If at first you don’t succeed, run, run again.
That’s the Denver Broncos‘ new offensive philosophy with QB Tim Tebow at the helm.
The Denver Broncos are going to run the football on first down. They’re going to run it on second down. They’re going to run it on third down. They’re going to run it eight straight times to open the game with a touchdown, and they’re going to keep running it until they’re utterly convinced their opponent can stop them.
And if the last two games are any indication, teams haven’t been able to stop them.
It had been four full quarters of football — the middle of the third quarter in Oakland to late in the third quarter today in Kansas City — since the Broncos and Tim Tebow had even completed a pass, but it didn’t matter. The Broncos lost both of their starting running backs Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno in the first quarter, but it didn’t matter. They ran the football down the Chiefs’ throats, gaining 244 en route to a rare 17-10 Arrowhead victory in Week 10 NFL action.
The Broncos’ defense was dominant in pursuit of QB Matt Cassel, who was sacked twice and hurried on at least a half dozen other occasions. The Chiefs were held without points until the third quarter.
Only at one point was the game beginning to look grim for the Broncos. Up 10-7 in the third quarter, the Broncos’ running game had finally slowed, and the passing game was non-existent. Tebow had completed only one pass out of six attempts. The momentum was in Kansas City’s favor.
Then, seemingly out of nowhere, Tebow launched a perfectly thrown football to Eric Decker 56 yards downfield. Decker caught the pass in stride for a Broncos touchdown.
It was as if three quarters of running had all setup that one beautiful Tebow pass. “We’ve got ‘em right where we want ‘em.”
With the win, the Broncos (4-5) enter a three-way tie in the AFC West for second place, behind only one game to the Oakland Raiders (5-4).
This was another solid team win by the Broncos. They played smart, mostly-penalty-free football. The defense was fantastic, particularly Ryan McBean and Chris Harris. The offensive line did a huge job blocking and sealing up the likes of Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson. They never got into unmanageable 3rd and long’s. Just a great win by what is becoming a good team. Onto the New York Jets on Thursday night.