By Tim Cao
The 4-1 Broncos played their worst game of the season last week against the Atlanta Falcons and, quite honestly, deserved to lose. They’re coming off a short week and although Trevor Siemian is slated to return, they’ll have a much greater obstacle to overcome without Gary Kubiak at the helm.
Week 5 Game Review (Broncos vs. Atlanta Falcons)
Offense – This year we’ve been spoiled by a solidly productive offense, but this game was worrying because offensively the Broncos looked no better than the offense last year (yikes). Paxton Lynch didn’t have a great game, turning the ball over three times, but there’s plenty of blame to go around. The offensive line struggled all game, Ty Sambrailo allowed three out of the six sacks, and that obviously made it difficult for our running backs and rookie QB to get into any type of rhythm.
Defense – Ask around and the defense seems to be taking a lot of heat for this loss, which is completely unwarranted. Sure, they struggle to lock down their running backs – Tevin Coleman, Devonta Freeman, and Patrick DiMarco accounted for 299 out of their 372 net yards – but allowing 23 points against a very talented Falcons offense isn’t by any stretch disappointing. Another encouraging stat line on defense is that the falcons were only able to move the chains twice on 12 third downs. Simply stated, Broncos fans should still be very confident in this defense’s ability to carry us all the way through the playoffs.
Special Teams – Brandon McManus was the most reliable player this week going 3 for 3 and keeping the game from getting out of reach. Riley Dixon hasn’t been too impressive but had a solid week having a net average of 43.8 yards for 6 punts.
Injury Report – Demarcus Ware (Out), Trevor Siemian (Questionable), Kayvon Webster (Questionable)
Returning from Injury – Donald Stephenson, Virgil Green
Week 6 Game Preview (Broncos @ Chargers)
Key Matchup – CJ Anderson and O-line vs. Chargers front 7. This offense desperately needs to find the ‘ON’ switch to their running game. It doesn’t matter who the quarterback is if they don’t have a consistent running game that keeps the opposing defense in check. Hopefully the return of RT Donald Stephenson and TE Virgil Green, both missed the previous three weeks, is what the team needs to turn it around.
Prediction: Broncos 24 – Chargers 13