Sep 7, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) hands off to running back Montee Ball (28) in the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Colts 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Establish A Run Game
While it is easier said than done, Denver must try and attempt to establish some sort of run game.
Former Bronco starting running back Knowshon Moreno is gone, so the offense will rely upon a combination of Montee Ball and C.J. Anderson to get the job done.
Moreno wasn’t able to get anything going on the ground in the Super Bowl. There was no threat of a rushing attack and as a result, Seattle’s defense feasted on quarterback Peyton Manning and the rest of the offense.
If the Broncos want to obtain a different result, they will need to keep the Seahawks honest with Ball and Anderson.
Both backs have been good through the first two weeks of the season. They’re not posting any game breaking stats, but they seem capable of grinding out tough yards against a stout Seahawk front.
In his new starting role, Ball is still trying to find his place in the offense. He’s the workhorse Denver had wanted, and steadily wears down defenses as the game goes on.
Ball will undoubtedly receive most of the carries, but plan on seeing Anderson take on a more prominent role Sunday. He’s quick, explosive and is ready to step into the spotlight.
The rest of the offense will have a much easier time moving up and down the field if Ball and Anderson are ably producing in Seattle.