This season, each and every week, I will bring you a film review article, exclusively for Mile High Huddle. Every touchdown that the Broncos score will be broken down for you. Here. On Mile High Huddle.
First, an explanation of my film schematics. The red arrows indicate routes or movement, coverage (as best I see it) will be indicated in squares. Blitzers will have green lines. The scorer’s name is underlined in yellow. Personnel are on the side in white. Once the play begins, I’ll circle things in yellow to bring your attention to them and players’ lines of sight will be in pink. The explanation of routes can be found here:
All this terminology and diagramming will be fairly clear when you see a play broken down. I list the TD# in game.
All images from NFL Game Rewind.
TD 1: 23 yard Demaryius Thomas pass
On a 3rd and 6, the Broncos use 11 personnel with Jacob Tamme split wide left of Demaryius Thomas. It’s press man coverage across the board for Kansas City. CB Sean Smith actually gets a very good jam on Demaryius Thomas off the line. However, Smith seems to jam him to the sideline, where Thomas simply runs down the outside of the numbers. Sean had help from S Ron Parker in the centerfield in Cover 1 inside. In other words, Smith should have funneled Thomas inside for the help.
Parker also takes a split second too long to react to Manning’s eyes and doesn’t roll over in time. Manning makes a great early throw and Thomas an even better catch looking back for the score.
TD 2: 15 yard C.J. Anderson pass
It’s a Cover 2 defense here from the Chiefs. The down is 3rd and 11, so they feel comfortable dropping their 2 safeties deep into coverage. Note LB Tamba Hali standing behind the line of scrimmage, and then sneaking closer. He’ll finally blitz into the A gap and absolutely overwhelm C Will Montgomery. LB Josh Mauga also comes completely free as he executes a great stunt on the defensive right side. LG Orlando Franklin should have disengaged to pick up the looping blitzer. Instead, Manning takes the outlet pass.
Anderson fakes a flat route. Instead, he cuts it right back to the center of the field. One play after blowing up a WR flare screen for a five yard loss, LB Justin Houston is in coverage and allows far too much cushion to the sideline. Anderson gets inside him and splits the safeties, forcing missed tackles for the touchdown.
Tune in next week for breakdowns of more scores!