DENVER – Go ahead and admit it, if only to yourself.
You might have expected the Broncos to defeat the allegedly mighty Cowboys on Sunday afternoon.
But you didn’t expect the Broncos to romp to victory. You didn’t expect the Cowboys youthful superstar Ezekiel Elliott to bear a striking resemblance to The Invisible Man. You didn’t expect to see an utter beatdown.
Everyone expected to see a Super Bowl contender on Sunday. After Sunday’s domination, it’s not wild to ask: Did that contender wear Orange?
Here are three reasons why Broncos dominated Cowboys:
One – The rush defense.
Heading into this game, the Cowboys powerful and youthful offensive line was considered the finest in the NFL. Meanwhile, the Broncos rush defense was justifiably considered suspect after finishing 28th in the NFL last season.
Bronco defenders dominated the Cowboys offensive line. Elliott had nowhere to go, and Dallas was doomed. Quarterback Dak Prescott is a superb game manager, but he’s never been accused of being an elite passer. With Elliott silenced (he had 8 yards on 9 carries at end of third quarter) and virtually invisible, the Cowboys had no chance. Remember, this is a team that finished 13-3 last season and is considered a top Super Bowl contender.
Two – C.J. Anderson
C.J. Anderson is, in my view, the MIP - Most Important Player – of this edition of the Broncos. If he can remain healthy and rampage into defensive backfields at full steam, the Broncos can be mighty.
He was rampaging on Sunday. He was fast and elusive and running with a sinister spirit. His joy runs opened up the passing game.
Three – Trevor Siemian
Did we really go through a quarterback controversy in Colorado this summer? Hard to believe.
Siemian was usually blessed with time to scan the Cowboys secondary. He responded with an accurate, nervy performance. That interception? Don’t worry about it. There was some kind of communication issue with Demaryius Thomas.
Would you trade Siemian for Prescott?