If the Denver Broncos are going to advance to their first Super Bowl since the 1998 season, they are going to have to rely on the run game to propel them forward.
Going up against one of the worst rush defenses in the league this season, the Broncos should be able to turn to the running back tandem of Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball and get a heavy dose of them if they are going to be celebrating once everything is all said and done. It is important for the Broncos to run the ball down the throats of a team who has suffered significant defensive injuries, especially in the front seven which is the first line of defense that the running back must go through. The Broncos have also proven that they can succeed against the New England Patriots when it comes to the run game.
Moreno ran for over 200 yards the last time these two teams squared off in Week 12 and accumulated near 300 yards on the ground in Foxboro. There is no reason why the same result can’t be repeated this time around. Ball should be able to flourish this time around as well because of his emergence as of late. He has developed into quite the weapon in the running game with his ability to break tackles and carry defenders on his back to get extra yardage. Then having Moreno’s speed on the field makes this running back tandem dangerous if the matchup is favorable, which on paper it appears to be.
Peyton Manning may not have to win the game through the air to advance. Just place the ball into the bellies of his twin-headed monster and it should be enough. All should be well as long as the coaching staff does not let Ronnie Hillman into the game. As long as the running game is effective and the Broncos can keep Tom Brady on the sidelines, the Broncos’ fanbase will be celebrating.