Denver Broncos Will Utilize Run-Heavy Offense Against New England Patriots

Christopher SmithCorrespondent IIIDecember 16, 2011

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17: Tim Tebow #15 hands off to Willis McGahee #23 of the Denver Broncos during the game against the New York Jets at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty Images)
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The Denver Broncos and Tim Tebow host the high-flying New England Patriots and their ever-efficient, gun-slinging captain Tom Brady on Sunday.

When preparing for a game of such a high caliber and of such high importance it may be assumed that the game plan would be complicated.

You would think an underdog like the Broncos would need all the tricks they can pull out of what would appear to be a short sleeve in order to beat a juggernaut like the Patriots.

The truth is this offensive game plan will be as simple as it gets.

It's been said in show business. It's true in a professional resume. It's just as true in the sports world.

Always put your best foot forward.

When we think of the word "best," we mean an element that surpasses all others. 

It's clear what element of Denver's game surpasses the others at this point: The Broncos are just flat-out great when it comes to running the ball.

They're ranked as the No. 1 rushing offense in the league for a reason. It's because they're the best at it. So, why not do what's worked against so many other teams?

Don't mess with success. There's really no reason to stray from what Denver can do efficiently.

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 06:  Willis McGahee #23 of the Denver Broncos runs the ball in for a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum on November 6, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The run game has worked so effectively for Denver due to how the team implements it into its game plans and because of the talent it has carrying the ball.

What Denver does best is wear out its opponents with relentless force on the ground. After three quarters of running the football directly down their throat, the defense begins to wear.

This is exactly why Tebow—a presumed passing-impaired quarterback—is able to throw the way he does in the fourth quarter.

By the time 45 minutes have passed on the game clock, the defensive players have their hands on their hips and are struggling to gasp for air in the thin atmosphere of the Mile High City.

Enter the long-awaited passing game.

The defensive backs are asleep, the front seven are clawing to pull their faces off the turf, and Tebow's arm is as fresh as it was in the first quarter.

What's even better about Denver's destructive rushing attack is the effect it has on its own defense.

Tick-tock. Tick-tock.

The clock almost never stops running when Denver is in control.

Meanwhile, Denver's defensive unit is drinking Gatorade, discussing its next trip on-field and cheering on its clock-eating offense.

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos runs for the game winning touchdown against Antonio Cromartie #31 of the New York Jets at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Garrett W. Ell
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When an absolute beast like Von Miller is allowed to rest up for more than half of the game, look out! This guy is scary, and he's working his way closer to the Defensive Rookie of the Year award every single week.

This team runs best as a cohesive and fully operational unit. All the parts have to work together to succeed.

It all starts with running the ball.

If it weren't enough that Denver is terrifying when carrying the ball, it also happens to be riding a six-game winning streak.

And better yet, it's facing the 32nd-ranked defense in the league.

Watch out for the trap game, New England. Denver plans to keep the ball in its hands on Sunday, and it doesn't look like this defense can do much to take it back.

Prediction: New England Patriots 24, Denver Broncos 34