Broncos’ Five Key Matchups vs Arizona

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Sep 21, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball (28) carries the ball against the Seattle Seahawks during the game at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Denver 26-20. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

The Broncos offensive line was terrible when it attempted to run block the first three games of the season. 

Close to 40 percent of the time, Denver running backs were hit behind the line of scrimmage. No matter who carries the ball, they can’t have success with that kind of awful performance from the guys up front. 

The task doesn’t get any easier against Arizona, since it’s fourth against the run. 

To keep this fast, blitz-happy defense at bay from Peyton Manning, the Broncos need to effectively run the ball.

The offensive line must step up and give the backs holes to run through. Of course, Montee Ball needs trust his blockers and himself to run through that hole when it’s there. 

But if Denver wants to put this defense on its heels, it should run the ball. And that starts with the offensive line, which must play as if it knows what run blocking is.