The Good and the Bad in the Denver Broncos Win Over the Buffalo Bills


The Denver Broncos won another ugly game and if you’re a fan of this team, you should be ecstatic. For the second straight week the Broncos won with defense, a running game and special teams. It may not be as pretty as last season, but that is the formula for winning a championship.

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There are always things to improve on but I think we need to be careful that we are not taking what the Broncos are doing for granted. They are 10-3 and one of the leading contenders going into the last three games of the regular season. Enjoy it because it’s not going to last forever.

What I liked:

The defense: They gave up a couple of late touchdowns that made the game look closer than it actually was but for most of the day, they were dominant. They forced three turnovers, registered four sacks and made the Buffalo Bills completely one dimensional. The defense continues to get better and they get one of their better players, Danny Trevathan, back next week.

Chris Harris Jr.: Is he the best cornerback in the NFL right now? I don’t know, that’s a really subjective argument but there’s no one playing better right now. He had a huge interception to stop a Bills threat and was all over the field, again.

The running game: Don’t sleep on the effort of the offensive line and the running game on Sunday. The defensive front for the Bills is one of the best in football and to run for well over 100 yards, and three touchdowns versus them is impressive.

The special teams: For the second straight, week the Broncos won the kicking game. Connor Barth hit a 50 yard field goal, Britton Colquitt repeatedly pinned the Bills inside their 10 yard line and they gave the Broncos great field position all day.

Finding new ways to win: The Broncos have now won two straight games over good teams despite the fact that Peyton Manning has not played well. They are now capable of winning games with their running game and their defense. There’s no doubt that Manning needs to play better but if that’s the Broncos biggest worry, then things are good at Dove Valley.

The offensive line: We touched on it in the running game but the Broncos offensive line was terrific again on Sunday. They opened holes in the running game and Manning was not sacked by a defense that came into the day leading the league in that category.

David Bruton: The special team’s ace was forced into action at safety due to injuries and was terrific. He covered backs out of the backfield and was very good in run support.

What I didn’t like:

Lack of killer instinct: The game should have been over long before the fourth quarter. The offense needs to take advantage of the great field position that was given to them by the defense and the special teams. Better teams will come back to beat you when you let them hang around.

The turnovers: One reason the game was closer than it should have been was due to three Broncos turnovers. If they don’t turn it over, the Broncos win by 20+ points.

In the end, the Broncos are 10-3 and have won three straight games. Even more important than the wins themselves though, is how those wins are coming. The Broncos are winning with toughness, and that is what playoff football is all about.