All three phases were right on point for the Denver Broncos who beat up the Oakland Raiders 37-6 in a much needed week four win.
The offense was so on point that punter Britton Colquitt wasn’t needed to boot the ball. He only appeared on field goal and extra point attempts. The Broncos are just the 9th team in NFL history to post over 500+ yards and 37+ points while not allowing a punt or a sack.
Another game changing play game from special teams extraordinaire David Bruton in the third quarter. Bruton got his hands on a Shane Lechler punt allowing it to only travel 2 yards. The play pinned the Broncos right on Oakland’s 18-yard line. Four plays later, Willis McGahee ran it in for a touchdown, and a 24-6 lead.
“I have a game plan versus every wing, every week,” Bruton said. “I got exactly what I wanted, falling deep inside and just rushing his outside shoulder. I wasn’t even supposed to rush that one, but how he was playing me all game, he was playing my up-and-under…I saw that he had a soft shoulder so I just kept going and took a chance and put my hand up there and got my hand on the ball.”
If anyone was surprised that Bruton blocked the punt, they shouldn’t be. He blocked two of them in preseason games earlier this year. For many like Bruton, special teams is how you make the team.
Doing the little things each and every time matters most when there’s a breakdown on the other side. That’s how Bruton found his opportunity, and that’s how the Broncos won this one.