For the second week in a row, Denver posted an upset win. Last week the Broncos took down a hot Chargers team down in L.A. This week they were back home in Mile High and facing off against a strong offensively powered Steelers team. For Broncos fans everywhere its great to see the team play so well against two strong teams and now be on a two-game winning streak. The Broncos have been fighting with their backs against the wall as of recent. However, since coming out of the bye week, the Broncos have been throwing haymakers left and right. In back-to-back weeks, this team has taken down opponents that were on multiple game winning streaks.
The Broncos now find themselves at 5-6 and only a game out of a potential wild card bid. Despite this, I urge fans not to get their hopes up. There’s still over a month to go in the season and they still have a long way to get to the finish line. I still stand by my preseason prediction that the Broncos won’t make it to the playoffs at all. The team may not even get to 8-8 as I previously thought.
The offense on Sunday looked great. Quarterback Case Keenum has now quietly posted three straight games without any interceptions. While he didn’t post Big Ben numbers he still had a good game. Keenum completed 15 out of 28 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns on the day. Emmanuel Sanders led the team in yards with 86 and also had a touchdown. Tight Ends Jeff Heuerman and Matt Lacosse combined for 78 yards and Lacosse also had a touchdown as well. Unfortunately, Heuerman got injured in the game. He sustained three broken ribs and a bruised lung. It would appear his season is done as of now. This is a huge blow for the team who lost Jake Butt earlier in the season to a torn ACL.
On the ground, Phillip Lindsay once again lit it up. He rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown. He also set the Broncos franchise record for rookie undrafted free agent rushing yards. He has turned into a superstar in the matter of a few months. He is such a fun interesting player to watch and makes a huge impact on the offense. Denver has one of the best run games in the NFL.
The Defense played well overall. However, the issue with the secondary was they tried so hard to cover Antonio Brown that they left JuJu Smith-Shuster wide open many of the times. Other than that the team held James Conner to just 53 rushing yards and 0 touchdowns. The defense had two sacks on Ben Rothlisberger, .5 by Von Miller, .5 for Shelby Harris and Shaq Barrett had one sack. Darian Stewart had a fumble recovery off of James Conner. Chris Harris Jr. had a great interception in the game. Shelby Harris has the other interception to seal the win for the Broncos.
All in all, it was a very solid win for a Denver team that has had its series of ups and downs throughout the season. Next week the Broncos face off against the Bengals. This could be quite a challenging road win as the Bengals have a great defense. Kickoff is slated for 11 am MT.
Until next time, Keep Calm and Bronco On!