The Denver Broncos destroyed the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night to take control of the AFC West. The story as it will be all season will focus on the continued comeback of Peyton Manning, but the story of Sunday night is the fact that the Broncos have a defense that is only getting better.
This was not an average offense that the Broncos shut down; this was the Saints and despite their record, their offense is one of the best in the NFL.
The most encouraging aspect of the defensive effort on Sunday night was the fact that the Broncos stopped the Saints without blitzing, and without using mirrors. They just lined up and physically beat them at the point of attack. Derek Wolfe played his best game as a pro and fellow rookie, Danny Trevathan was terrific as well.
The secondary for the Broncos played another outstanding game and are quickly turning into one of the best units in the league. The receivers for the Saints were blanketed all night, and Drew Brees never got into a rhythm. The secondary figures to get better when cornerback Tracy Porter returns from his illness.
The pass rush wasn’t great in terms of sacks but they had constant pressure on Brees, and made him uncomfortable. There was a lot of concern about this defense through the first five or six weeks, but they needed time to come together too. In the last two games, the Broncos defense is proving that they are going to be a force to be reckoned with.
The 2012 Broncos are going to be about Manning and the offense, but if their defense continues to play like they have over the past two games then the rest of the league better look out. The Denver Broncos are coming together and nowhere is that more evident than on the defense.
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