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Knowshon Moreno’s Breakout Game Gives Denver Broncos Hope

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Even though the end result was not what Denver Broncos fans were hoping for, you have to be proud of the performance of Knowshon Moreno.

Moreno carried the ball close to 40 times last night, which is unheard of with a team led by Peyton Manning, and amassed over 200 yards rushing with one touchdown in the Broncos’ game against the New England Patriots. This was the first time all season that he topped 100 yards rushing in a single game. This game showed that the Broncos do have a solid running game and that Moreno should be the consideration as the star running back in Denver.

With Montee Ball fumbling in the game to give the Patriots a chance to come back, it is clear that the ball needs to be handled by Moreno for the majority of the time. It is understandable that Moreno needs to take a breather every so often, but a player who has a history of fumbling the ball should not be given the ball in that situation.

I mean, look at what happened to Ronnie Hillman. The guy was prone to fumbling at a big spot and he got benched for it. If Moreno is not on the field, Denver should just throw the football in games where it is getting close or if the other team has the momentum.

Last night gave Broncos fans a glimmer of hope when the weather gets colder in January. It gave them the belief that the team does not need to rely on Manning throwing the ball a lot to win a football game. Had the mistakes not happened, this game by Moreno would have been the storyline on how they beat the Patriots.

Establishing a solid running game, especially now with the weather starting to play a factor, could be the difference between losing a playoff game and taking all the marbles in the end.

Tylor Walden is a Denver Broncos writer for Follow him on Twitter @TylorDWalden, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.