Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos were predicted to get back to the Super Bowl this season, but few predicted the increasingly ineffective running game to bog the Broncos down to a 1-2 start. Still, the Broncos aren’t in bad shape and have ways they will step up without a running game.
The Broncos rushed for just 59 yards on 21 carries against the Houston Texans in Week 3 and just 94 in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Manning was expected to go to the air this season, but the Bronco rushing attack wasn’t supposed to be this ineffective.
The issues keep mounting for a Broncos team that was favored by seven ESPN analysts to win the AFC West. A 1-2 start isn’t what fans were expecting, but fortunately, the AFC West is a weak division and the Broncos have a significant chance to win it.
That came to fruition in Week 4 against the Oakland Raiders, as the Broncos rushed for 165 yards on 38 attempts. Broncos fans shouldn't look too much into that performance, though. Oakland is 22nd against the rush (128.5 YPG). The Raiders gave up 263 rush yards to the Miami Dolphins in Week 2.
Here is how the Broncos will still step up despite missing an effective running game.