|Denver Broncos (5-4)||30 – 16||Dallas Cowboys (6-2)|
Well, I don’t think anyone saw that coming. In what might have been the upset of day, the Denver Broncos defeated the Dallas Cowboys 30-16, and it really wasn’t that close. The Broncos lead the game 30-0 before the Cowboys could even find the endzone. In what was a week full of questions for Denver, the guys on the field answered the bell and dominated both sides of the ball. A dominant defensive performance along with Steady Teddy Bridgewater leading a well-balanced offensive attack, led the way to the Broncos’ win today. Let’s take a look at some key takeaways from this game.
Denver Defense Came to Play
In spite of the most legendary defensive player in team history, Von Miller, leaving the building, the Broncos defense responded in splendid fashion. Dak Prescott was under constant duress as the Denver D sacked him twice and hit him five times. DT Jonathon Cooper was responsible for both sacks, as well as two TFLs. Denver’s talented secondary also showed up in a big way today. Ceedee Lamb was held to zero catches until the 4th quarter in garbage time. The secondary was responsible for seven pass break ups. Justin Simmons, one of the leaders on this defense, had two himself. They were covering the Dallas pass catchers like saran wrap.
Dallas Couldn’t Catch a Break
All game, it appeared that Dallas could not get out of their own way. They started the game on offense with two turnovers on downs. There were multiple dropped passes and overthrows on key downs on offense, resulting in drives ending from the Cowboys passing game. There were a pair of turnovers, a fumble and an interception. The Dallas defense was gashed by the Broncos running game all day and continuously let them convert on 3rd down. The Broncos were 8-15 on 3rd down today. Finally, to cap off all of Dallas’ misfortune, they managed to block a Broncos punt, subsequently touched the ball past the line of scrimmage, and gave Denver the ball back with a first down. Denver would then go on a 10 play, 72 yard drive resulting in a field goal.
The Broncos Offense Can Win Games
Even though Dallas was plagued with bad luck, no one can take anything away from the Denver Broncos offense today. This was probably the best game they have played all season. The key for their success today was a heavy dose of Melvin Gordon III and Jevonte Williams on the ground with Teddy B and Tim Patrick connecting on multiple critical 3rd downs. The Broncos ground game rushed 41 times for 190 yards and 2 TDs. Tim Patrick finished the game with five targets, four catches, 85 yds and a TD. The Broncos stay within a half a game of the rest of the AFC West with this win and establish themselves as a playoff contender.
Next week, the Denver Broncos will host another NFC East team when Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles come to town. The Cowboys will look to bounce back from this loss as they host the Atlanta Falcons. Both teams look to be right in the middle of their own respective playoff hunts. Broncos and Cowboys fans definitely will have a lot to look forward to the rest of this season.
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