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Woody Paige: Broncos blast Cowboys for Red Miller

September 17, 2017 Updated: September 18, 2017 at 6:27 am
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photo - Denver Broncos tight end Virgil Green (85) celebrates at the end zone after his completed touchdown during the game on Sunday September 17, 2017 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).
Denver Broncos tight end Virgil Green (85) celebrates at the end zone after his completed touchdown during the game on Sunday September 17, 2017 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette). 

The Orange crushed the Cowboys.

And this one’s for Red.

The Broncos’ 42-17 pulverizing of the Cowboys concluded with an exclamation mark in the last minute as Aq!b Tal!b raced 103 yards with the longest touchdown interception return in the franchise’s storied history.

The whale got Captain Ahab. Captain Aqib harpooned the whale.

How ‘’bout them Horses!

Thunder, lightning and the Cowboys couldn’t interrupt the Broncos’ Mile highest-scoring total since 2014’s final regular-season game (47-14 over the Raiders).

Welcome back, Big O, to unite with the Big D against ‘’dallas’’.

For example, C.J. Anderson finished with 110 more rushing yards than Ezekiel Elliott.

Elliott had 8 measly, meagre yards.

For another example, the premier cornerback duo in the NFL had two picks of Dak Prescott as the Cowboys quarterback suffered his worst defeat in the pros.

For one additional example, the Broncos’ lines, offensive and defense, dominated and decimated the Back Street ‘Boys. The renovated offensive line, even with the loss of rookie Garett Bolles during the game to a serious injury, created crevices for Denver backs to rush for 178 yards.  And the refurbished defensive line limited Dallas backs to only 40 yards.

If that wasn’t a perfect victory @Mile High stadium, it was in the vicinity.

Trevor Siemian threw four—count ‘em—four touchdown passes, an achievement that hasn’t occurred since Peyton Manning left the building.

Supermian connected with Emmanuel Sanders twice (10 and 6 yards), Anderson (16) and Virgil Green (2) while playing Manning-like, barking out “Omaha’’ and “Hurry, Hurry’’ and acting like a seven-year veteran, not a seventh-round draft choice, and guiding the Broncos to more points in three quarters than in any four quarters of last season.

Trevor performed in front of Peyton, his predecessor and his mentor as a rookie, as the Broncos appeared on FOX’s “America’s Game of the Week’’. Who was the real America’s Team on Sunday?

The Cowboys certainly couldn’t contain, control, check, cover and comprehend the Broncos.

This blowout reminded me of Super Bowl XII in New Orleans – in reverse – when the Broncos were drubbed.

Dak couldn’t complete a pass down field, and Zeke couldn’t get past the scrimmage line.  Until very late, Elliott didn’t have a drive, and Elliott didn’t have one yard.

Vance Joseph smiled as he remained undefeated as a head coach, and Jason Garrett scratched his head in disbelief as he absorbed the third worst loss of his tenure as head coach.

Skeptics (moi) became believers during the lightning delay of 62 minutes and during the 60 minutes of actual game time. The Broncos’ 21 points before the suspension of play may have been a game-changer, but the 21 points after the resumption could be a season-changer.

The Broncos are playing with a passion and skill not witnessed since the postseason that produced the Super Bowl 50 championship. There is, of course, the No-Fly Zone. Prescott had 238 yards, but most were garbage. On Sunday there was the No-Rush Zone and, of course, Von Miller and his new pal Shaq Barrett -- playing in front of the retired DeMarcus Ware – creating havoc in the Dallas backfield.

On offense, Siemian utilized eight difference receivers, emphasizing Demaryius Thomas and Sanders.

And C.J. and J.C. (Jamaal Charles) were ground-busters against rugrats.

A note: The Broncos haven’t lost yet this exhibition and regular season.

As I pointed out in Sunday’s Gazette, the Cowboys are cursed against the Broncos, and especially in Denver. They haven’t won in Colorado in a quarter century or anywhere in 22 years, and won’t for another four years unless the teams meet again in the Super Bowl.

Sunday’s game was even more decisive than the 1980 41-20 victory by the Broncos, also in Week 2.

The Broncos’ coach then was Red Miller – who had taken the Broncos to that Super Bowl against the Cowboys.  Miller, featured on the back cover of the Broncos’ media guide, will be inducted into the Ring of Fame on Nov. 10.

And he’s fighting as hard as he ever did as a coach to be there.

Red will turn 90 next month. Whenever I see him, Red’s always wearing his Broncos’ coaching jacket.

Last Monday night, at the very end of the Broncos’ victory over the Charger, Red suffered a stroke for the second time. He is in recovery. May your thoughts be with him.

Orange was all Red on Sunday.

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