Broncos head coach John Fox instructs during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

Broncos To Face NFL’s Best Rushing Team For Second Straight Week In Eagles


The Denver Broncos have to move on quickly following their Monday night 37-21 win over the Oakland Raiders. Why? That’s because they have the high-octane Philadelphia Eagles to deal with come Sunday.

Tuesday afternoon, John Fox admitted that he had not even viewed last night’s game tape yet.

“I haven’t looked at it. We’re on to Philly. They’ve had 10 days [to prepare], we’re on six. All our focus is on Philadelphia.”

This will be the quickest turnaround time for the Broncos thus far. They had nine days to prepare for the Giants and seven days to prepare for the Raiders.

The fact that the Broncos played a running quarterback in Terrelle Pryor this week should help them a bit when they face Michael Vick.

“I likened Pryor a week ago to a young Michael Vick,” Fox said. “I think he’s got a lot of talent; he throws the ball very well. So there should be some carry over and that can work for you or against you.”

“In Atlanta he was kind of a run, play-action quarterback as well,” Fox added. “I think with the advent of the read-option in college football and now coming to our league, it [the Eagles' offense] fits him perfectly. He’s explosive. He’s going to have as many explosive runs as any quarterback in the league I would expect.”

Now the Eagles are the No. 1 rushing team in the league. That makes it two weeks in a row that the Broncos will face football’s best ground game.

Vick is coming into the game with 832 passing yards (56% completion rate), 5 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. It’s a far cry from Peyton Manning’s numbers, but Vick also has 18 carries for 187 yards and 2 touchdowns. That’s more rushing yards than any of the Broncos’ running backs have (Knowshon Moreno leads the team with 160 yards through three games).

Don’t toss that Raiders game plan to the side just yet, Coach Fox.

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  • Barry Soetoro

    The Denver defense is going to get tested BIG TIME—hope they pass.