Many Denver Broncos fans have felt a large wave of disappointment after Weeks 4 and 5. In Week 4, the Baltimore Ravens destroyed the Broncos 23-7. Though Teddy Bridgewater did get injured early on in the game, the quarterback play was not the primary concern and/or reason the Broncos lost.
And again, in Week 5, the Broncos lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-19. And if it were not for 13 last minute fourth quarter points, their loss would have been even worse.
So if the quarterback play is not the concern, where does the concern lie? The biggest reason for each loss is heavily due to the Denver defense, or lack thereof.
The Denver Broncos, coming into the season, were thought to have a top five secondary and top ten overall defense in the entire National Football League. Well let me tell you, they have not played anywhere near those rankings.
Lamar Jackson threw for 316 yards on the Broncos in Week 5 and Ben Roethlesberger threw for 250 passing yards. Both quarterbacks had QBRs over 70, which reflects very good quarterback play.
Lamar and Ben burned the Broncos over the top each drive as Marquise Brown had a 49 yard deep touchdown, Diontae Johnson had 50 yard touchdown, and Chase Claypool had a 59 yard pass caught.
How Can The Broncos Improve?
The main focal point the Broncos should focus on is their run defense and their secondary. Allowing these fifty plus yard completions is destroying their chances to even compete in games with these challenging opponents.
Kyle Fuller, CB, has been constantly getting burned by receivers throughout these last two weeks. When the defense gets destroyed, the Broncos’ offense cannot handle that large of a scoring burden.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Denver Broncos need to play much more aggressively. Pat Shurmur, the offensive coordinator of the Broncos, must design plays that allow Teddy Bridgewater to use his arm talent and accuracy to secure the deep ball.
Furthermore, sloppy false starts continue to destroy their offense’s chances to even allow them to move the ball down the field. And finally, the Broncos should run the ball more because over the past two weeks, the Broncos have been averaging 6.2 and 5.9 yards per carry, respectively.
Looking Forward, Not Backwards
The Denver Broncos play the Las Vegas Raiders next week and the Cleveland Browns the following week. These two games are vital for the Broncos to win in order to remain over .500.
They are currently 2nd in the AFC West and this rivalry game against the Raiders is important so they have a chance at winning the division. The Broncos still have to play the Chiefs twice this season so they must turn things around, offensively and defensively, if they have any hopes and aspirations to be a playoff team.