It tuns out that the Broncos are quite talented on defense. They held the Cowboys’ starters scoreless in Saturday’s 23-13 preseason victory. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: I hate reading too much into preseason games. However, this is a great sign for the Broncos’ defense and if they can follow the strategy they used against Dallas in the regular season, they could be a top defensive team in the league. I know what you’re thinking. The Broncos practiced against them for two days before they played the game. They knew what to expect from Tony Romo and the rest of the Boys’ all too well. That may be true, but the fundamentals need to be there in order to read plays and execute the defensive stop. The Broncos were going up against the biggest offensive line in the NFL with the players averaging 327 pounds.
You can tell that the Broncos put in a lot of work on defense since they played the Texans a week ago. Last week, the pass rush was non-existent, but this week Romo was forced to throw many incomplete passes. It also helped that the Cowboys couldn’t get their running game going possibly because big Dewayne Robertson (acquired from the Jets) was healthy and ready to play.
Overall, I was impressed with the way the team played. Jay Cutler was impressive and Eddie Royal continues to show signs of brightness. Cutler showed some signs of life against the 3-4 defense, completing 12 straight passes, which is great practice for the Chargers’ 3-4 defense.
When it’s the Cowboys getting frustrated and committing unnecessary roughness penalties, you know things are looking up for the Broncos.