Denver has had to deal with a plethora of injuries on both sides of the ball, but defensively they have seemed to adjust in a way that has generated success. Head Coach Vic Fangio has moved away from his recent tendency to blitz more often and, so far, that has been successful. The question is, will it work against a quarterback like Patrick Mahomes?
“It’s a fine line,” Fangio said of when to blitz Mahomes. “The definition of a great quarterback to me—one of the definitions—is that there’s no one way to play them. You can’t go pressure heavy. You can’t just void yourself of pressure. You can’t play all man. You can’t play all zone. You’ve got to mix it up because the great quarterbacks are too good, and this quarterback is definitely great. He’s got great weapons, they’ve got a great offensive scheme, and they’re really tough to beat. There’s no one way to play them or people would have tried it—as you’ve seen the scores—nobody has broken that code yet.”
Fangio is clearly looking to crack that code eventually. It may not come this week. It may never come against a guy like Mahomes. Denver sure will try, though.
Kickoff is set for 2:25 p.m. Mile High time on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. You can watch the live stream of the game through FuboTV or on your local CBS station.