Dec 8, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball (28) runs with the ball during the second half against the Tennessee Titans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 51-28. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos RBs Montee Ball, Knowshon Moreno Hitting Late-Season Stride


The Denver Broncos are the 12th best running offense in the NFL, a fact that is completely overshadowed by their unbelievable passing offense. Before the season, people were trying to figure out who would even be toting the rock for Denver, which had a big name rookie, a former first rounder who couldn’t stay healthy, and an undersized second year player atop the depth chart.

Knowshon Moreno proved at the end of the 2012 season that he was deserving of #1 RB duties, and he convinced the coaches after pre-season play and hasn’t looked back.

Moreno has stepped up as Denver’s top running back, having a career year with 920 yards rushing, 10 touchdowns, 48 catches for 445 yards, and another two touchdowns as a receiver. I haven’t heard many people talking about Knowshon for the Pro Bowl either.

In addition to Moreno, the Broncos were hoping one of either Montee Ball or Ronnie Hillman would step up and be that number two guy that could come in and make a seamless transition in terms of production, or at least help the Broncos keep their offensive flow.

Up to this point in the season, that has been a struggle, but in the last few weeks, rookie Montee Ball has really stepped up his game and so has the Broncos’ offensive line. Ball is showing a burst that we didn’t see early on this season, and he looks a lot less like he’s guessing out there and he’s making natural cuts and showing much better vision.

Ball isn’t a burner, and neither is Knowshon Moreno, but both of these guys are giving the Broncos some much needed production in the running game while the passing game continues its dominant ways. Denver’s offense is really starting to hit , and they proved against Tennessee that the cold weather isn’t a factor.

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  • LTGray

    Ball is also improving in his pass-blocking (Moreno is already great at that). He made a rookie mistake on one pass play when he was TOO open (“don’t turn back to face PFM, he knows where you’re supposed to be”), but he’s definitely gotten better in recent weeks. Very encouraging.