Denver Broncos: 5 Players Who Must Play Big
Denver Broncos: Five Key Players
The Denver Broncos head into the game with the New Orleans Saints knowing that if they can come away with a win on Sunday night, then a long winning streak is very possible. It sounds funny to say that a 2-4 team might be the toughest game remaining on the schedule but the Saints are not your typical 2-4 team. Any team with Drew Brees and his offense is going to be scary. The Saints are also playing better, at least offensively, over the last couple of weeks.
The Broncos have two distinct advantages in a game that is likely to be a shootout starting with the fact they are at home. The Broncos have not had a great home-field advantage over the past few seasons, but that was before Peyton Manning. The second advantage is the Broncos go into the game with a much better defense than the Saints. The Broncos are not great by any means but the Saints are considered by many to be the worst defense in the NFL. In a game that is going to feature offense and points, the team likely to win the game is the team that can make a few plays on defense. If you look at the game through that lens, then the Broncos have to be the favorite heading into Sunday night.
As we get set for this highly anticipated game between two great offenses, who are the five most important players for the Denver Broncos? I’m guessing you all know who is the most important but he’s going to need some help. Let’s take a look.
This one may surprise some of you but Ronnie Hillman is close to breaking out, and this could be the week. The Saints defense, as we know, struggles versus the pass and if they focus on the outside receivers then Hillman could be in for a field day. Just as the Broncos have no answer for Saints running back Darren Sporles, the Saints have no one who can keep up with Hillman in the open field.
Champ and the cornerbacks
The cornerbacks for the Broncos fall into one category and they must play big. The good news is Champ Bailey, Chris Harris and Tony Carter are coming off of a great game versus the San Diego Chargers. It’s easy to forget that in reality, the Broncos defense only gave up 7 points to the Chargers ten days ago. The other 17 points were scored directly off of Bronco turnovers. The defense for the Broncos has played better than some of the numbers might indicate and the cornerbacks are a big part of that. If Tracy Porter is able to return, then the group is even stronger.
Demaryius and Eric
The initial thought here was to go with Demaryius Thomas and he is important, but we are also going to add Eric Decker. The two starting receivers for the Broncos have had their moments but they have also had their bonehead moments. The talent is there for both Thomas and Decker; if they get rid of the unforced errors then both could have career nights versus the Saints.
Doom and Vroom
Once again we are going to cheat and give you two players for the price of one, Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller. The best way to stop a high-powered passing game is with a pass rush. Brees is going to make plays; he’s just too good not to but if Dumervil and Miller can get to him a few times then the Broncos will be in great shape.
Now for the duh moment of the day, Peyton Manning is the most important player for the Broncos on Sunday night. If Manning plays like he has been playing versus a pours Saints defense, then he is going to have a huge night. Don’t be surprised if Manning throws for 400+ yards and 4+ touchdowns, he’s playing that well and the Saints defense is that bad.
In the end, it should not surprise anyone that in a game like this it is the best players that have to play like the best players. It’s always nice to get unexpected contributions from unknown players, but if the Broncos are going to beat the Saints then the stars have to be the stars. If the Broncos win on Sunday, then lookout because they may not lose again for a long time.
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