Yes, you heard right, the Denver Broncos should not rely on the passing game to win.
With a huge matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs coming up this weekend and a Hall-of-Fame quarterback hobbling on a sprained ankle, there is one way that the Broncos can come out of the game with a victory and make sure Peyton Manning does get out of this game without a scratch.
That answer is in three words: run the football. The Chiefs are in the bottom-10 in rush defense, allowing an average of five yards per carry. Enter Knowshon Moreno.
Moreno has been one of the many bright spots in the Broncos’ offense, and I believe the team should look into using him more in the game this weekend. Moreno is due for a big game and he can help take some pressure off of an ailing Manning. Perhaps using Moreno and even Montee Ball more in the run game will open up the play-action that can lead to bigger plays.
Besides, Moreno is still looking for his first 100-yard rushing game of the season. He has amassed 100 total yards, but with Manning’s injury and how bad the Chiefs’ run defense is, this is Moreno’s chance to show the organization that he still has what it takes to run the football.
It might be hard to not rely on the passing game for the Broncos, but it is a risk that they will have to take if they want to keep Manning on the field and off the ground as well and hand the Chiefs their first loss of the season.
I believe Moreno will finally get the big game on the ground that he so deserves. Let’s just hope that this ends up being the formula on how to defeat the Chiefs. If it works, the Broncos should use the same strategy when they visit Arrowhead Stadium in a couple of weeks. The Broncos have weapons not only in the pass, but in the run. It is time to utilize that running weapon.