The Broncos have one of the NFL’s worst offenses, but will a banged up Colts defense be able to slow them down on Thursday night?
Denver’s offense had been just good enough over the past few seasons to let their elite defense win games for them. They were even able to ride that formula all the way to a Super Bowl 50 victory.
Their offense has totally fallen apart this season, which is the main reason Denver is sitting at 4-9 coming into this week’s game.
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The quarterback position has been a revolving door in Denver ever since Peyton Manning retired following their Super Bowl victory.
Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch have all started under center this season, and none of them have had much success.
After benching Brock Osweiler and an injury to Paxton Lynch, Siemian again finds himself as the starter. The Broncos won’t ask Siemian to push the ball downfield too much in this game, but he needs to improve his decision-making if Denver wants to win.
With C.J. Anderson leading the team in rushing, the Broncos have a pretty deep backfield with Jamaal Charles and Devontae Booker behind Anderson in the rotation. However, Denver ranks 26th in the NFL in rushing offense according to Football Outsiders.
Their offensive line may be the culprit of their struggles in the run game. Like the Colts, Denver has experienced a ton of injuries on the offensive line and they will be without two starters in the trenches on Thursday night.
The Colts have moved into the top 10 in run defense, and should be able to shut the Broncos’ running game down.