Through the first quarter of the 2017 season, there have been times where Denver has looked like a good enough team to be considered legitimate Super Bowl contenders. There have been other times where they have looked like a team that will be lucky to make it to the postseason at all.
Following the Broncos’ critical divisional win over the Raiders, first-year head coach Vance Joseph touched on what he likes and dislikes about his football team heading into their bye week.
“Definitely pleased to be 3-1. It’s a 16 game season and it four quarters,” Joseph said during his press conference following Denver’s win on Sunday. “The first quarter is over and we’re 3-1 heading into a bye. That was huge for us today. What I like about our football team right now is our run defense has been excellent. Running the football with our offensive line and our backs has been excellent. My issue with our football team right now – we make a lot of critical errors. That has to stop. Offensively, we’re 0-for-4 in the red zone with one false start. Defensively, we gave up two big plays today in the pass game with the same play from the Chargers game. It’s an identical play. We have to fix those things moving forward.”
As Joseph alluded to, the Broncos have been dominant against the run and when they run the ball.
Defensively, the Broncos have allowed 203 total rushing yards, zero rushing touchdowns and a yards per carry average of just 2.6.
Offensively, Denver has gained 572 yards and scored 3 touchdowns on the ground, in addition to having an average of 4.4 yards per carry.
Both areas have been vastly improved in comparison to the 2016 season. The additions of nose tackle Domata Peko Sr. and defensive ends Zach Kerr and Shelby Harris have made a significant difference in Denver’s defensive front. Likewise, a scheme change, an improved offensive line and strong play out of veteran running backs C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles have been the difference in the Broncos’ running game.
The Broncos will need continued dominance in both areas for the remainder of the season. But for them to truly contend in the AFC, they will have to improve their offensive red zone efficiency, and get more consistency in all aspects of their passing attack.
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