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Suffocating Defense, Offensive Explosion Inspire Broncos Stampede of the Cowboys

Denver hosted the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon at Sports Authority Field. The game was picked up as FOX’s annual “America’s Game of the Week”. Well, it was not a memorable afternoon for America’s team, or the Dallas Cowboys. The Broncos galloped in a wild stampede over the Cowboys all afternoon.

Denver dominated the game from start to finish, despite an hour-long weather delay. Denver ultimately won the game 42-17.

Stats

Stats don’t always give an accurate depiction into how a game played out over 60 minutes. This is not the case when it comes to Denver’s thrashing of the Cowboys, at least through three quarters.

At one point in the third quarter, Denver had more than double the time of possession as Dallas and led by a score of 35-10. Also, they had over 100 rushing yards in comparison to Dallas having less than 10 with Ezekiel Elliot having 0 yards. The yardage was 350 to 98 midways through the third quarter.

The final rushing stats were Denver 178 to Dallas with 40. Dallas finished with more passing yards, but a decent chunk came in garbage time.

Who won the Key Matchups?

  1. Denver Front Seven vs Dallas Offensive Line     Denver won this battle and it wasn’t even close. Dallas finished with 40 rushing yards and two sacks by Von Miller.
  2. Aqib Talib vs Dez BryantBryant seven receptions for 59 yards and one touchdown, so he didn’t have an awful game. However, he didn’t make a huge impact and Talib came away with his 10th career pick-six.
  3. Denver O-Line vs Dallas Defensive LineThe Broncos won this battle all game long. Denver finished with 178 rushing yards and moved the ball at will.

Highlights:

  1. Aqib Talib recorded his 10th career pick-six. He is two off the NFL’s all-time record.
  2. Trevor Siemian and the Denver offense.
  3. Denver finally found a run defense.

Takeaways:

  1. Denver’s offensive line performed very well against Dallas. However, Garrett Bolles went down with a leg injury late in the game. As Denver’s offensive line was starting to click, new questions have risen. Will the offensive line be competent without Bolles? How long will Bolles be sidelined? Who will replace Bolles at Left Tackle? Why do the football gods hate the Denver offensive line? What must Bronco fans sacrifice in order to not have the offensive line cause them to have blood pressure as high as the rocky mountains?
  2. The offense is clicking in a way it hasn’t since the Peyton Manning glory days. Denver marched up and down the field en route to a 35-10 lead and eventual 42-10 lead.
  3. The defense may be better than ever. Last year, the defense was daunting, but only 28th against the run. Well, they just held last year’s leading rusher to 8 yards rushing on 9 carries. Dallas had the NFL’s best rushing attack last season and only mustered 40 yards on the ground. Denver appears to have added sturdy horses up front to couple with the ever-suffocating No Fly Zone.
  4. Aqib Talib may one day break the NFL’s record for pick-sixes. Hopefully, he does it in a Bronco uniform. Talib is two interception return touchdowns short of tying the NFL record.