Denver Broncos: Key individual matchups against the Buffalo Bills
Matchups: Josh Allen against a banged-up Denver Broncos defense
Josh Allen is playing as well as anyone in the NFL right now. His ability to hang in the pocket and deliver accurately has improved dramatically. What makes a difference is how Allen runs the ball. The combination is deadly for opposing defenses, especially the Broncos’ defense with almost no healthy corners.
The Broncos will need a total team effort and must defense the entire field when the Bills pass the ball. When Allen runs, he is a load to bring down, and the Broncos cannot afford for him to have a big day on the ground. If he gets running the ball, the defense will likely commit and come up close; that’s when a guy like Diggs has a big day.
How the Broncos defend, these two playmakers will go a long way in determining the outcome of this game.
From the defensive front to the secondary, the Broncos defense must hang on and keep the game competitive.
The Broncos defensive stars must win their matchups, and then some.
For example, players like All-Pro safety Justin Simmons must show up, and show up big. Simmons will need to help cover up for the mishaps of young corners. Ideally, he needs to play like he has all season and comes up with a big play to change the course of a drive or two.
Also, stud defensive tackle Shelby Harris swatting passes is a great way to disrupt the rhythm of an offense; just ask the Chiefs and Pat Mahomes. Getting a few plays like that can help get the Bills’ offense off the field or stall them out in the red-zone.
Look for a lot of zone and controlled blitzes, similar to the game plan against the Chiefs and Mahomes. If the Broncos can keep everything in front of them and play sound football, one of the stars will have an opportunity to change the game.
Whether it is Simmons, Harris, or guys like Bradley Chubb or Alexander Johnson causing havoc, the entire Broncos’ defense needs to play well, and the defensive stars have to win their matchups for a win this week. Look for this group to rally and shock us all with their effort and effectiveness.
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If the group is cohesive, the Broncos have a good chance against a very opponent in the Buffalo Bills.