NFL Analysis: Broncos to Focus More Rushing, Defense?

It’s been a long, long time since the Denver Broncos have had a commanding rushing attack and a defense that stiffens in the red zone.

On Sunday, though it was quite overlooked due to the quarterback situation, the Broncos had both; rushing for 162 yards on the ground while the defense held San Diego to 1‐of‐5 in the red zone.

Five of the Chargers drives stalled with field goals and two of them abruptly ended in turnovers, both of which resulted in touchdowns for the Broncos.  San Diego quarterback Phillip Rivers was sacked five times and threw an interception and later fumbled.

Particularly noticeable on offense was the outstanding run blocking of the offensive line and the running of Willis McGahee, who noticed his third 100 yard rushing game of the season (four starts).  McGahee finished the game with 125 yards off of 16 carries (an outstanding 7.8 yards per carry average), marking the 26th time in his career that he has topped the century mark.

The Broncos style of offense under second year quarterback Tim Tebow is that of an explosive one, with the ability to move the ball on the ground and through the air.  When Tebow has a lane open up, his legs can make things happen.  When he needs to extend plays, he can buy enough time for receivers to find an open area in busted coverage.

If Tebow is named the starter for the final eleven games of the season, expect the Broncos to continue to ground and pound on opposing teams.  I could get used to this style of play.


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