Monday Night’s Football game will be billed as a battle of Favre versus the potent Broncos running attack or some such creation by the staff at NBC, but these things can only be thrilling for say, a decade or so before they’ve run their course. Lest I remind Packers fans that the it was the Broncos who, 10 seasons ago, ruined Favre’s chance to be the greatest quarterback ever and establish a dynasty for the Packers. You knew I’d bring it up.
Rather than watch Favre sling it out against an aging and injured Denver secondary, all eyes should be on the Packers pathetic excuse for a running game against the Broncos freeway-style run defense. Frankly, they’re both awful, despite marginal improvements in recent weeks. The Broncs looked reasonably stout against the Steelers last week, who somehow thought it was a good idea to pass the entire game. Maybe running seemed too obvious. The Pack had a few decent runs in their loss to the Bears and have managed to find the end zone enough to have not lost total hope. But for two teams trying to prove they can compete despite their respective handicaps, this game is monumental.
For the Packers: Lacking a true starter, the Pack shuffle in Deshawn Wynn, Brandon Jackson, and Vernand Morency, a three-headed monster akin to the Wennington-Longley-Purdue of the Bulls Championship teams. The Pack would love for someone to step up, and frankly if they can’t run against Denver, they couldn’t run on the Roughriders (either one). So Monday at
Mile High InvesCo will be the test for the Packers season. They can’t win the NFC without a running game, and if they can’t run on Denver, it’s hopeless.
For the Broncos: Last week was good, but not enough to hang our hats on. The Steelers didn’t seem to want to run much, and every other team has shredded the Broncos D like warm cheese. With a D-line that lacks experience and runstoppers, the Broncs are going to be vulnerable all season. The D is giving up 176 yards a game on the ground, a full 20 yards more than the 31st ranked Dolphins. But like manna from heaven, the Green Bay Packers come to town with the worst running game the league has seen in years. Brandon Jackson and Vernand Morency look like the reincarnation of Keith Woodside and Brent Fullwood of the Majikowski-era Packers. If ever there was a chance to build momentum and break the stigma of being the worst against the run, this is it.
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