One game is far too small of a sample size to make any proclamations.
As Adam Malnati and I opined on the latest Mile High Report Radio Podcast, you never know if what you saw in Week One is a mirage or real. Is it fools gold or did your team strike it rich?
Still, it’s hard not to get excited about the prospects, pun intended, about the duo of C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles after that one game. The Denver Broncos running backs combined for 30 carries and 121 yards rushing on Monday against the Los Angeles Chargers. Mike McCoy did an excellent job, especially through the first three quarters, of utilizing and mixing both into the offense and what they do well.
For the Broncos to have success on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, they need a similar performance. As Adam said on Thursday, Denver has to control both lines of scrimmage to improve to 2-0. The duo of Anderson and Charles will help open the passing attack for Trevor Siemian, keep the defense and the Cowboys offense on the sidelines, and help the Broncos control the clock.
Both Anderson and Charles were exciting to watch. They each bring different elements that makes Denver’s offense that much harder to defend. Whether you agree Charles fumbled, he needs to take better care of the ball. No one knows that better than him. Still, it was damn fun to see him make those customary cuts and runs in Broncos’ orange.
As the classic cliche goes, one game does not a season make. Remember that Denver had 148 yards rushing on 29 carries in the 2016 opener against the Carolina Panthers. The key is building on it and becoming consistent. The benefit is Anderson and Charles have the strong start to do just that.
You may not be able to make any proclamations after Week One, but Anderson and Charles laid the prospects for the Broncos to strike it rich.