Broncos Defense Lifted By The Run Game


Rush, don’t hurry. And that’s just what the Broncos did in their 17-10 win over the Chiefs. They ran, galloped, and trotted their way to 244 yards on the ground and their fourth win of the season.

The game plan was highlighted at the outset when the Broncos ran it eight straight times and capped off their first drive with a touchdown run by Tim Tebow. With a “stick to the plan and the plan won’t fail” mentality, the Broncos stuck with the run even after Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno went down with injuries in the first quarter.

Lance Ball took his game to a new level and carried the ball for 96 yards on 30 carries.

“He didn’t blink,” Champ Bailey said after the game. “Lance has been with us for a while. Everybody knows what he can do and has confidence in him.”

Ball has played in 19 career games with the Broncos, but he’s never had a game like he did yesterday.

“It felt good. It didn’t even feel like 30 carries,” Ball said.

The great thing about an effective running attack is it helps the defense out too.

“It really milks the clock, it shortens the game,” Von Miller said. “When we get up by points, it just slows everything down. It makes the other team have to pass the ball because there’s not enough time up there.”

The defense took their game to a new level as well. The team sacked Matt Cassel four times, held Dwayne Bowe to 2 catches for 17 yards and held the Chiefs to zero points in the first half.

“It’s not about what the offense does, it’s about what the other defense does,” Miller said. “If they get a lot of three and outs, we’ve got to get a lot of three and outs.”

Up next is the Jets’ 8th ranked pass defense and 15th ranked run defense. Denver’s defense will have their eyes peeled, their legs engaged, and their hearts pounding for this one.

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