Did we jump in a time machine and head back to 2015?
The Denver Broncos look like one of the best teams in the NFL through the first two weeks of the season. No, seriously. I can’t believe it myself.
After struggling to a 9-7 record last season, a season fresh off a dominant Super Bowl win, the Broncos have come out swinging like Muhammed Ali as they have started 2-0 for the 5th straight season.
Now, while that shouldn’t be a surprise because we are only two weeks into the NFL season, the way the Broncos have started really should give optimism to all Bronco truthers out there.
Lets first look at the offense.
Trevor Siemian is the best Quarterback in the NFL right now, which is something I had always hoped to be able to write, but never thought it would ever be true. Siemian, through the first two weeks, leads the NFL with 6 passing touchdowns, averaging 225 yards per game and a 106.9 QBR. That is better than Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Drew Brees.
All things serious, obviously Siemian won’t be able to keep that kind of production up, and it is only two weeks into the season after all. However, for a 7th round pick in his second season, he is looking solid. The offensive line has come together to provide him decent protection so far and he is navigating the offense down the field to put them into scoring situations.
The run game has also been off the charts. Workhorse back C.J. Anderson is second in rushing only behind super rookie Kareem “the dream” Hunt, with 199 yards and a touchdown through the first two games. He is averaging 4.4 yards per attempt, and so far has a 51% success rate according to Football Outsiders. To put it frankly, he is dominating.
The defense is doing its thing like it has for the last few seasons. It is looking even more impressive to start this season, mainly due to a more productive rush defense. The Broncos faced the Chargers in Week 1 and the Cowboys in Week 2. That meant Melvin Gordon and Ezekiel Elliott to begin the season. For a team that struggled mightily against the run in 2016 (4.3 yards per attempt, 130.3 yards per game according to ESPN), the Broncos are off to a blazing fast start in 2017 only allowing 2.9 yards per attempt and 52.0 yards per game. They face Buffalo in Week 3, which means LeSean “Shady” McCoy. It will be fun to see if they can keep this pace up. If the Broncos are able to shut down a top running back for the third week in a row, it will become more believable that this run defense is back and that it wasn’t a fluke.
The “No Fly Zone”, occupied by Chris Harris Jr., Aqib Talib, and Bradley Roby, is third in 2017 with three interceptions, one which was returned 103 yards for a touchdown last weekend by Talib. They have only allowed 207 yards per game through the first two weeks after facing Philip Rivers and Dak Prescott. Let’s hope it continues against Tyrod Taylor this weekend. Currently, Denver is 6th in total defense allowing 258.5 yards per game, while allowing only 19.0 points per game.
Bottom line is this: If the offense can continue to produce effectively as they have done so thus far, and the defense can continue to be the backbone of this team, the 2017 Denver Broncos could be a legitimate contender for their 4th Super Bowl championship.
Only time will tell.
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