Broncos Hump Day Hot Reads: Broncos Cruise Past Raiders

Sep 23, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (80) catches a touchdown pass during the first half against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The Broncos joined the 3-0 club on Monday night with a 37-21 win over the Oakland Raiders. Denver was up 27-7 at halftime and they were able to cruise in the second half. Peyton Manning led the way again this week with 374 yards and 3 touchdown. Eric Decker also had a big game, catching 8 passes for 133 yards.  Julius Thomas and Wes Welker each caught a touchdown this week as well and both have caught a touchdown passes in each game this year. The Broncos looked good again this week and here is what I liked, what I didn’t like this week, and what to look forward to next week.

What I liked

Defense keeping McFadden in check

I was very impressed by how well the Broncos did keeping Darren McFadden from having a big game. The Broncos held McFadden to just 9 yards on 12 carries. He did add a late touchdown and a passing touchdown on a trick play, but the Broncos contained him for most of the game. Quietly, the Broncos’ run defense has played very well through the first 3 games and they are ranked first in the league, only giving up 43.3 rush yards a game.  hey have held Ray Rice, McFadden, and the Giants backs to under 50 yards.

What I didn’t like

Ball’s Fumbling Issues

In the preseason it was Ronnie Hillman with the fumbling issue but now it looks like Montee Ball has caught a severe case of fumblitis. Ball coughed the ball up last week against New York and also fumbled again this week in the 2nd half.  Ball did look good aside from the fumble, carrying 11 times for 61 yards, but he needs to find a cure for this problem or he will be losing more game reps.  Hillman had a lot of carries in the 2nd half this week, Knowshon Moreno has looked good so far this season, and C.J. Anderson will be returning soon from his injury. Anderson was playing well before he got hurt and Ball could very easily find himself as the odd man out in the backfield if his fumbling issues continue to be a problem.

Looking Forward

The Broncos will host Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles Sunday afternoon. The Eagles are currently 1-2 but have been competitive in all of their games so far.  The Eagles Michael Vick-LeSean McCoy combo is similar to the Raiders Terrelle Pryor-Darren McFadden combo. Vick and Pryor are both dual-threat quarterbacks and McCoy and McFadden are both receiving threats out of the backfield as well as being the workhorse back for their team.  The Vick-McCoy combo has been more potent so far this season than the Pryor-McFadden combo. Expect this to be a very fast paced game because both teams have tendencies to speed up play and get to the line quickly in between plays.

The Broncos host the Eagles Sunday afternoon at 3:25PM Central time.

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  • veloci

    What I liked:

    The running game overall looked strong this week compared to previous weeks and the preseason. Hillman had a strong game and so did Ball and Moreno. Outside of the fumble, it was good to see a balanced offense that allowed Manning to tear apart the Raiders.

    What I didn’t like:

    The defense gave up some really big plays that could’ve been preventable. Granted, Ihenacho didn’t expect to collide with DRM (I believe it was), which gave a 70-yard play to Moore. The defense also let up on the gas late in the second half that allowed the Raiders to gain 14 points in the second half and some good drives along with them. If we want to win in the playoffs then we have to finish games.

    What was different:

    Unlike the previous two weeks the Broncos had strong scoring in the first half of the game, including a touchdown on the first drive. Unfortunately, their scoring in the second half was pitiful compared to the previous two weeks.

    • Derek Milder

      Thanks for the read and the feedback! I also thought the running game
      came around aside from Ball’s fumble. Hillman seems to be over his
      fumbling woes and he is looking very good. As for the defense I think
      when Ihenacho and DRC ran into each other that was just a fluke but I
      agree with you that we need to finish games because right now we are ok,
      but in the playoffs finishing games will be key.