by COOPER ROSS
Who’d a thunk it? The leading rusher from 2016 with the best offensive line in football goes up against a defense that lost major pieces from the year prior and has young, inexperienced, talent gets held to 8 yards on 9 carries.
Perhaps the most surprising win of week two was Denver (2-0) demolition of the Cowboys (1-1), 42-17. Broncos’ GM John Elway through the first two weeks of the 2017 season looks worthy of his new 5 year contract that made him the highest paid executive in the NFL. His major offensive line acquisitions of right guard, former Cowboy, Ronald Leary, Menelik Watson, and first round draft pick Garrett Boles look like major upgrades to the 2016 O-line that ranked 25th in the league according to Pro Football Focus. Many Bronco fans were disappointed with his decision to cut safety T.J. Ward and worried that it would ruin the defensive chemistry that won the team a Super Bowl just a year ago. But, they have not skipped a beat looking great in pass coverage. After all, Dak Prescott has thrown 33% of his career interceptions to the Denver secondary in only one game.
If we’re being honest Trevor Siemian is leading the NFL’s MVP race. After Sunday he is leading the league in passing touchdowns (6) and total touchdowns (7). He is striving in new offensive coordinator Mike McCoy’s system that relies on a strong run game to keep the defense uneasy. Siemian allows his receivers, half-backs, and tight ends make plays after the catch. #13 is capable of making accurate deep throws that he was not able to do in 2016 and is more comfortable taking chances on plays like rolling out of the pocket more to make throws on the run. Siemian’s two great first games of 2017 have been at home where the eye test would tell you he plays more comfortable. Although, his passer rating at home in 2016 (86.4) was lower than his passer rating on the road (86.6). HIs first away game of the year will be a major test to prove his doubters wrong that believe he is a tier 3 QB with the likes of older players such as Carson Palmer, Eli Manning, and Philip Rivers.
The #NoFlyZone defense played lights out with their back against the wall. Even with new defensive coordinator Joe Woods they played as one unit with the common goal of being dominant in all aspects, stuffing the run, rushing the quarterback, and getting takeaways. The front seven anchored by LOLB Von Miller and DE Derek Wolfe so far look like an upgrade from 2016 and maybe even on another level than the 2015 Super Bowl Champion defense. Cornerback Aqib Talib was tasked with covering Cowboy’s whiteout, and notorious pass dropper, Dez Bryant. The real “21 Savage” completely locked him down. Only allowing 7 catches on 16 targets for 59 yards. Talib capped off the game with the third longest pick six in NFL history for 103 yards.
The Broncos will have their first away matchup of the year in Buffalo where they will open up as 3 point favorites (-3). #BillsMafia has the longest active playoff drought in the NFL and are hopeful to squeak into the Wild Card spot with the leadership of fifth year QB Tyrod Taylor. The two teams that do not win the AFC West might have something to say about that.