If there is a week for the Denver Broncos offense to show up,this would be the one. The Saints offer an opportunity for the offense to be a big contributor to a win…
For the second week in a row we are seeing the Broncos line up strength on strength and weakness on weakness. Obviously last week did not quite go in our favor in either of those match ups. The big question then becomes can we do anything this week to make sure last week doesn’t happen again? I want to dive in again to see what our offense can do to help ease the burden on our defense. There is no doubt about it that our offense has to do more for us to stand a chance in any game. There is no getting around it; this offense has been terrible most of the year.
The good news for this week is they are playing a defense that could help remedy some of those issues. I thought the same thing last week though and we saw how that worked out. Still it always comes down to execution. Teams can have the perfect game plan and if they cannot execute it like we saw last week then we get the results that leave us all wanting more.
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Before we get to looking at some of the X’s and O’s of the game here are just a few quick notes to be thinking about. The Saints rank 30th in total defense giving up 408.5 yards per game. They also rank 30th in points given up per game at 29.8. In the passing game they rank last with giving up 300 yards through the air. On the ground they are 19th with surrendering 108.5 yards per game. Just like last week the Saints rely a lot on forcing turnovers as they rank 9th in total takeaways.
One final thought before we start breaking down this Saints defense is to look at some key injuries. As of right now Stephone Anthony has been ruled out. He has struggled some this year and has struggled with injuries. Still he is a highly athletic linebacker that when he is on his game has a lot of promise. Dannell Ellerbe is listed as questionable for this week. He has not played much at all this year because of injury. So even if he does play one has to wonder if he is in football shape. Michael Mauti is listed as out for this game leaving that linebacker core pretty depleted. When you throw in last week they put James Laurinaitis on IR for the year again it leaves that Linebacker core looking a bit questionable.