Denver Broncos: What we learned in the loss to New York
The run game has been lost in the Bermuda Triangle
Through the first month-plus of the season, rookies Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman were on their way to being one of the best young dynamic duos in the NFL.
In the first two games. the rookies combined for 277 rushing yards and a touchdown. Since then, they’ve combined for 300 yards and two touchdowns.
Sunday’s game wasn’t any different. Lindsay and Freeman combined for 17 rushing attempts, with most of the rushes coming when the Broncos were behind the sticks. Obvious running downs.
You could almost guess when the run was coming.
What has to happen to get the team to stick with what has worked the most?
It feels like the past three games have been a case of, “if the run game isn’t working in the first quarter, then its not going to work the rest of the game.” Jospeh doesn’t let his young running backs get into a rhythm before pulling the plug on the whole running catalog.
As hard as it is to believe, the Broncos run game is better than the passing game, and the line blocks a lot better downhill than on their heels.
To save this season, Joseph and the Broncos have to get back the run game. Keenum isn’t having the season he’s wanted coming from Minnesota. So, why not take the pressure off him and allow the offense to get in rhythm with the run game?
Allow the run to set up the play action, which the team who won the Super Bowl was so good at.
This season is far from over, but the next two games are going to show everybody how this season is going to end.