Denver Broncos: Three things to look for against the Jets

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Denver Broncos, Dalton Risner
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3. Running Game, please?

What in the world is the deal with the Denver Broncos’ running game?  Outside of a 70-yard touchdown run from Melvin Gordon, the running game has been virtually nonexistent.

The interior offensive line has also been OK at best, which is especially concerning against the Jaguars.

The Jaguars’ defense is bad, and the Broncos weren’t really able to consistently move the ball against them.

The Broncos only rushed for 96 yards against the Jaguars, and their week 1 total of 165 yards is greatly inflated by Melvin Gordon’s touchdown run.

The Broncos, through two weeks, haven’t been able to run the ball.

The interior offensive line hasn’t been that good.  Dalton Risner has been a letdown so far, and Netane Muti proved to be inconsistent against the Jags.

Our tackle duo of Garett Bolles and Bobby Massie has been above average, so they haven’t caused much harm, however, the interior offensive line is beginning to concern me, as the Broncos are set to face some very good defensive lines, which include Washington, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore.

Games are won in the trenches, and the Broncos simply cannot keep relying on Teddy Bridgewater to play like he has every single week.

Our issue isn’t a talent shortage at running back, either.  Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams make for one of the better duos in the NFL, so the blame should fall mostly on the line.

With a bad Jets defense coming up, and the Broncos playing at home, I am hoping and expecting the team to have a solid game on the ground.

If the team can’t rush for 100 yards against a Jets defense missing key players, I would begin to worry even more, seeing as their next game would be against the Ravens.

I don’t think I’m asking for a lot here.  The Broncos are usually a competent team running the football, but through two weeks that hasn’t been the case.