In a trap game of magnanimous proportions, the Denver Broncos had their hands full with divisional rival Kansas City Chiefs. Nobody knew what to expect from the Broncos run game after losing Willis McGahee to a torn MCL, but Knowshon Moreno proved that he had just enough in the tank to help the Broncos win.
Moreno has not been active since week two, when he was benched because of fumbling issues and was relegated to scout team captain. Although Moreno had 85 yards on 20 carries, that can only be looked at as a minor accomplishment being that he faced the NFL‘s 25th worst defense against the run. Rookie Ronnie Hillman only carried three times for nine yards, so it was up to Moreno to show that he still belongs on the Broncos roster. If he runs like this against better run defenses, it is almost a probability that he will be inactive again if and when McGahee is able to return.
The one thing that the Broncos know from experience is that it is all good to have a Hall of Fame QB, but a run game is needed for that all too important balance to win the big game. Peyton Manning will take the Broncos as far as he can, but if it is left up to Moreno and Hillman to close out games, then the playoffs might be short lived.
I get the fact that Moreno showed some nice cuts and was able to exploit some creases, but he also looked slow at times and hesitant to break a hole. This turned out to be a sloppy game by the Broncos offense, but it was also a game that some thought might be difficult for the Broncos to win, being that the Chiefs came in 1-9 and were in desperation mode for a win. Next week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Broncos need to show more spunk running the ball, otherwise the Bucs just may win going away.
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