Denver Broncos: Defensive success against young quarterbacks bodes well for Week 2

Ruben Hill
September 19, 2017

While the Dallas Cowboys were left staggering after being dominated in all phases of the game by the Denver Broncos on Sunday, one player really did stagger off the field and it was hard to watch.

"He's just an incredible back", said Broncos running back C.J. Anderson. But we can get a lot better in all of those phases.

The Broncos' 42-17 pulverizing of the Cowboys concluded with an exclamation mark in the last minute as Aq!b Tal!b raced 103 yards with the longest touchdown interception return in the franchise's storied history. It's going to be you versus us. In the receiving end, McCoy posted 34 yards in six receptions while Jordan Matthews added 30 yards in three catches. We played the game that they wanted us to play, not the game that we typically play.

On Sunday, Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph smelled blood in the water.

"That's not the way we play". Again, outside of the one interception, which was more of a unit issue than a Trevor issue, he played well.

Elliott, who's playing while his appeal of a six-game suspension for domestic violence works its way through the courts, came into the game averaging 108 yards rushing per game and more than 5 yards a carry in his career. "It's frustrating but it's Week 2". For Elliott to help us maintain an illusion that athletes go all-out at every single moment, even though we know it's not true?

Reuters/Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY SportsDallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) throws during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium, Dec. 1, 2016.

Once the storm passed, play was resumed.

Cleared to play, Elliott rushed for 104 yards in the Cowboys' 19-3 season-opening win over the New York Giants on Sunday night despite the Giants' focus on stopping the run. "... We let the quarterback get out a little bit".

CJ Anderson posted his sixth 100-yard rushing game of his career, 9:22 left in the game. If he stays healthy, he can become a pass-rushing option that the Cowboys need. The scoring possession began with cornerback Chris Harris Jr.'s interception of Prescott.

The Broncos' final drive of the first half extended their lead to 21-7 and the Cowboys got a field goal out of a two-minute drill to make it 21-10 at the half, but Dallas was already out of its element by that point with the game still not out of hand.

Siemian hooked up twice in the first half with Sanders for touchdowns.

The Cowboys are built on the running game, and everything from there, both offensively and defensively, occurs on the back of said running game.

Trevor performed in front of Peyton, his predecessor and his mentor as a rookie, as the Broncos appeared on FOX's "America's Game of the Week". The Broncos also were without CB Brendan Langley, who sustained a knee injury in last week's opener.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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