Denver Broncos keys to victory against the Bengals

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Denver Broncos, Javonte Williams
Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams (33) runs the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs during the game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports /

Denver Broncos Keys to Victory Against the Cincinnati Bengals

3. Broncos’ rushing attack

The Cincinnati Bengals have a much-improved defense from 2020, specifically their rushing attack.  They rank 4th in the NFL, allowing just 93.1 yards per game.

The Broncos rank 11th in the NFL in rushing, averaging 123.1 yards per game.  However, they rank for 184 yards against the Lions, 154 yards against the Chiefs, and 147 yards against the Chargers.

In the last three games, the team is averaging 161.67 yards on the ground per game.  For reference, the top rushing team in the NFL, the Philadelphia Eagles, average 160 yards on the ground per game.

Something has to give.  The Broncos boast one of the best, if not the best running back duo in the NFL, and the team cannot get into a position where they need to rely on Teddy Bridgewater to lead the offense through the air.

The interior of the Broncos offensive line will have their hands full, and both Dalton Risner and Lloyd Cushenberry both are serviceable, at best.

The Broncos need a heavy dose of Javonte Williams’ angry runs and Melvin Gordon cutbacks.

Being at a home is a huge advantage here, but that doesn’t mean the Broncos will win, or even have moderate success on offense.

These three keys to the game will make or break the Broncos’ chances on Sunday.