By Julie Dixon //@ABroncoNole
Broncos 23 – Jets 0
The Denver Broncos have a Thursday night game in the ‘House that Peyton Built’. Because of this, I will combine the Jets and Colts as one article, it could show a trend for the other.
First up, let’s start with special teams. In a move that should’ve been made weeks ago, wide receiver Jordan Taylor was the return man and wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie was benched. This resulted in no drops or fumbles and positive yardage each time. He will be repeating those duties on Thursday.
Second, with the defense holding the Jets to three and outs, the offense got the ball, on average, at the 40-yard line. That could very well happen again against Indy’s poor offense. Now, a win is a win. And for the first time since week four, the ball wasn’t turned over. However, the problems are not solved.
The following points are why the Colts may not be as easy of a win as they should be. The Jets’ defense played one of the worst games I’ve seen all season. They didn’t blitz, only rushed three, only played man in the red zone and their zone coverage was a joke. Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas often had yards between him and a defensive back. This made us appear better than we were.
Quarterback Trevor Siemian was inaccurate on most of his passes. Unlike in Miami, all the receivers gave 110% and made the extra effort needed to catch them. Despite that, going against a team that looked bad, the Broncos had less than 300 total yards of total offense. They were 1-4 in the red zone. They only had one passing and one rushing TD and the offense scored nothing in the second half when the Jets just stopped playing.
The Colts could want to lose for draft spots, but jobs are on the line. If I’m quarterback Jacoby Brissett, I’m balling out. With or without Luck coming back, he needs to show he’s worth being a starter. With that said, the Jags made him look like a rookie and the Broncos defense is almost as good as theirs. 1B to their 1A. The difference is Jacksonville can stop TEs.
If Indy gets tight end Jack Doyle going, that could give us fits. Is Chuck Pagano smart enough to figure that out? Defensive tackles Domata Peko and Derek Wolfe are on IR, and free safety Justin Simmons has an ankle sprain. That means there are openings to make some hay from running back Frank Gore unless he used up all his mojo last week.
The Colts defense is at the bottom of the barrel in every stat. They are BAD. If they want a chance at a win, they have to come after Siemian, early and often. He’s not an accurate passer. Once his confidence is rattled, he goes off a cliff. Especially on passes beyond ten yards. Take away the middle and make him throw to the left sideline.
If Indy gives Siemian open windows, our receivers will have a good day and we win easily. That said, Siemian has a tendency to get overly confident in his arm when things are clicking. Then he throws interceptions on passes he can’t make. The only way the Colts can notch a win is if the Broncos turn the ball over. The offenses are equally bad, but Denver’s defense is far and away better.
If Denver pulls out a win, it will be the first road win one since December 4, 2016, when quarterback Paxton Lynch started for an injured Siemian. It would also only be the fifth away win since February 7, 2015. Trevor’s last away win was November 12, 2016, vs the Saints when Justin Simmons, who is out for this game, blocked an extra point and safety Will Parks ran it back for two points. Time to end the away game blues.
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