Coming into the 2009 NFL season, the Denver Broncos were looked at as a rebuilding team who would need one or two more years to win games on a consistent basis. All of the alleged turmoil began when Denver fired their future hall of fame coach Mike Shanahan, then when they ran their franchise Quarter back out of town for Kyle Orton. To only make things worst their second best player on offense before Jay Cutler left, wanted out of Denver, Brandon Marshall was close to not being a Denver Bronco and he would have been playing for some other team.
Going into the preseason the Broncos looked below average, and they continued to play average throughout the preseason. When the Broncos season officially started out on the road against The Cincinnati Bengals who are a surprising 4-1, they were underdogs. After a lucky Brandon Stokley catch and run in the final seconds of the game the Broncos advanced to 1-0. This was where the Denver D really shined, they only gave up one rushing touchdown and played stingy the whole game. Week two against the Cleveland Browns was a romping of the Browns. The Broncos ran with force and the Defense played outstanding allowing zero touchdowns, which lead to the Broncos winning 27-6.
Against Oakland Denver was outstanding forcing JaMarcus Russell to throw two interceptions and only allowing the Raiders to score on a field goal. The next week against Dallas the Broncos were picked as underdogs and mostly no one thought they would give Dallas a run for their money. Denver started off this game terrible, the were not able to score and they let Tashard Choice, Marian Barber and the Cowboys score 10 easy points in the first half. Coming into the second half the game was all Denver. Denver scored 17 unanswered points and the game was decided by a key 51 yard catch and run by Brandon "The Beast" Marshall.
After that game the Broncos were 4-0 and surprisingly they were still underdogs at home against New England. Coming into this game, many NFL analyst shot the Broncos down in, by saying that they have not played any real good teams, and that the Patriots would give them a reality check. Sounds like they were wrong. The Broncos not only played well against the Patriots but they won in a great physical battle. Denver's Defense started off the game looking quite average at best against Tom Brady and the Patriots, but as soon as second half hit the Patriots were virtually shut down and that gave the Broncos offense their much needed time to gather their troops and play better. This game was very well decided by Kyle Orton and the Broncos offense 98 yard drive in which it ended in a Brandon Marshall touchdown, it was his second of the day. The Broncos forced the Patriots into overtime when Vonnie Holiday forced a fumble on Tom Brady. In overtime the Broncos got the ball first and that was all they needed. They marched right down the field mainly thanks to Knowshon Moreno, Denver's very talented running back. It was only the second time that Bill Belichick lost the first game to one of his disciple's it was also the first time that a team lost the turnover margin in a game and still beat the Patriots. This is the first time Denver started 5-0 since their 1998 super bowl season. This is also the best Denver defense since the old orange crush days where Denver first started using the 3-4 defense.
If people are still wondering if the Denver Broncos are for real, then that's just the denial kicking in. This team is for real and with their top 5 defense and the offense coming around, the sky is the limit for this complete team. They have the star power and the coaching to make a deep run in the playoffs. Now it may be too early to be talking about Denver in the playoffs, but you certainly want to see a team like this make it to the playoffs, and they certainly have the team to do that.
Defense- The Denver Broncos defense lead by Mike Nolan is scary good. They stopped Tom Brady when the Denver Broncos made costly mistakes on punts, fumbles, and lack of offense in the first half, which gave the Patriots the ball back many times, you never want to give Tom Brady the ball many times. The Broncos defense stood up to the task and they are still the only team in NFL history that has a winning record against Bill Belichick.
Offense- The Denver Broncos offense started out in a custom version of the Wild-cat that the Miami Dolphins ran. This was an interesting formation as it worked really well until a missed kick by Prater. The offense after that could not keep a drive and they scored only one touchdown in the fist half. When the second half started the Broncos completely dominated the Patriots, this was mainly seen by the 98 yard drive. At the end of the game the Denver offense won the game after the defense stopped Brady's Patriots. Big kudos to Eddie Royal for making some clutch tough grabs. Also kudos to Brandon Marshall for playing like a top receiver again and showing why he needs a new contract.
The Denver Broncos are for real whether people want to believe it or not, they have the fire power and the coaching staff, lead by young Josh McDaniels, to do big things in the NFL. This team is not the best because they certainly have many things to improve on, but as soon as they fix their problems watch out league you are in for a rude awakening for the next 5 or more years to come.
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