The Denver Broncos offense looked better than it has all season against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 11. It became clear very quickly that the Broncos made the right decision.
They have struggled all year on that side of the ball. In fact, they have been one of, if not the worst offense in the league. However, they looked completely different on Sunday.
It started with the opening drive, which the Broncos scored on, going 92 yards total for a touchdown. That’s the first time all season the offense has scored on the opening drive.
#Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett is turning over play-calling duties to QB coach Klint Kubiak, per sources — a bold move to try to spark the offense and Russell Wilson starting today against the #Raiders. https://t.co/4ZGAiJbUfm— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 20, 2022
Before the game on Sunday against the Raiders, the Broncos announced that head coach Nathaniel Hackett was turning over the play calling to Klint Kubiak.
Based on some things that happened throughout the game, I’d say that was a good decision.
Broncos’ late decision to switch play calling was the right decision, maybe
The first drive was great for the Broncos. They went 92 yards and scored a touchdown, once again, something they have yet to do. And the second drive was good too.
On the second drive, the Broncos were once again able to mix the run with the pass, drive the ball down the field and end it with a field goal making their lead 10 points.
Now, even though the third offensive drive didn’t end the way they would have liked, it was still good too. They drove the ball down the field and got five yards from the goal line, but everything came crashing down.
Raiders’ defensive end Maxx Crosby was all over the place in the red zone. He started by forcing a fumble on Melvin Gordon, which was recovered by the Broncos for a loss on third and one.
That forced the Broncos to kick the field goal. Guess what, Crosby blocked that. So the Broncos entered the half with 10 points on three straight red zone drives.
The first half of play calling was different, and it worked. Now, the second half, that’s a different story.
After the half, the Broncos went three and out, six and out, and then a field goal. Then, the very next drive would be a three-and-out.
While I still believe that was the right decision, there are still things that need to be worked on.
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