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Dissecting The Denver Broncos

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 30, 2011 – 7:21 am

The Vikings return home this weekend to finish up the AFC West portion of their schedule by welcoming the Denver Broncos to Mall of America Field. The game was originally scheduled for a 3:05 p.m. kickoff with CBS handling the television broadcast, but the game has been change to a 12:00 p.m. CT kickoff with broadcast responsibilities being handled by FOX.

The Broncos, who are under the direction of Head Coach John Fox and Executive VP of Football Operations John Elway, will enter Sunday’s matchup as one of the hottest teams in the NFL. They’ve won won five of their last six games and sit just 1 game behind the Oakland Raiders in the AFC West standings. The Vikings, meanwhile, are looking to end a three-game losing streak and defend their home turf.

There are two big storylines currently surrounding the Broncos and their sudden surge over the past month or so. The first is QB Tim Tebow, a polarizing figure in the NFL and the man largely responsible for Denver’s turnaround this season. We won’t delve into the details of why Tebow is a polarizing figure, but we will get into how he’s impacted the Broncos.

Tebow took over as the team’s starter in Week 7 and he has a 5-1 record since then. More than the 5 wins, though, is how he’s led the Broncos to those wins. There have been comebacks, late-game heroics and tough road victories.

The Broncos trailed 15-0 in the 4th quarter at Miami in Tebow’s first start, and the former Florida Gator guided his team to a comeback victory that included two TD passes and a 2-point conversion (on a Tebow rush) late in the game and then a FG in overtime. Denver lost big to Detroit the next week, but then Tebow-mania was in full force again against the Raiders, as the QB led Denver to victory after trailing 24-14 late in the 3rd quarter. In Week 10 Tebow led Denver to a road victory at Kansas City, and then the following week in the prime-time spotlight, Tebow drove the Broncos 95 yards in 12 plays – capped by Tebow’s 20-yard TD run – to stun the NY Jets and collect a 17-13 win. Last week against the Chargers, Tebow did it again by rallying his team from a 10-0 2nd-quarter deficit to push the game into overtime and eventually come away with another road win.

Critics question Tebow’s passing ability (45.5% completion rate) and his passing mechanics. They also doubt that Denver’s run heavy approach (249-135 rush-pass ratio since Tebow became starter) will yield successful results for the long-term. But there’s no questioning Tebow’s ability as a rusher, as he averages 5.8 yards per carry and the Broncos are averaging 208.0 rushing yards per game since he was named the starter. And in my opinion, there’s also no questioning his leadership ability, as he’s guided a team that was dead in the water 7 weeks ago into the playoff picture.

The second big storyline surrounding the Broncos is their defense, which has actually been led by a rookie. The Broncos selected LB Von Miller with the 2nd overall pick last April, and he’s been the best defensive rookie in the NFL this season. Miller, who plays outside LB in Denver’s 4-3 scheme, already has 10.5 sacks and he’s added 3 forced fumbles as well. While Tebow led Denver on an epic march at the end of their victory over the Jets a couple weeks ago, it was really Miller the defense that kept Denver in that game; Miller had 10 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a pass defensed and a forced fumble in the ballgame.

Denver doesn’t boast impressive rankings in any defensive category, but if you look back at their past 6 games, it’s a different story. The defense has played better, thanks in large part to Miller, and they’ve allowed just 1 rushing TD. Also, Denver has allowed just 15.0 points per game in their last 5 victories.

There’s much, much more to talk about in this matchup, and we’ll be sure to cover it all here on vikings.com over the next several days leading up to Sunday’s showdown between the Vikings and Broncos.


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17 Responses to “Dissecting The Denver Broncos”

  1. By 61vikings on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    I HATE THE DENVER BRONCOS!!!! I DON’T CARE IF WE LOSE THE REST OF OUR GAMES, JUST PLEASE BEAT THE BRONCOS OR I’LL NEVER HEAR THE END OF IT!! THE BRONCOS RUN THE BALL WELL, WE DEFEND THE RUN WELL, SO, FOR JUST ONE GAME, CAN OUR DB’S SHOW UP AND PLAY THE GAME OF THERE LIVES’!!! UNLEASH AP!! GIVE HIM THE BALL 30 TIMES!! IF NOT, UNLEASH PONDER!! HE WILL HAVE HIS FIRST 300 YARD GAME!! LOTS OF MONEY ON THIS GAME!! VIKES 27-17!! PLEASE!!!!

