Will the Broncos be Okay?
The Denver Broncos are coming off a two game losing streak, making their overall record 7-3. Their losses have come from the Seattle Seahawks 20-26 in overtime, the New England Patriots 21-43, and the most recent loss came from the St. Louis Rams 7-22 last weekend.
The Broncos have gone through some set backs this season though. Most of those set backs came from the offensive side of the ball, where they lost running-back Monte Ball then they had to go to their second string running-back Ronnie Hillman, then when he got injured they had to dig deep and use their third string running back C.J. Anderson. However, all of the running-backs have stepped up when it was their turn in line, but the consistent injuries does not make the Broncos any stronger. Even though Monte Ball is close to a return, it is hard to say when he will be back to 100%.
What hurts the Bronco’s organization the most is the injuries coming from their wide receiving core. Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and tight end Julius Thomas both suffered injuries from their game last week against the Rams. Emmanuel Sanders suffered a concussion from a brutal hit when he was diving in the air on a fade route. As soon as Sanders was hit he struggled to get up and stayed on the ground as the team doctors had to check him out. The Ram’s safety was penalized for unnecessary roughness, but Sanders did not return to the game and is questionable for their game this week against the Miami Dolphins. Julius Thomas’ injury was not as bad as he was taken out of the game because of a small ankle sprain, but was able to put pressure on it and walk off the field.
Both of the receivers are questionable for the game this Sunday, Julius Thomas will most likely play, but Sanders is a giant question mark, which does not make Peyton Manning very happy because Sanders has been his favorite target this season. He has the most receiving yards on the teams with 954, also the most in his career, and Julius has the most touchdowns on the team with 12. To make matters worse for the struggling Broncos is that they have to go against the best defense in the NFL, the Miami Dolphins.
It is hard to not trust that Peyton Manning can’t get the job done even with a diminished receiving core, but only throwing one touchdown (to Emmanuel Sanders) against an average Ram’s defense causes some alarm to Denver fans. Even though the setbacks will be rough for the Broncos this Sunday, if they limit their turnovers and play solid defense the Broncos can get their first win in three weeks.