The Broncos came, they saw, and they conquered the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first week of the 2012 NFL season…Peyton Manning was masterful in orchestrating the new look Denver offense. Manning himself was 19 of 26 for 253 yards and two touchdowns, good for a 129.2 QB rating. On limited carries, the running game looked good lead by RB Willis McGehee.
McGehee himself ran the rock 16 times for 64 yards and a four yard per rush average.
The defense looked stellar for the most part. There’s now a trio of pass rushers on the Broncos that will wreck havoc…Elvis Dumervil, Von Miller, meet Derek Wolfe. There three will be a problem on a weekly basis. We know what Dumervil and Miller can do, but Wolfe was on the scene from the get go, and the Steelers had made notice of him early.
They were already starting to double team the kid. Three tackles, a sack and a tackle for a loss is how he made his NFL debut. One of the newest acquisitions this offseason was cornerback Tracy Porter. This was a move that went under the radar, but five pass deflections and pick six for the former New Orléans Saint.
But now that the honeymoon is over, the dust has settled and we start looking forward to week two, there were some things that the Broncos need to work on going ahead. One is the slow start. Several dropped passes again with the Bronco receivers early in the game. Starters Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas both have problems catching the ball on a consistent basis since they were drafted.
Another issue is getting off the field on third down. 11 of 19, that’s how many times the Steelers converted on third down. Whether the d-line isn’t getting to the quarterback fast enough or the secondary has a mishap and allows the QB to find the receiver makes it a problem for the team. This is a defense right now that is built like the Indianapolis Colts defense when Manning was there, when the team has the lead, they can let their defense run wild on the quarterback. That was evident on the last drive against the Steelers, but there will be plenty of time where the Broncos could have to play from behind and will have to help the offense by getting off the field after third down.
The Broncos have their work cut out for them, the victory against the Steelers was a good start, but the next opponent, the Atlanta Falcons, will surely put the defense to the test with Julio Jones and Roddy White on the outside.
-Joshua Ryan Reising