NFL Week 3: 5 Steps Denver Broncos Must Take to Defeat Tennessee Titans
When the Denver Broncos take LP Field in Nashville this Sunday, they are going to have to pull out all the stops to beat the Tennessee Titans. In fact, it may actually require a small miracle of sorts because from injuries to building on their running game, the Denver Broncos are going to have to manage mile-high hurdles to come out victorious in this week's game.
Elvis (Dumervil) Must Re-Enter the Building
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To have the best chance of winning against the Tennessee Titans this Sunday, the Denver Broncos need their defensive end, No. 92, Elvis Dumervil ready to play. Coach John Fox has said he is "very hopeful" that many of his injured players will be returning to the field this week, Dumervil among them.
With the Titans' impressive win over the Baltimore Ravens this past Sunday, the Broncos need all the help they can get on defense to be able to stop one Mr. Kenny Britt who put up 135 yards in receiving. And while Chris Johnson has yet to show his much-touted potential during this 2011-12 season, if the Titans feel the Broncos are eyeing Britt, they can always go to Johnson to change things up.
So, while we're at it, let's make sure the Broncos get Champ Bailey and D.J. Williams back in the mix as well.
Build on Budding Running Game
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With Knowshon Moreno a no-show at last week's game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Willis McGahee was utilized in John Fox's "next man up" game plan. McGahee rushed for just over 100 yards and many argue that he may have fought his way into the No. 1 slot at running back.
Coming up against the Titans' stingy defense this week, the Broncos may want to continue focusing their attention on improving their running game as it's an ultimate goal of Coach John Fox, but also because Tennessee forced three turnovers against the Ravens in Sunday's game.
Make Kenny Britt Quit
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Wide receiver Kenny Britt put up some impressive numbers at last week's game against the Baltimore Ravens with nine receptions for a total of 135 yards, ranking second overall in the NFL for receiving yards.
With the Broncos defense shorthanded, focus and dedication to keeping an eye on this man will have to be maintained in order to have the Broncos come out on top over the Titans. With his agility and ability to make players misstep, Britt is a rising star that the Broncos will have to lock onto in order to keep the game winnable.
Keep Eric Decker on Deck
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Another Broncos player who "manned up" this past week was wide receiver Eric Decker. Having primarily been used as a punt returner prior to Sunday's game, Decker was called up due to numerous injuries in the wide-out position and performed admirably.
Many Broncos fans felt that Decker was Sunday's MVP and was vital in the win against the Cincinnati Bengals. With five receptions for 113 yards, Decker was all over the field with two trips finishing in the end zone.
With Brandon Lloyd still questionable this week, John Fox should really consider keeping Eric Decker in as WR as the Broncos will need to utilize both a running and passing game to dominate the Titans.
Keep the Tennessee Titans Guessing: Play Tim Tebow
Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton
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The last step necessary in victory over the Titans is for the Denver Broncos to find Tim Tebow a more prevalent role on the team. But not as an emergency, third string wide receiver.
Kyle Orton, while showing improvement in this past Sunday's game, is known for driving the Broncos down the field only to pull hard on the reins when entering the red zone. Many fans and analysts alike have argued that pulling Tim Tebow in for red-zone moments would be a nice way to change the tempo of the game, make the fans happy and keep the defense on their toes.
The Titans have a strong defense and after watching all of maybe two game tapes of Kyle Orton, they'll know that when the pressure is on, Orton has a tendency to either throw the ball away or get sacked. Switching things up with Tim Tebow who has the ability to run and dodge a few tackles could be just the extra nudge the Broncos need to put another notch in the win column.