Broncos Dominate 2nd Half: Stay Undefeated
Raise your hands if you would have said the Broncos would have gone 6-0, and in the process beaten the Cowboys, Patriots and Chargers. I don’t think anyone saw this coming, given the controversy that surrounded this team all offseason. From the Cutler fiasco to handling of Brandon Marshall, the only press Denver received was negative. Now the Broncos are one of four remaining undefeated teams in the league and have a huge lead for the AFC West division title. The Broncos are for real, and they are doing it old school with an absolutely killer defense and an efficient offense that doesn’t make mistakes.
Denver’s defense is giving up just 11 points per game, by far the lowest total in the league. And in the second half or overtime, the Broncos defense has allowed just 10 points (or 25 less than the Titans allowed against New England in the 2nd quarter alone on Sunday). The Broncos are tied for the league lead with 21 sacks, with defensive end Elvis Dumervil leading the way with 10. Denver has also forced 12 turnovers so far this season. Unless someone figures out a way to stop Dumervil and the rest of the Denver defense, the Broncos are going to be a team to beat in the AFC.
On offense the Broncos haven’t been spectacular in any category, other than efficiency. They have only turned the ball over three times all season. Which given the 12 takeaways their defense has, gives the Broncos a big turnover advantage. Denver might not have the star players, but they are playing like a team, and when they need a big play or a crucial first down, someone steps up and gets it done. Right now the Broncos are the biggest surprise in the NFL, but its time to stop waiting for the other shoe to drop. I don’t know if I’d punch Denver’s ticket to Miami yet, but I do know that the road to Miami will need to go through Denver.