3 Takeaways from the Denver Broncos huge win over the Miami Dolphins
By Noah Smith
2. The Broncos found a mismatch and exploited it
The Denver Broncos have found matchups that they like throughout the season but rarely used it to defeat a team.
Against the Titans in week one, Noah Fant was dominating in the first half, with 5 catches for 81 yards and a touchdown. Fant finished the game with no catches in the second half.
The Broncos finally proved they can exploit a matchup against the Dolphins with their run game. Specifically, using Dalton Risner and Garrett Bolles’ athleticism in the run game.
Instead of running into the teeth of the Miami defense, the Broncos used Miami’s strength against them. Pat Shurmur used a variety of outside runs with pulling lineman to create space in the run game, and to open up huge holes for Phillip Lindsay and Melvin Gordon.
Credit Shurmur for his implementation of the pulling game this week against the Dolphins. Shurmur has come under fire recently for his lack of creativity in the running game, but Sunday’s win over the Dolphins surely helped Pat Shurmur’s stock in Denver.
The defensive front also found and exploited a huge weakness in the Dolphins’ offensive line. With three rookie starters on the Dolphins’ line, Vic Fangio used Miami’s inexperience to cause havoc for Tua.
The Broncos consistently sent waves of pressure from different angles against the Dolphins. Fangio used a variety of stunts to open up his pass-rushers, who accounted for six sacks on the day.
The Broncos are not a team known for their ability to exploit weaknesses, but on Sunday they did just that. Getting Bolles and Risner on the move helped spring Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay free on Sunday, as well as Fangio, harassing the Dolphins offense with games on the defensive line.
If the Broncos can continue to find weaknesses and exploit them, Denver may have another upset in store.