The Fox Game of the Week this weekend was a clash between the Dallas Cowboys and the Denver Broncos.
Both teams came into the weekend 1-0 and the Cowboys looked to be the more impressive team in their week one victory.
They stomped the New York Giants in all facets of the game, by a score of 19-3. The Denver Broncos had to block a potential game winning field goal against the newly relocated Los Angeles Chargers in order to hold on to their victory.
The Broncos Defense heard all about how they were going to have to stop Dez, Zeke, and Dak. In week 1, the Cowboys offense put up 392 yards of offense on a very good Giants defense. Elliot and Dak put up big numbers and the cowboys rolled their division rival and looked extremely convincing on defense themselves.
Well, the Denver Broncos had no issues with either of the Cowboys young players or their prolific offense. Dallas was 3-13 on third down conversions for the game, 2-5 on fourth down conversions, and they were held to 268 total yards of offense.
Late in the third quarter, Elliot had 5 rushes for zero yards. That in itself, should tell the story of the game. He finished with a career low, 8 yards on 9 carries. Prescott actually finished ahead of Elliot with 24 rushing yards.
The Broncos had no trouble with the passing game either. Prescott was 30-50 for 228 yards but only had 4.4 yards per pass. The Denver corners were locking down on receivers trying to get deep, and caused 2 interceptions from a QB that only threw 4 total a year ago. Granted, one of those picks was a ball that Dez Bryant let bounce off of his hands and Talib was given a present on the tip.
Late in the game, Talib took the other INT 103 yards for a pick 6. Other than one downfield touchdown to Jason Witten, Dak was limited to throws inside of five yards, and receivers could not get enough separation to get any YAC.
Since Manning left 2 seasons ago, the Broncos have been known as a struggling offense. 7th round draft pick, Trevor Siemian, won the starting job at QB last season and has continued to impress John Elway and the Broncos organization.
He lit the Cowboys defense up for 231 passing yards and FOUR touchdowns, a career tying high. He got a lot of help from the running game combination of CJ Anderson and Jamal Charles. The two combined for 178 yards. 118 of those yards belonged to Anderson who also added 3 catches for 37 yards and 2 total touchdowns.
Thus far, Anderson looks like the guy that rushed for 849 yards and 8 touchdowns back in 2014. If he keeps that up, he will be the focal point of any defense the Broncos play, and that bodes well for Siemian’s progress.
The Broncos absolutely dominated one of the Superbowl contenders, as most have dubbed the Cowboys, on both sides of the ball, and walked away with this one 41-17. This game just put the Broncos on the map and near the top of most power ranking charts.
Let’s see if they can continue their performance again in week 3 against the Bills who they have a ton of similarities with in terms of how their teams are built. Either way, I’d say that Denver has arrived as an early contender this season.