  2. By Mike B. on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    This is a very winnable game for the Vikings at home and maybe our last win this season. (Hope Not) It is just as likely that Tebow will embarrass us and we end up losing. I hope for the win, but it will be up to players to seal it for us. Denver has a tough defense,so this will be no cake walk. It’s going to be a tough game. Take care Hire A General Manager

  3. By DelawareDan on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    Vikings will win this game and the defense finally scores a TD.

  4. By Rogerthevikefan on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    Defence keep your eyes on Tebow and don’t blitz. When teams blitz him he then runs to the space that they have vacated. That is how he has beaten other teams.

  5. By Rogerthevikefan on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    Have Robison play contain and have the rest of the DLine attack. Plus have Greenway or E.J. Henderson spy Tebow. Always keep your eyes on him.

  6. By sandiamond on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    That play option with Tebow and McGahee is some kind of fud ugly!! Timmy is really slick at it tho. Greenway and the Henderson’s probably watching film this morning. Maybe the db’s will have time to react from that funky left handed wind-up throw from Tebow

  7. By Frederick Jones on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    BORING, BORING, BORING.

    One thing it is not…ESPN, Total Access, Mike n Mike in the Morning.

    I had some time off to watch these shows this morning:

    “It’s all about the quarterback.”
    “Tebow Time”
    “Let’s Look At The Pretty Pictures”

    Not boring, but enough to make you want to puke!

    Did they ever talk about an offensive line or O Lineman? NO
    Did they ever show or highlight a defensive back PLAYING DEFENSE? NO

    AWARDS: FED EX GROUND
    fed ex air

    top 5 players of the week:
    One defensive lineman named and they showed him sacking a QB!!!

    They never showed OFFENSIVE LINE PLAY, OR DEFENSIVE BACKS JUST BEING THERE TO PREVENT A PASS.

    Those things are BORING.

    It’s all about the quarterback.

    Not boring…It just makes you SICK!

  8. By Frederick Jones on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    THE VIKINGS NEED TO HIRE A GENERAL MANAGER WHO KNOWS FOOTBALL.

    DENNIS GREEN
    :) :) :)

    DENNIS GREEN DOES NOT BELIEVE THE HYPE, HE WILL GET US THE PLAYERS WHO WILL MAKE THE boring PLAYS.

    BLOCKING
    TACKLING
    COVERING GUYS

    DENNIS GREEN KNOWS THOSE THINGS ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT TO WINNING FOOTBALL GAMES.

    PASS AND CATCH
    SPECTACULAR RUNS

    DO NOT NEVER EVER TAKE PLACE WITHOUT WINNING THE
    BATTLE OF THE TRENCHES.

    boring? Go watch Soccer!

  9. By Frederick Jones on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    HIRE A GENERAL MANAGER!!!

    signed,

    Derrick G.
    Dave
    TheRealDon
    Mike B.
    Frederick

  10. By vikingbob136 on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    Can’t wait till Greenway smashes Tebow’s head into the turf.Who cares who wins.The Vikes were done at 0-4 and the Broncos will lose their first round playoff game if they get in.Let’s go Timberwolves

  11. By Viking Joe on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    Timberwolves? Really?, Chicago Bulls, definitely !!! Denver has a good D, I hope AP is back this week and Ponder uses a lot of play action.
    Vikings 23 Broncos 13 F Tebow will try to make another comeback, to no avail this week.

  12. By Mike on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    Tebow is once again going to prove everybody WRONG!! He will play excellent in that busted up stadium. Crowd noise will not even be an issue since they are running the ball anyway. He protects the ball very well, makes plays when he has to and the defense is great. Yep. Broncos go to 7-5.

  13. By 61vikings on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    The Timberpups stink!! The Vikes are having an off year!! So now it’s time to get on the Minnesota Wild bandwagon!! Go Wild!!!

  14. By DuaneN on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    T-Wolves! Have to get 30 wins sometime huh.

    Gotta agree Mike, don’t see how the Vikings can win this.

    People still living in the past about the run D here.

  15. By Old School on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Just like I told everyone months before this season began………………..4-12 for this team and it looks like that they might not even get there.

    What’s going to be funny is that Tebow will have his first 200 yard passing game against this team!

    MAYBE 300 YARDS!!!!

    This team is the worst Viking team every along with the worst Coach and GM this team has ever had! Neither has done or shown anything this year or last to keep their jobs!!!!

  16. By Derrick.G on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Vikings releasing McNabb today.

  17. By chrisNdenver on Dec 3, 2011 | Reply

    Von miller and dum are coming for Ponder just wait and see what that kid can do when we bring the heat. 2 pick 6’s champ and brian dawkins. And just wait till willis mcgehee finds open field it over. 10-6 starts with the vikings and is a must win.

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