way to ensure that happens is the passing game keeps the Colts defense honest and at least attempts to go down field. Test that beat up Indy secondary. Don’t be hesitant to use Sanders’ speed. Add that wrinkle to the offense.
In three career games against Indy, Sanders has caught 14 passes for 188 yards and one touchdown. After Sunday, those numbers should go up in a big way.
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