Denver Broncos: Good, Bad, and WTF against the Oakland Raiders
The Denver Broncos stepped onto the grass of Mile High Stadium with one thing in mind, be perfect. They knew they would have to be pretty close to that in order to beat their division rival, the Oakland Raiders. That they were. A near flawless performance on both sides of the ball gave the Broncos a 16-10 victory. Allowing them to keep pace in the AFC West. Here is the Good, the Bad, and the WTF from Sunday’s victory.
The offense of the Denver Broncos had complete balance on Sunday. They were able to maintain drives and keep the defense of the Oakland Raiders on the field and off-balance. The steady mix of the run gave OC Mike McCoy many opportunities to mix in the play action pass. This allowed QB Trevor Siemian to pinpoint his wide receivers and be on target for most of the day.
The Denver Broncos defense, after 4 weeks, is the best in the NFL. Especially against the run. They only allowed 24 total rushing yards on 15 carries. The Raiders averaged 1.6 yards on the ground. In fact, in the first 4 weeks of 2017, the Broncos opponents are only averaging 1.9 yards on the ground. Additionally, they have faced some of the best RBs in the league. Each back they have faced is a previous Pro Bowl selection. This is a tremendous start to the season.
Penalties continue to hurt the Denver Broncos. During the action on Sunday, the refs penalized the Broncos six times for a total of 40 yards. The penalties are also coming at the most inopportune times as well. One of the six penalties came on a punt return in which returner Isaiah McKenzie had broken free down the sideline. He ended up inside the Raiders 15-yard line. However, the return was called back due to a holding penalty. The Broncos need to clean this up for the rest of the season.
- Red Zone Scoring
In a way, it is somewhat amazing that the Denver Broncos came out on top of this game. When you have 4 trips inside the red zone and do not come away with any points, that usually spells disaster. However, the defense of this team is good enough that the offense can have days like this and they will continue to be successful. Nevertheless, Vance Joseph needs to get this cleaned up because there will be days that his defense may not be so good.
- Von Miller
This is the second time this season that Vo Miller has been in this section. Why is he taking so many plays off? Especially late in the game. He is the star pass rusher of this team. He is needed on every down that he is supposed to be on. Even if he cannot get to the passer, he needs to be on the field and accounted for by the offense. That takes one extra player out of the pattern to be a blocker. This lessens the chances for success by the opposing offense. Mr. Von Miller, please take your plays off early and while on the field.
The Denver Broncos find themselves in the middle of a solid AFC West. With the victory on Monday Night by the Kansas City Chiefs, the Broncos find themselves alone in second place.
Next week the Denver Broncos have their bye week. They return in week 6 for a home game against the New York Giants.
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