The Denver Broncos still struggled on offense in their 11-10 win over the San Francisco 49ers despite having a dominant showing on defense.
This year we have figured out so far that the defense will be the backbone of the team. The special teams will be great, and the offense will slowly get better. While it was bad, it was getting better.
The Broncos were still able to put together a great drive late in what ultimately won the game with a rushing touchdown coming from Melvin Gordon.
After the game, head coach Nathaniel Hackett was asked what he thought went right, and what went wrong. In a bit of a lengthy answer, he explained what went right on the game-winning offensive drive.
“We went in there and we knew we were going to have to be downhill,” Hackett told reporters. “We knew that they were a very good defense, and we knew it was going to be incremental, we knew we were going to have to check the ball down and get some yards after the catch. Those things weren’t happening as well as we wanted them to, but we just tried to kind of stay to the plan…
“The guys just stayed together and I think that once we got to the drive, we decided we had a couple of plays, then we started going a little up tempo. We thought we could catch them on their heels a little bit. I felt like they might have gotten a little tired and that was the one thing we could do to try and slow those guys down on the outside.
“Then I thought Russell [Wilson] was just unbelievable when he started running around the pocket whether it collapsed, he stepped up into it instead of going backward and was able to get some yards rushing and at the same time some scramble drills with the players. Hey, when we needed it, he did it, that’s what he does.”
The offense played how we all expected them to play this year. I know it likely won’t happen quickly, but it’s how they need to operate every drive from here on out, I guess. If that’s what works, Hackett needs to do that.
The offense was able to move the ball better than they maybe have all year so far. Wilson was as good as we have seen him on a single drive in a Broncos uniform. The place was rocking once the Broncos scored their first touchdown of the game.
Now, I’m sure they will want more than one game. Last week, they got just one. So, let’s hope they also use this to help their offense get better.
With the way the defense is played, the way the special teams have an advantage, and the potential the offense has, this team can truly be unstoppable.
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