Voila. Now how good was that performance? Oh how I love it when potential meets results. Forget the score and forget the troubles of the Giants, that was as complete a performance as the Broncos have shown in a while now.
The Offense was clicking on every cylinder.
The Defense was playing passionate, team defense
The special teams was solid but the most beautiful thing I saw Thursday, was the RESULT
First up, the Offense
Middle screens, as well as the bubble screen. Play-action passes out of the run formation, as well as the trap play off tackle. The offensive line moving people, and Knowshon being patient and powerful. Deep passes as well as the slant and quick outs. It was like the entire season wrapped up into one complete game. This is no slight to the coaches in any way because the players have not always executed and that causes the playbook to thin out a bit. But this week was the glimpse into the possible future under McDaniels that we have been longing for. There have been moments this season where they’ve shown the potential, but this week was about results.
Secondly, the Defense.
There was something missing from their play. It looked like the fire had died out but if you listen to the players, they were doing too much and not trusting each other enough. Whatever the missing ingredient was, problem solved. The defense was incredible as a whole against the run, maintaining gaps on the line while the backers filled and stuffed every attempt by the Giants. The D-line, out worked the Giants in the passing game and made Manning pay for every check down he was forced to make. The secondary was all over the Giants receivers and were superb in the run support. Brian Dawkins was, well, Brian Dawkins and every time a play needed to be made he was in to assist or blow it up solo. The defense, even if it’s not permanent, fixed the ills that had plagued them... and six points was the result.
Desire and passion are key to winning football, but without focus and unity they can be counterproductive. The Broncos spent a good amount of time learning how to get where passion and focus intersect. Fighting as hard as you possibly can will make you really tough to beat. But fight as hard as you can for the man next you….that’s what makes you a team, and that was what we saw on Thanksgiving.
The ugliest world in the NFL is potential; it’s akin to hype and rarely is the hype lived up to. The only thing that matters in the NFL is results. The Denver Broncos came out focused and fired up, the result was great execution. The execution gave the coaches the faith to call any play they wanted and the result was a frustrated Giants team. The Defense believed in each other and the result was a return to early dominance. The Broncos had something to prove and played like it. Result…the most complete game of the season.
I said it before and I’ll say it again, this town knows when they see the real deal and when their team is playing football the way it ought to be played. (Well at least most fans) So, let me use this forum to say thank you to the Broncos, because it feels really good to see your team perform that way. The TEAM believes in each other and the coach's believe in the TEAM. If that’s the TEAM that shows up each week, I think Broncos Nation can expect some very good RESULTS.